Nick Kaschak
Program Director

Nick was born in Connecticut, and raised between Rhode Island and San Diego.  He grew up through the San Diego Yacht Club Junior Program and attended Point Loma High School. During his junior sailing years, he claimed titles of High School Fleet Race National Champion and Snipe Class Junior National Champion. Upon graduating high school, Nick attended UCSB where he was named three-times All-PCCSC Skipper and helped lead the Gauchos to multiple post-season appearances. During his time at UCSB, Nick also worked as a SBYSF Race Team Coach.

After graduating, Nick moved back to San Diego and assumed the role of Head Sailing Coach at San Diego Yacht Club and Coach for Point Loma High School. His sailors have amassed numerous results included: 2x High School (ISSA) Laser National Champions, 2x High School (ISSA) Team Race National Champions, 2015 High School (ISSA) Fleet Race National Champions, 2014 Club 420 Class National Champion, 2016 Club 420 Class North American Champion, 2x Laser Midwinters Champions, and 2018 CFJ National Champion. In addition, Nick’s sailors have gone on to become top recruits at many elite college sailing programs. Nick is a US Sailing Level-3 certified coach and has been a nominee for US Sailing Development Coach of the Year.

In recent years, Nick has won the United States Match Race National Championship, twice won New York Yacht Club's Morgan Cup, won Southern Yacht Club's Soiland Cup, won SDYC's Lipton Cup, won the Etchells Class Corinthian Nationals, and most recently the 2018 NYYC Resolute Cup.

When he is not on the water coaching or sailing, Nick enjoys spending his time outdoors either cycling, mountain biking, surfing, or camping.


Lucas PIerce
Opti Coach

Lucas has been sailing since the age of six and has sailed extensively in Santa Barbara, throughout the US and even sailed in Europe. He started out in the Santa Barbara Seashell Association then continued on to the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation. He competed in the Optimist until the age of 14. During that time, he qualified for the US National Team twice, represented the USA at the Riva Del Garda Invitational in Lake Garda, Italy, won the inaugural SCYYRA Carrie Series and competed all over the US.

After growing out of the Optimist, Lucas moved on to the Laser Radial, 29er, J70 and many other boats. A few of his accomplishments in those classes include: Top 3 in SCYYRA Hamlin Series, 2nd ISSA Cressy Nationals, 8th ICSA Singlehanded Nationals, B-Division Winning Skipper HS PCCs, J/70 Youth National Champion.

In his free time, Lucas loves to fish, rock climb, and sleep.


Alex Ivory
Green Fleet Coach

Alex has been coaching sailing since she was fifteen years old. She grew up racing sabots starting at the age of 6 years old in Newport Beach, progressing to C420's and CfJ's and racing around the country for BCYC and Corona del Mar High School. Graduating from UCSB, she continues to coach for SBYSF, focusing on Novice and Green Fleet sailors, as well as working as a rigger and apprenticing a sail designer. In her spare time she is beginning her journey as a professional film photographer. 


Beccy Anderson

Beccy Anderson was born and raised in Northport, NY. She grew up in the Centerport Yacht Club Junior Sailing program racing Opti's and C420's. She attended Saint Anthonys High School where she was the captain of the Friars Sailing Team and sailed for LIOST. She started coaching at the age of 16 at the local YMCA and then became the Optimist race coach for 2 years at the Oyster Bay Water Front Center. 

Upon graduating from Saint Anthony's she attended Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI where she received a degree in graphic design. There she sailed for the Hawks Varsity Sailing Team and performed on the A-Team for 3 years. She finished off her college sailing career getting 2nd at ICSA Team Race Nationals, 6th at ICSA Fleet Racing Nationals and receiving the honor of 2018 All American Crew. 

When Beccy isn't sailing double-handed boats you can find her on a Melges 24, J111 or a Viper 640! In addition to sailing, she loves skiing, running, hiking and painting. 


Tucker Atterbury

Tucker began racing sailboats in 2005 when his family moved to Santa Barbara. He started out in the US Sabot through the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation and the Sea Shell Association. He then progressed to CFJ’s and C420’s through middle school continuing into high school. Eventually he began sailing the 29er which he competed in all over the US and Europe with a highlight of 2nd place in the 2011 US Sailing Youth Championship. 

Tucker continued sailing in college at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI where he sailed on the varsity sailing team as both a helmsman and a crew in the CFJ, Z420 and J-70 during his time in Rhode Island. Tucker continued to sail larger boats during his college years. Since 2012 he has  competed at the top level in the Melges 24, J-70 and viper 640 one-design classes. Notable results and appearances include: 2nd place at 2018 and 2017 Viper 640 Pacific Coast Championships, 2017 Heineken Regatta-Saint Maarten, 2016 and 2015 Key West Race Week, 2015 Bacardi Race Week-Miami, 2014 Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, top ten in Corinthian class at 2015 and 2014 Melges 24 Nationals.

In addition to his racing experience, Tucker is a USCG Licensed Captain and a nationally certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. He gained hands-on medical experience while working for Park City Resort Ski Patrol during the winter of 2018-19.

Tucker says he is, “thrilled to be working with the SBYSF and giving back to the Santa Barbara community by teaching sailing to its youth.”