Staff Team 2023

Meet the Team!

Ellissa McCann – Head Coach

  I’m happy to introduce myself as the new Head Coach at the Nepean Sailing Club. For those who don’t know me yet, my name is Ellie, and I have been coaching here at NSC for the past five years.

Over those years, I’ve had the pleasure of coaching at nearly every level, from beginners in Tackers to more seasoned sailors on the youth race team. My passion for sailing runs deep, and I am committed to helping each and every sailor reach their full potential.

Coaching at NSC is especially meaningful for me, as I was once a child in the summer camps offered by our club. I understand firsthand the impact that sailing and mentorship can have on a young person’s life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to give back in the same way that I once received.

I am excited to know each of you over this summer, and continue to work alongside our talented coaches and sailors.

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Emma Croucher – Sail Training Centre Admin

Hi my name is Emma! I work in the office and will most likely be the person that will answers all your calls and emails! I am super excited to be working at the sailing club and hope to learn more about sailing!

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Katherine Zakaznikov – Sail Training Centre Admin and Media

Hi, my name is Katherine! I’ll be working with Emma as an admin and taking care of things like the newsletter and social media accounts. While I don’t have much experience with sailing, I’m excited to learn all about this wonderful sport.

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Jonathan Tremblay – Race Team Coach

My name is Jonathan, I am one of the race coaches at Nepean Sailing Club this summer. I have been sailing since I was nine and I have spent multiple years racing lasers and 420s. Previously, I have coached at Lac Deschênes Sailing Club and with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. This is my third year coaching at Nepean. I can’t wait to share my knowledge and experience with our race team this year.

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Luke Strickland – Race Team Coach

Hi, my name is Luke and I am one of the race coaches this year. I’ve been sailing with the Nepean Sailing Club since I was 8 and spent 4 years racing 420s with Christian which brought me many incredible memories. I am currently studying computer engineering at Queen’s University where I am also on their sailing team.

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Christian Voyer – Race Team Coach

My name is Christian, and I’m one of the race coaches this summer. I started racing 420s in 2018 with Luke but have been sailing since I was 7. I am excited to share my love for sailing at a racing level with our race team. Outside of sailing, I study Architectural Technology at Algonquin College.

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Megan Ralph – Adventure and Discovery Camp Leader

Hello my name is Megan. I have been sailing at NSC for 10 years and working here for 3. I work as a adventure and discovery camp leader.

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Spencer Anderton – Adventure and Discovery Camp Leader

Hi my name is Spencer. I’m the adventure camp leader and started racing catamarans this year.

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Charlotte Burgess – Adventure and Discovery Counsellor

Hi, my name is Charlotte. I’ll be working at adventure camp this summer! I love to play soccer, and spend time out on the water. I’m looking forward to a fun summer of camp!

Emily Yeaton – Adventure and Discovery Counsellor

Hello! My name is Emily and I am happy to be one of this year’s adventure camp counselors! It’s my first year here at NSC and I can’t wait to meet you all 🙂

Victoria Turpin – Adventure and Discovery Counsellor

Hi! I’m Victoria and I can’t wait to meet you all! I work as an adventure camp counsellor and am so excited to have fun with everyone!

Malcolm MacGillivray – CANSail 3 Coach

Hi my name is Malcolm, and this year I’m one of the CANSail 3 coaches along with Merissa. I started sailing at Nepean Sailing Club when I was 6, and went on to race Lasers for 5 years, and now have started sailing Moths. I’m super excited to be back at NSC this year, I hope it’s a fun summer for everyone!

Merissa Anderton – CANSail 3 Coach

Hello, my name is Merissa and this is my second year coaching at Nepean. I’ve been sailing here with my family since I can remember and have always known I wanted to teach. I coach a couple other sports too and love working with kids. I raced in C420’s and am excited to coach CAN 3 and introduce the competitive aspect to sailors. See you all this summer!

Patrick Boulton – CANSail 2 Coach

Hi, my name is Patrick! I have been sailing for 9 years in Niagara on the Lake, and been teaching for 4 years. I will be teaching CAN 2 this year!

Sam Boutlon – CANSail 2 Coach

Hi my name is Sam. I’ve been sailing since I was 9. I will be coaching CAN2 this year.

Wes Donnelly – CANSail 1 Coach

Hi, My name is Wes and this summer I will be coaching CANSail 1 alongside Zoé. Last  summer I worked with Optis in CANSail 1/2 in Nova Scotia. This fall I will be starting my first year at Bishop’s University, and I will be taking a Bachelor of Education. Outside of sailing I play lacrosse for the Nepean Knights. I can’t wait to get sailing! See you on the water!

Zoé Frenette – CANSail 1 Coach

Hey! My name is Zoé and I will be coaching CANSail 1 with Wes this summer. I am going into my fourth year of Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa and hope to pursue a career in medicine. I have been sailing since I was 10 and have raced 420s. I have coached cross country skiing to children at Nakkertok Ski Club. Can’t wait to meet everyone this summer!

Steffen Williams – Get Up To Speed (GUTS) Coach

Hi, my name is Steffen Williams. I have been sailing for the past 10+ years and was a part of the NSC race team at one point. This summer I am coaching the Get Up To Speed program and am excited to be back.





Monday 13 december. 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships presented by Hempel, Al Mussanah – Oman, 11-18 December 2021 © Sander van der Borch / Lloyd Images / Oman Sail




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