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


Coach Cam joined the SYC staff in 2011. He has been on the water 200+ days a year for the SYC Jr Race Team ever since. Cam is US Sailing Level 3 certified coach.

Originally from Upstate New York, Cam has coached and sailed extensively on both US coasts and many lakes in between.

His coaching resume includes past employment at Ithaca Yacht Club, Courageous Sailing Center, San Francisco Yacht Club, San Francisco State University, and Doyle Sailmakers.

The SYC Jr Race Team has been racking up lots of great accomplishments under Cam. To rattle off a few: Three US Sailing Leiter Cup Champions, Cressy Cup qualifiers, Smythe and Bemis Cups qualifiers, Opti sailors qualifying for USODA Team Trials every season, top USA sailor at Laser 4.7 Worlds, dominating the regional NW Youth Racing Circuit, US Sailing Youth Championships, and coaching a SYC team to 3rd place at RS Feva Worlds.

One of his favorite coaching experiences was coaching his longtime friend and training partner John Pearce to a 5th at the 2007 Laser Olympic Trials. 

Coach Cam spends all of his free time with his wife and two boys!


2018 Sailing Instructors

Lead Sailing Instructors:

Anna A.
Chris B.
Jaan B.
Helen C.
AnaLucia C.
 Katie C.
Megan S.
Audrey P.


 Jackie A.M.
Tim M.
Josie B.
Ella P.
Stuart B.
Justin S.
Evan F.
Kit S.
Sophia H.
Abbie C.
Grace L.

Junior Instructors:

Grant A.
Ryan M.
Andrew A.
Ceci P.
Parker C.
William P.
Tyler C.
Austin R.
Cedric C.
Alexa S.
Eli H.
Grady S.
Evelyn H.
Dylan T.
Aya M.
Caroline W.

2017 Instructors

Contact Information

Sailing Office phone: (206) 926-1011        
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.