Jack Barton – Race Team Coach
Started sailing at the age of 6 on the San Francisco Bay. Spent 9 years training in the Optimist, qualified for the national team at the age of 13 and travelled to North Americans, South Americans and Riva del Garda. Graduated the Optimist and began learning all different types of boats, primarily the 420, 29er, Laser Radial and J22, spending most of my time in the Laser. At 16, big boat sailing became more appealing and I started spending more time in the J22. Won Sears Cup in both 2012 and 2013, began directing focus towards Match Racing. Recently, I started a college sailing team at SBCC and we have been doing very well all year.
My first job was head instructor at the Tiburon Yacht club, coaching the advanced Opti class when I was 13. I worked at TYC for 3 years and volunteered as a Junior Instructor at the San Francisco Yacht Club for 3 years until I was old enough to get my Level 1 certification. I spent 2 years coaching the Intermediate opti team at SFYC, coaching the standout green fleeters until they were ready to compete in championship fleet. Last year I worked alongside Nico Winograd coaching the Opti Championship fleet.
I spent all 4 years of high school sailing recruiting and training beginner sailors hoping to make our team competitive. We qualified for Gold fleet my sophomore year and steadily improved until I graduated. After graduating I helped coach the team for 2 years before I moved to SB.
Travis Benton – Coach
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Travis Benton has been an avid sailor since the age of eight. His fascination with the sport began with the Santa Barbara Seashell Association, and continued through the summers into the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation. Travis graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 2010 and continued on to UC Berkeley, where he studies Geography. He has many hobbies split between the ocean and mountains, and enjoys being outside in his free time. Travis is very excited to be able to give back to the program which helped him grow as a sailor over the years!
Soren Wilde, University of Hawaii at Manoa – Coach
My name is Soren Wilde. I am 19 years old from Santa Barbara. I started sailing in the Seashell program on West beach. I raced US Sabots and Optis until middle school when I started to sail Flying Juniors with the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation. I sailed for Santa Barbara High School for 4 years. During this time I also raced in the Shadden, Perry, Ullman, and Hamlin series’. I have competed at a national level, fleet racing in CFJs, 29ers, and F16 catamarans as well as match racing in Governor Cup 21s. I am currently a freshman on the sailing team at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where I have had the opportunity to travel and compete up and down the West Coast. I look forward to coaching for my second year at the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation.
Sarah Schaupeter, Assistant Director
Sarah has been coaching sailing for 14 years and has served as the director of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s Junior program, the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation, and was the head sailing coach for the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Sailing Program. She is a credential school teacher and spends her days teaching second grade at Adams Elementary School. Sarah grew up sailing in Long Beach, California where she competed in the naples sabot, lido 14, snipe and thistle fleets. She and her younger brother are two time Lido 14 national champions. She continues to sail with her brother in the lido 14 class and crews on a melges 24. Sarah loves working with the youth in Santa Barbara developing a life long love for the sport of sailing.