2017 Instructors and Assistants 

All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified. 





























Kate Gomes-Program Director

Hometown: Midlothian, VA

Sailing Stats: Started sailing right here at GRSA when I was seven years old and have been on the water ever since. I sailed through college at Christopher Newport University where I now work as an Athletic Academic Mentor. After college I went on to graduate school at Old Dominion University while also running the sailing programs at the Sailing Center on Norfolk Naval Base. I married a wonderful Naval Aviator which took us to Corpus Christi, TX where I worked for two years starting and running a sailing program at Lake Canyon Yacht Club in Canyon Lake Texas. Reassignment brought us back to Hampton Roads and I now have the privilege of working for GRSA right back where I started!

Hobbies/interests: Cooking, crafting, and being a mom to an very busy little lady.


Kaitlyn Reilly-Instructor

Hometown: Midlothian, VA

College: Christopher Newport University

Sailing Stats: I started sailing right here at GRSA! (Best club ever!) I grew up with the program and some of the other instructors learning in Sunfish, Albacores, and Lasers. This summer camp taught me a lifelong skill that I’ve carried with me for eight years now. Learning how to sail has shaped my life more than I could ever imagine. I’m now a varsity collegiate sailor and through that I’ve gotten to experience cool things like the VOLVO Ocean Race, and learning how to sail on big boats.

Hobbies/interests: Although I spend most of my time on boats, you can find me at Chipotle almost any day of the week. Shark week is the best week out of the year, I think the megalodon is still out there.  Bruce Springsteen is my favorite artist. I love a nice game of trivia. 



Matteo Murelle-Instructor

Hometown:  Midlothian

College:  Christopher Newport University

Sailing Stats:Originally I was afraid of the wind, but through sheer willpower (and being thrown on as many boats as possible by my father) I managed to overcome my fear and learn to love sailing

Hobbies/interests: I love watching soccer, reading, and long walks on the beach 




Alex Sisco-Instructor

Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia 

College: Virginia Tech

Sailing Stats: Started at age 11 and GRSA sail camps and have been sailing ever since. 

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy singing and dancing as well as refereeing soccer. 




Ryan Flanagan-Instructor

Hometown:Chesterfield, VA

High School: Lloyd C. Bird High School

Sailing Stats: I started sailing through this camp and began to love sailing. In 2014 I was the junior sailor of the year for GRSA.

Hobbies/interests: Robotics, volunteering, and tennis.






Austin Cook-Instructor

Hometown: Glen Allen, Virginia

High school: Deep Run High school

Sailing Stats: My family introduced me to sailing when I was young. I then was a student at Sail Camp for several years. During this time I fell in love with the sport and saved up enough money to buy my own Laser. The past two summers I worked as an assistant instructor and it was a terrific experience.  I look forward to instructing this year.

Hobbies/interests: I am involved in my Church youth group, I love to hunt with my brother and dad, and I also run Cross Country and Track for my high school.





Nate Taminger-Assistant Instructor

Hometown: Midlothian Virginia

High School: Maggie Walker Governor's School

Sailing Stats: I started sailing sunfishes when I was 8 years old at GRSA. I participated for 4 years in the GRSA Sail Camp before I became a member of the staff. I am excited to be returning for my 3rd year as a member of the staff. My favorite sailing experience was living aboard a 45 ft catamaran and sailing around the British Virgin Islands for three weeks in 2014.

Hobbies/interests: I also enjoy playing tennis and photography. 





Jack Williams-Assistant Instructor

Hometown: Midlothian, VA

High School: Midlothian High School

Sailing Stats: I started sailing when I was 7 years old and have loved getting out on the water ever since. I currently have a Laser 2 which is a lot of fun to sail.

Hobbies/Intrest: Sailing, Tennis, Soccer.



Rachel Leipold-Assistant Instructor

Hometown: Midlothian, VA

High School: James River High School

Sailing Stats: Started sailing on Flying Scots in OBX, then I participated in GRSA sail camp where I realized how much I love the sport! Last year I worked as a volunteer instructor. I also got my keelboat certification sailing Colgate 26s in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, at the Offshore Sailing School. My family owns a Flying Scot here at the club. 

Hobbies/interests: FC Richmond travel soccer, skiing, and traveling.



Andy Logan-Assistant Instructor

Hometown: Richmond, Va

High School: Douglas Freeman High School

Sailing Stats: I got interested in sailing after trying it at a camp on the James River. Our family bought a sailboat and joined GRSA two years ago. I attended GRSA sail camp summer of 2014 and worked as volunteer with GRSA sail camp summer of 2015. 

Hobbies/interests: DSF wrestling team, Strikers soccer.

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