Sailing Program Staff

Sailing Director- Brian Ledbetter

Brian Ledbetter is currently the Sailing Director at Seattle Yacht Club, having joined the SYC staff in 2004. His major areas of responsibility include the Sailboat Racing Program and the Junior Sailing Program . Brian is a two-time Olympian and Silver Medalist, having competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. In addition to Olympic Silver Medal in the Finn Class, Brian has a Goodwill Games Gold Medal and multiple National Championships to his credit. Brian is originally from San Diego and an alumnus of the San Diego Yacht Club junior racing team. He attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1985. While at Navy, he was a three-time College Sailing All-American and two-time National Champion. He also competed in the 2003 America's Cup Trials in New Zealand and as Sailing Team Operations Manager with the OneWorld Team. Seattle has been home for Brian and his family since 1992.

Race Team Coach- Cameron Hoard

Cameron grew up racing Lasers, Lightnings, and his family’s Ranger 26 in Upstate New York and all over the Atlantic Coast. After a successful junior sailing career, Cameron pursued his interest in music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He spent his college summers and weekends coaching, racing, and managing races on Boston Harbor for The Courageous Sailing Center. 


After graduating college in 2005, he moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area to coach at The San Francisco Yacht Club. Initially hired as the First Year Race Team Coach, Cameron worked into the position of Head Sailing and High School Race Team Coach. As Head Coach, he oversaw the staff of sailing instructors and handled the enrollment and structure of the SFYC summer season program and year-round high school racing program. The high school race teams combined five high schools, about 35 sailors, into a collaborative practice environment and rigorous regatta schedule. 


Cameron traveled extensively with both the high school and summer race teams to various regattas throughout California.  Every season the high school teams qualified for PCISA Gold Pacific Coast Championships, as well as many sailors being accepted into the CISA advanced racing clinic.  At SFYC Cameron also coached the Opti Race Team, taught Adult Sailing and Learn to Sail courses in Optis, Lasers, Keelboats and FJs.


Following his time at SFYC, Cameron went to work for Doyle Sailmakers San Francisco, where he built one design, cruising, and custom racing sails for a variety of boats. While working at Doyle, he raced on many boats, often trimming sails he had built.


In addition, Cameron coached John Pearce to a 5th place standing at the Laser Olympic trials of 2008 and also taught sailing at San Francisco State University.


Aside from sailing, Cameron likes to write and produce music, hike, camp, snowboard, and spend time with friends and family. He’s excited to be a part of Seattle Yacht Club and is looking forward to lots of fun and hard work on the water!


Sailing Programs Coordinator- Angela Frost

Angela joined the Sailing Office staff in 2010. As Sailing Programs Coordinator, she manages all facets of the Summer Sailing School, coordinates volunteers and manages the SYC booth at the Seattle Boat Show, assists with regatta management and sponsorship, and teaches private sailing lessons.

Angela is a Milwaukee, WI native, where she grew up on the water. As a youth, she began sailing competitively as a member of the South Shore Yacht Club Junior Sailing Team, and raced Club 420s throughout the Great Lakes. She later attended the University of Miami (FL), where she became a founder of the University of Miami Sailing Team. She was team co-Captain for her four years in Miami, and the largely self-coached team has become nationally competitive. Angela is also an experienced US Sailing Level 1 Certified Sailing Instructor, and has taught at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, Lake Forest Sailing, Miami Catamarans, and Seattle Yacht Club. Prior to her current position as Seattle Yacht Club Sailing Programs Coordinator, she taught youth and adult classes at SYC.

2015 Sailing Instructors

Lead Sailing Instructors:

Paul Chyz
 Katie Cramer
Dani Erjavec

Ryan Green

Monica Murphy
Hans Watkins

Adult Lesson Instructors:

Kris Thompson
Lucy Jones
Katie Cramer


Jaan Budzianowski
Cooper Johnson
Lauren Clemett
Garrick Krol
Alex Demmler
Adam Krzeszowski
Sheridan Ferguson
Maddie Lee
Bailey Flinn
Alex Martin
Charles Fratt
Nils Watkins
Jordan Guzak
Teva Wiese
Jack Holbrook
Waverley Woodley
Lauren Holderman

Junior Instructors:

Jackie Airut-Murphy
Ryan Graff
Per Anderson
Sophia Hoag
Bryce Baker
Grace Lewis
Josephine Ballew
Ian McCurdy
Bennett Baynham
Marco McGavick
Riley Baynham
Bayley Peterson
Abbie Carlson
Yusuf Rasheed
Christopher Brooke
Megan Skene
AnaLucia Clarkson


2015 Instructors

Contact Information

Sailing Office phone: (206) 926-1011       
Fax: (206) 324-8784    
Address: 1807 E. Hamlin St.
                 Seattle, WA 98112      

Brian Ledbetter, Sailing Director:

Cameron Hoard, Race Team Coach:

Angela Frost, Sailing Programs Coordinator:

Seattle Yacht Club Sailing Instructors

Seattle Yacht Club employs 12-15 Summer Sailing Instructors each week. The Instructors are
all experienced sailors, with Level 1 Instructor Certification from US Sailing, and First Aid and
CPR training through the American Red Cross.