Meet our 2018 PYC Learn To Sail Instructor/Coach Team

Learn to Sail > Instructors

All Learn To Sail Instructors are certified and registered through the national governing body Sail Canada. This certification includes both practical and theoretical training as well as ongoing assessments, throughout their coaching careers. Instructors are also recognized first aid responders and are trained in water and boat rescue & safety.

Our 2018 instructors will bring experiences from sailing many types of boats in various yacht clubs as students, competitors, and instructors. They bring enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge as a team, and we look forward to incorporating their ideas as our program continues to grow.

Grayson Porter

Head Instructor

CANSail 1&2, 3&4

Grayson is returning to PYC as Head Instructor. Last year he worked at PYC as a Level 1-2 Instructor. Previously he sailed at the Waegwoltic Club where he also supported younger sailors and racers.

He is certified to teach and assess CANSail levels 1&2 and 3&4.

He is excited to be leading PYC's Race Team this summer.

He learned to sail dinghies at the Waegwoltic Club, where he completed CANSail levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. He received awards for Top Sailor and Seamanship during the years 2013-2016.

In May, 2018, Grayson will complete a weekend of Spring Team Racing / Tune Up at Hubbards Sailing Club.

Grayson loves sailing and was a member of the Waegwoltic Race Team, competing in many regattas in 420s and Lasers.

Outside of sailing, Grayson has played club hockey, soccer, and basketball, and was the soccer team goalie at Citadel High. He also refereed hockey and soccer.

Grayson attended Dalhousie University in the science department this year, and will continue his studies there next year.

Jacob Pearce

Senior Sailing Instructor

CANSail 1 & 2, Wet Feet

Jacob is returning to us as a Senior Instructor. He knows our club well, having already taught at PYC in 2016 and 2017, and he was an Instructor-in-Training in 2014 and 2015. He is certified to instruct and assess CANSail Wet Feet and levels 1 & 2.

He learned to sail dinghies at Petpeswick Yacht Club, where he completed CANSail levels 1, 2, 3 & 4.

In May, 2018, Jacob will complete a weekend of Spring Team Racing / Tune Up at Hubbards Sailing Club.

Jacob has experience sailing in Opti, Echo, 420, Laser, Laser 2, and Lightnings. He taught Adult sailing in a Lightning last summer.

He has competed in several regattas as a member of PYC's Race Team.

Outside of sailing, Jacob competes in many sports, including hockey and baseball.

Jacob will graduate from Eastern Shore District High School this year. He plans to attend St Mary's University next year to study engineering.

Peter Doane

Sailing Instructor

CANSail 1 & 2, Wet Feet

This is Peter’s first year coaching sailing, and he is certified to teach and assess CANSail levels 1 & 2 as well as Wet Feet.

He grew up sailing a variety of dinghies at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, where he completed CANSail levels 1 - 5. During this time Peter participated in local regattas around the province.

Peter loves sailing and considers himself a sailor for life. He sails the Wednesday night races in Bedford Basin. Last summer he crewed on a 50-foot catamaran that sailed across the Atlantic, from St. Pierre and Miquelon to Portugal.

Outside of sailing, Peter enjoys playing music in a jazz band. In the past he has played with the Halifax School Symphony Orchestra and the Senior Jazz Band.

Peter leads a healthy lifestyle, biking whenever possible. Last summer he biked from Halifax to Cape Breton and around the Cabot Trail with his brother. He grew up spending weekend in the woods with his local Scout Troop.

Come the fall, Peter will attend Dalhousie University for his first year and has a hopeful future in the sciences, as long as he can leave the boats at the end of the summer.