The Leaders of Our Youth Sailors!
Lakewood is proud to offer a crew of highly qualified sailing coaches. Most of the coaches
are available for private lessons for individuals and small groups.
Please contact the Waterfront Director to schedule your lesson.
|Terry Flynn | Waterfront Director|
As Waterfront Director, I will play a key role in shaping and promoting the Club's youth and adult sailing programs. The continued growth and success of LYC's internationally recognized youth sailing program is a high priority. I will work with the coaching staff to help young sailors prepare for national and international competitions as well as develop new programs, fleets, and events.I am really excited to be working with the Lakewood Yacht Club members, staff and coaches. Our coaches are some of the best and are doing a great job. I hope to help them build on the already great program.
|Bernat Gali Bou | Racing & Head Opti Coach|
Bernat Galí Bou is a Top National and International Youth Sailing Coach from Barcelona, Spain and currently serves as Head Coach for Lakewood Yacht Club. Bernat started sailing Optis at the age of 8 near Barcelona and placed consistently in the Top 20 on the National Rankings. He then moved to Lasers where he sailed from Laser 4.7 to Radial and full Rig, getting his best results on Laser Radial. Twice he became National Champion, getting outstanding results at Europeans and Worlds, and finishing in the Top 20 for several years. Bernat started a Pre-Olympic campaign when he was 18, and decided to pursue coaching full-time when he reached 21. Starting as Head Coach at Cambrils Yacht Club in Spain, Bernat won the reputation of one of the most talented coaches across Spain. Deciding to further develop his international career, he relocated to Southeast Asia to coach the Myanmar Laser National Team. After participating in the 37th SEA Games, he was finally selected as the Head Coach at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club in New Zealand, later coached the Iceland National Team to prepare them for the ISAF Worlds in 2014 and followed by becoming the Head Coach at Niantic Bay Yacht Club in Connecticut during the Summer. For the last three years, Bernat has been leading the Optimist Program at Lakewood, while combining his position as Head Opti Coach with coaching the Lakewood’s High School Program. Bernat also serves as National Team Coach for the United States Optimist Dinghy Association, coaching at National Team practices across the country and International Regattas around the Globe. Lately, Bernat has been selected to coach the Puerto Rico National Team at the upcoming IODA World Championships in Antigua, July 4-16
|Jon Larson | Sailing Director|
Jon Larson started sailing Optimists out of Houston Yacht Club when he was 4 years old and quickly fell in love with the sport of sailing. Growing up, he competed in Optimists, Lasers and C420's and started coaching learn to sail and green fleet Optimists for HYC, after graduating high school in 2006. Jon attended the University of Arkansas where he earned a degree in Finance and Economics, but quickly moved back to Texas after graduation. Vowing never to be land locked again, he attended Texas A&M for graduate school earning a master’s in Maritime Administration and Logistics, and his Third Mate Unlimited Tonnage License. Through coaching, he has had the pleasure of working with some of the top Optimist programs and coaches in the US, coaching at national and international events over the past twelve years.
|Katie Cummings | Sailing Coach|
Katie Cummings started sailing at a young age but really got into racing when she was 12. Manly sailing Laser Radial and Vanguard 15 in her youth years for Seabrook Sailing Club. At 16 Katie received a student membership at Lakewood Yacht Club and sailed with the team for her last few years of youth sailing. In 2010 Katie went off to attend Old Dominion University where she was on the sailing team. When living in Virginia she became the Assistant High School Sailing Coach for Norfolk Academy for a year. Then, in 2013 Katie transferred to the University of Houston to pursue her degree in Geology. In all Katie has been coaching on and off at Lakewood since 2011 where she has coached Learn to sail, Green fleet, and Red White & Blue Optimists regularly. Katie has since graduated and works full time during the week as a Senior GIS Technician for a Right of Way company in Sugarland. She is excited to be coaching on Saturday’s as an escape from the office life.
|Dane Byerly | Opti Sailing Coach|
Dane Byerly is a lifetime Seahorse growing up in the Lakewood Yacht Club junior program. Since returning to the area Dane has become an important part of the LYC coaching staff. He is one of our Opti coaches working with the RWB Fleet as well as heading our Opti Green Fleet program. He holds a US Sailing Level 1 license and has a great race record including:
- 1st 2015 Sears Cup
- 1st 2012 Optimist Midwinters
- 1st 2016 Mallory Cup