Our Staff

Our coaches are the essential component to providing a quality, comprehensive sailing experience to all sailors from beginners to our youth race team. They are key to instilling a life long love of sport. NSC strives to create a dynamic, positive and supportive environment for our instructor team to excel.

 Our Staff

Valerie Robichaud

Head Instructor


I am a CanSail 5&6 instructor from Shediac, NB. I have been coaching sailing for five summers. I competed in 29er sailboat at the 2013 Canada Summer Games and for the passed two summers I raced on a J29 every Wednesday night in Shediac. I am currently in third year at the University of Ottawa, where I race 420’s on the University sailing team! I love being on the water and am very excited for this summer!

Emma Smith

LTS Administrator

I am excited to be back with the NSC team as the school administrator for a second year! Prior to working with the NSC team, I spent a few summers taking my beginner sailing levels at a young age, and completing all of my Windsurf Levels as a teenager. During the winters, I spent several years competing and coaching as a rhythmic gymnast, and now I am studying Kinesiology at Brock University. I have always had a love for being out on the water, and can’t wait to be surrounded once again by people who share the same passion!

Paul Place

Single Handed Race Coach


I have been teaching sailing for the last 6 summers at the Gatineau River Yacht Club where I was the Head Instructor and Race Coach. As a member of the GRYC and Aylmer race teams, I raced for several years in Lasers and 420’s at national and provincial events. Recently, I have been racing on the Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Circuit as a member of the University of Ottawa Sailing Team. For the last two years, I have been working for the Quebec Sailing Federation as a Learning Facilitator teaching instructor courses. I am now the proud new owner of a 505 double handed dinghy and look forward to sailing it on Wednesday evenings this summer at NSC. I am thrilled to be joining the instructor team at NSC and look forward to coaching the Race Team this summer on the Ottawa River and beyond!

Nic Dolcetti-Koros

Can Sail 2

This is my third summer teaching at the Nepean Sailing Club. I graduated from  Glebe Collegiate Institute and have been travelling in far away places this winter before I started University this fall.  I was the head coach for the the Nordic Ski Team for the previous 2 winters. I raced with Nakkertok Nordic for 5 years on the Provincial and National circuit. I’m very excited to be the Can Sail 2 Instructor this summer and I look forward to having some memorable times on the water with everyone!

Camden Sutherland

This will be my third summer teaching  sailing out of Nepean Sailing Club. I’ve been sailing at Nepean for around ten years now and since the beginning I was hooked. I raced three and a half years as part of Nepean’s Youth Race Team and have traveled to compete in many places across Ontario and Quebec. I’m currently studying in my second year at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick which sadly does not have a sailing team, so I’m super excited to get back out on the water! I’m looking forward to this summer teaching sailing at NSC and being part of this impeccable instructor team!

David Mincoff

Adventure Sail

I started sailing five years ago at Nepean sailing Club and loved it from the beginning.  I started working as an After Sail facilitator at NSC three summers ago and last year I was  ethe Get Up to Speed Instructor.  Before that I was on the race team at NSC and learned a great deal and really enjoyed it.  I am very excited to be a part of the instructor team and I am looking forward to being out on the water this summer.

Cameron Macdonald

Adventure Sail


This is my second year instructing at the sailing school, but I have been at Nepean for years as a part of the race team and as a graduate of the sailing program. I have competed several times at the Fruit Bowl Regatta in Hudson and I am excited to continue racing as part of Nepean’s Wednesday night races. I love the Ottawa River and the atmosphere at Nepean Sailing Club.  I can’t wait for the summer!

Emma Heller

Can Sail 1 Instructor

I’ve been sailing since before I could walk! Ever since then I fell in love with the sport. Nepean Sailing Club has helped me develop both my skills and passion for sailing through their sailing school, which I started at 11 years ago.  Throughout my sailing career I have progressed from just cruising to racing a variety of boats. I’ve competed at the local and provincial level, and gained valuable insight into the tactical world of sailing. Whether it’s dinghy racing on Wednesday, keelboat racing on Thursday or bareboating in the Caribbean, I feel a sailboat is my second home.
I am beyond excited to be back on the water this summer and to be sharing my love and knowledge of sailing with my students.

Alex Wittman

Tackers/Can Sail 1 Instructor

I am currently majoring in history at Carleton University.  I sailed in the learn to sail program at Britannia Yacht Club for 7 years and it was a blast! After years of being a sailing student I knew I wanted to become an instructor. This summer will be my third year teaching Tackers / Can Sail 1 at Nepean Sailing Club. I’m looking forward to getting back out onto the water and teaching this summer! ​


Able Sail


 To learn more about our Able Sail staff, and volunteers, please click here.

The school staff and volunteer organization chart is available here.


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