Jr. Sailing Instructors

2016 Junior Sailing Instructors

Laura Wefer
Head Instructor
  Laura has sailed her entire life on a variety of boats - Opti’s, 420’s, Laser’s and Sunfish, as well as bigger boats like J22’s. Most of her youth was spent traveling with Team LISOT, both around the country and internationally, sailing the Opti. As a current member of the University of Wisconsin - Madison’s sailing team, Laura represents the Women’s, Co-ed, and Team Race teams at various regattas throughout the country, racing in 420’s and FJ’s as a skipper. This will be her sixth year coaching at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, where she has been the Land Activity Coordinator’s Assistant, the Racing Opti Instructor for four years, and the Head Instructor for the second summer in a row.
 Julia Bartley


Julia Bartley is currently a Junior at Sacred Heart in Manhattan. She has been sailing at the Douglaston Yacht Squadron for 7 years and have been sailing with her family on our New York 32' since she was little. Julia has competitively sailed Optis, Blue Jays and 420's. Last year she was a Junior Instructor at Douglaston Yacht Squadron, and this will be her first year instructing at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club.

Frank Devlin

Frank Devlin is one of new our Irish instructors. He started sailing when he was 8 years old in Optis at his club in Dublin. Frank has sailed 420s and then moved into Laser Radial. He has represented Ireland at the international level in Laser Radial in World and European Championships. At present he is competing for his college sailing team, and races offshore and on the Irish SB20 circuit. Frank is addicted to chocolate ice cream and I hate rain!

He is looking forward to his firs summer with MBYC!

 Lindsay Gallo

  Lindsay is currently a senior at Manhasset High School where she is a member of the varsity lacrosse and field hockey teams. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the English, French, Social Studies and Math honor societies, a Peer Responder and a member of the Key Club and the Be Like Rachel Club. Lindsay is attending Georgetown University next year. Lindsay grew up participating in the Port Washington Yacht Club Junior Sailing and Racing programs and was a governor of the Junior Yacht Club. She has been a boater and junior sailor on Manhasset Bay since she was 9 years old and qualified to sail Optis in JSALIS champs as a white, blue and red fleeter. She next sailed C420’s as crew with her twin sister as skipper for three summers, again qualifying for champs. She also spent several years participating in the Dinghy Shop Fall Opti Series. Besides her sailing training, Lindsay is also a trained adaptive skiing instructor at Windham Mountain in the winter, and is a Red Cross and Nassau County certified lifeguard with First Aid, CPR and AED certifications.

Stephen Gallo
  Stephen, a freshman at Manhattan College, and currently studying to become a mechanical engineer, first started sailing optis at the age of 8, at Port Washington Yacht Club, and continued racing optis through red fleet. He then transitioned to laser, first sailing at the Waterfront Center, and Dinghy Shop. After a couple years of laser sailing, he then worked at the Dinghy Shop for a summer helping with boat repairs, and private lessons. Last year, Stephen worked with the spinnaker program teaching Optis.
Daniel Gill

Daniel Gill is from Dublin, Ireland and spent most of his youth jumping in and out of different boats. He has raced Opti's, Mirror's, Firefly's and GP14's in his sailing career and recently became the GP14 u21 World Champion. He studies Engineering in Trinity College Dublin and is currently the Captain of Dublin University Sailing Club and a member of the 1st's team-racing team. Daniel has coached many different abilities from beginners to advanced racers and loves the challenge of helping sailors reach there goals while having lots of fun at the same time.   He is looking forward to meeting all of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club sailors and having a fantastic fun filed summer!

Frank J. Loughran, Jr.
  Frank grew up in Manhattan and started sailing when he was 13 in Optis here in the Long Island Sound, at the New York Athletic Club. Frank then moved on to 420's and Laser's and competed at JSA events all over the sound.  He competitively sailed FJ's and 420's for my high school, Portsmouth Abbey, and co-captained the team his senior year. Frank went to fleet racing nationals his junior year and team racing nationals his sophomore and senior years. Frank also has been crewing on a J 125 out of Larchmont for the past few years. He is sophomore at Fordham University and is looking forward to coaching this summer at MBYC!
Hugh Mitchell

Hugh is from Dublin, Ireland and is studying English Literature in Trinity College Dublin. He has been sailing his whole life, from the National Yacht Club in Dublin and Lough Ree Yacht Club. Hugh has sailed a wide range of boats, learning mainly in Mirror Dinghies, Optimists and Lasers but also racing in 420s, RS Fevas and Flying Fifteens. Most recently he has been competing in university team racing in Fireflies and racing offshore on bigger yachts. Hugh has spent the last four years instructing in clubs throughout Ireland, and has experience-coaching sailors ranging from 5 to 16 years of age. This summer will be his first summer on Long Island and at MBYC.

Rowan Molony


Rowan Molony is a senior freshman-engineering student at Trinity College Dublin. He started sailing at the age of 10 and it has been the focus of his summers ever since. Rowan’s sailing experience has mainly been in dinghys; of which he has sailed a wide variety over the years including: fireflys, optimists, fevas, lasers and 420s.More recently, Rowan has been lucky enough to sail competitively on keelboats, J109s and 1720s, including J109 Ruth – ISORA champions 2014 and 2015 (helmed by afloat.ie’s Irish Amateur Sailor of the year 2015). With Trinity sailing club, he continues to compete in Dublin Bay as well as in events all over Ireland throughout the university calendar.  Having qualified as a sailing instructor in 2013, Rowan has been instructing in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, for the last three summers (with students aged from 8-16).