2018 Coaches

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Junior Sailing is at the forefront of the sailing. Suitable for parents who want their children to learn the basics of sailing in a fun and safe environment and for those kids with Olympic aspirations!

THE GPYC’S US SAILING Level one certified staff and curriculum are designed to share the love & knowledge of the lifelong sport of sailing with your child in ways to promote teamwork, sportsmanship, general sailing and racing skills in a non-threatening environment. GPYC Junior Sailing welcomes sailors ages 7–18 with any degree of experience, or none at all. We show this commitment by being one of the only Clubs in the Detroit Regional Yacht-Racing Association (DRYA) that supplies boats and equipment as a part of our comprehensive Sailing Program. We accomplish through our greatly appreciated Yachtsman’s Committee comprised of Past-Commodores and Sailing Parents. Our program offerings include:

  • Started Sailing in 1960 racing Interlakes
  • 470 Sailing 1965
  • Fireball North American Champion 1968
  • Thistle Midwinter Champ 1975
  • 2nd at Olympic Trials in 1980 Flying Dutchman
  • Sailed 45 Port Huron Mackinac Races (254 nm)
  • Sailed 40 Chicago Mac Races (333 nm)
  • Raced in 5 Newport to Bermuda Races (667 nm)
  • Raced in 3 Fort Lauderdale to Jamaica Races
  • Mediterranean Baltic 45 Race Series (2008-2011)
  • Raced on numerous boats in North American and World Championships
  • Sailing professional over 200 days a year
  • Raced Transpac 2013 on Bretwalda
  • Raced Cabo 2013 on Bretwalda
  • Raced puerto Vallarta 2014 on Bretwalda
  • Two time J 111 North American Champion

Wally Cross has had the pleasure of working at Quantum Sails since 2004. He started building sails in 1973 to pay for college, and over the years has had the opportunities to work with seven different sail making companies before joining Quantum. During his years in the sailing business, Wally has raced most types of small boats, as well as sailing the Flying Dutchman in the 1980 Olympic Trials. He was involved with the winning boats in many National Championships before shifting his focus to off shore one design boats. He’s participated in six Canada Cups, 25 Key West racing events, over 40 Mackinac races, and hundreds of traveling regattas. Today Wally spends his time racing a variety of boats, including large offshore boats, the Melges 20,24, and 32 classes, and local offshore one designs, like the new J-111 and the Beneteau 36.7. Wally enjoys mixing his sail making knowledge with all the other pieces of sailing, such as rig, trim, and sail settings, to not only make the boats sail faster, but to help people get the most enjoyment from their boats.

Emily Simon

    A Grosse Pointe native and GPYC junior sailing alumnus, Simon is thrilled to return to her home club to inspire and teach a new generation of sailors.

    Simon’s history includes being on the first high school team from Grosse Pointe to qualify for the Mallory Nationals in Washington. Later, at College of Charleston in South Carolina, her coed team placed third and fifth place at team racing nationals in 2008 and 2009.

    Since then, Simon has continued to immerse herself in sailing both locally and nationally. She has competed in the Bayview Mackinac Race, winning her class three time, and she has brought home the Championship of Champions trophy twice. Simon enjoys racing Lightnings and J/70s locally and nationally, as well as Etchells, 29ers, J/24s, and Melges 32s as both a skipper and a crew.

Alexander Lavelle

    Alexander is coming to us after another successful winter coaching for the highly competitive Opti program at Coral Reef Yacht Club. He started sailing at Camp Sea Gull, where he first sailed the Lightning.

    Alexander served as Commodore of the sailing team at Vanderbilt University (Commodore of the Commodores). During this time, he began sailing Lightning Championship regattas. This led to competing in many championship-level regattas in other classes including Viper 640s, J/70s and Etchells, as well as several PHRF and IRC events. Alexander joins the team hoping to pass on his racing knowledge and passion for our sport.

Caroline Breen

    Caroline is an avid sailor and loves teaching the sport to others. Caroline learned to sail at GPYC and also sailed for the Grosse Pointe South High School Sailing Team. For the last two years, she coached 420s and Optis. Caroline is headed to Michigan State University in the fall.

Gabrielle Coello

    Gabrielle grew up sailing Optis and 420s out of GPYC. Now in her fifth summer coaching at the Club, she is excited to be back in Grosse Pointe this summer for another exciting season watching all of the sailors have fun and improve!

    Gabrielle just graduated from Michigan State University and will begin applying to Physician Assistant schools next year.

Adrianna Lee

    Adrianna joins the team coaching Optis and Lasers this summer. She has grown up in the DRYA junior sailing program, has won four Port Huron to Mackinacs, and started her high school’s sailing team. In the future, she wants to go into naval architecture and to stay avidly involved in sailing. Her motto is “Yay sailing.” She truly adores the sport. Adrianna is excited to start her coaching career at GPYC and to share her enthusiasm with the next generation of sailors.

Christina Noland

    Christina grew up sailing locally in the DRYA. During her time as a junior sailor, she traveled to many regattas and attended clinics, Oyster Bay amongst them. In college, Christina participated in club sailing at Michigan State University.

    Today, Christina continues to pursue her passion both as coach and competitor. She is a regular participant in the Bayview to Mackinac Race and competes in many local and national events each year. Most frequently, she races one design in the Thistle and Beneteau 36.7 classes.

    This will be her third season with us, and she is very excited to return! Christina brings more than 10 years of coaching experience to GPYC. She is passionate about mentoring our youth in the sport and strives to create a positive, competitive environment where young sailors not only grow, but also gain an appreciation for the sport and the lake.