Ben Redfern

Head Instructor


Ben is thrilled to be returning to EYC as head coach for his Third year. Prior to his time at EYC Ben was the head coach at Go Home Bay Sailing School. As well as sailing on his families’ C&C 33, Ben has also completed a 2700 nm passage from Liverpool to Malta on a sail training vessel. He is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as some new ones this summer. Ben is studying for a Bachelor of Arts at Wilfred Laurier University.

Duncan Cameron-Steinke

Laser Radial Coach


Duncan is the Laser race coach, he first learned to sail through the EYC junior sail program when he was 10. He accomplished all his sailing levels with the junior sail program including spending one year on the opti race team and three years on the laser race team. Before becoming a coach he spent a year living aboard a 39 foot keel boat and has completed numerous ocean sailing passages including a 1500 nautical mile passage along the Atlantic and a 3000 NM passage across the Pacific. Duncan is currently studying Physics and Engineering at Queen’s University, when he isn’t coaching Duncan likes climbing, windsurfing and learning new things.

Xandra Tejerina

Optimist Race Coach


Xandra has grown up in the sailing world; her family currently owns a Hunter 33.6 sailboat docked at Port Credit Harbour Marina. She completed her learn to sail levels at Port Credit Yacht Club, as well as raced lasers and 420s. This will be Xandra’s fourth summer coaching at EYC, coaching the Optimist race team for the second year. She is looking forward to seeing some old racers as well as welcoming some new racers to the team! Xandra is currently finishing up her degree at Laurentian University studying Gerontology with a minor in Psychology

Alexandra Mclaughlin

CANSail 3/4 Instructor


Alexandra has been sailing for thirteen years, she sailed out of numerous clubs, and raced laser as well as double handed. She is currently studying Commerce at the University of Toronto where she is a member of the competitive sailing team. This will be Alexandra’s second year with EYC and she can’t wait to get back on the water this summer!

Victoria Shalygin

CANSail 3/4 Team Leader

I started sailing at summer camps in Toronto and have been a sailing instructor for five years. This is my first season at EYC JSP and I am very excited to bring my experience to the program. I am a musician and just finished my third year studying at Humber College.

Sean Wylie

CANSail 1/2 & Wetfeet Instructor


Sean is joining this year’s lineup of junior sail coaches after sailing for two years in EYC’s junior sail program and one year on the laser race team. He also crews on member’s keelboats during the weeknight race series. In previous years, Sean has chartered boats with his family around the great lakes. After the summer sailing sessions have ended, Sean will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Ottawa. He is very keen on ensuring that everyone has a good time on the water and in the classroom.

Deanne Balas

CanSail 1/2 & Wetfeet Instructor


Deanne has always loved sailing ever since she started 10 years ago in Montreal, and has been with EYC for well over half of that sailing career. She was on the double handed race team, then raced on a radial laser and enjoyed keel boat racing when she could not race dinghies. Before heading back to Dalhousie for her second year, she will be a coach with us at EYC and is super excited to meet new sailors!

Iain Doran-Des Brisay

CanSail 1/2 & Wetfeet Instructor


I got into sailing at the age of 5 when I went sailing with my aunt for the first time. It was love at first sail and I have been hooked ever since. I got quite serious over the last 3 years, racing 420s on the Ontario Sailing Team, competing at many national and international events. I have just finished my first year at Queen’s University study computer engineering. I hope to continue sailing throughout my time at Queen’s on the university team. When I’m not on the water or studying in the library, I like to spend my time playing guitar and cooking.

Andrzej Sienkiewicz

CanSail 1/2 & Wetfeet Instructor


Joining the coaching staff as a Cansail 1/2 coach Andrzej first started sailing in our learn to sail program 7 years ago. He first started racing in the 420 class for two years before moving on to sail two more years in the laser class posting many podium finishes. Sailing is a big part of Andrzej’s life, his family owns a keelboat they keep at EYC and hes always crewing on larger keelboats for regattas and weeknight racing at EYC. He is studying a double degree in computer science at University of Waterloo as well as in business administration at Wilfred Laurier University through their joint degree program. Andrzej is excited to begin coaching this summer and helping the new generation of sailors realize the same love for sailing he has.