Meet your 2019 Seasonal Waterfront Staff
Learn to sail program
I’m Rachel Smith and I’m going to be one of the sailing instructors this summer! I’m a rising senior at Green Hope High School in Cary, NC. I’m trained in optis and 420’s as well as being a US Sailing Level One certified instructor. I’ve done sailing camps and race team here at CYC my whole life and am excited to make this a super fun summer for these young sailors!
I’m Anika Pruim and I’m going to be one of the sailing instructors at CYC this summer! I’m a rising sophomore at UNCW majoring in Marine Biology and an active member of the sailing team. In the past, I’ve done sailing camps and been on the junior race team here at CYC while helping Katrina last year with the Sea Squirts program. I’m US Sailing Level One certified, and I’m looking forward to an awesome summer with the Sea Squirts and Sound Sharks!
My name is Layne Kennedy and this will be my fifth summer as a sailing instructor. I am originally from Norfolk, Virginia and I have been living in Wilmington since 2013. In addition to teaching sailing, I am also an assistant teacher at Cape Fear Academy and I am pursuing a masters degree in teaching at UNCW. I am looking forward to this summer and excited to join the team of instructors at Carolina Yacht Club with the Beginner Optimist program!
My name is Andrea Padgett and I am returning for my 8th summer at CYC. I am going into my 5th year of full time teaching middle school Health and Physical Education in Wake County. During the school year you can find me coaching volleyball, basketball, and teaching young teens how to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. Whether it's running half marathons with my husband or playing sports with friends, I LOVE BEING OUTSIDE. When I am able to make it to the beach, sailing around the island is one of the most freeing and exciting feelings. I took sailing lessons at CYC when I was young and have been hooked ever since. One of my favorite parts about being a sailing instructor is watching young sailors gain confidence and excitement as they learn a new skill. I love working with children and am excited for another summer of fun!
Dan grew up sailing at CYC as part of the summer race team. He attended Cornell University where he was an active skipper on their team for four years. He is a two time winner of the James match race and placed 5th in the no coast laser championship in 2016. This past spring Daniel has worked with our C420 and Optimist race teams. He’s very excited about working with the 420 team this summer and can’t wait to get started!
My name is Taylor Betts and I am thrilled to be apart of the CYC team. I have grown up sailing in Wrightsville since the age of 7 and I look forward to being here this summer. Next year I will be a senior at UNC Chapel Hill and currently lead the UNC Sailing Team. I am majoring in English with a minor in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics (PPE). Some of my other interests include playing mandolin and guitar, running and just recently, film photography.
Hi- my name is Christopher Kiener and I am currently a sophomore at Jacksonville University and a member of the JU sailing team. I have been sailing for six years in C420s and instructing for five years in my hometown. I obviously love sailing, but some other things I enjoy kiteboarding, surfing, boating, and instructing. I look forward to working at the CYC summer camp this summer!
Hi! My name is Scott Harris and I am currently a rising sophomore at NC State University. I have been racing since I was nine years old and grew up sailing in Wrightsville Beach. I started sailing in the Opti, competing with the PRIME team for 4 years. During my time in the Opti, I went to two team trials and qualified for Team USA, which allowed me to do an international event in the Netherlands. After I transitioned out of the Optimist, I moved on to the Laser class primarily, but also sailed 420s. I founded my high school team during my sophomore year and we were active and competitive my junior and senior year. During my senior year in high school I joined the Lauderdale Yacht Club Laser team and qualified for the 2018 youth championships. In my first year of college, I joined the NC State team and competed in 11 regattas this year, including nationals qualifiers for singlehand and doublehand. I am very excited to be working with the Opti Race Team this summer!
Jack Gower will join our Laser Race team- he is a Senior at Jacksonville University studying Business Administration while a member of the JU sailing team. He has been a starter for the Fins, including qualifying for ICSA Singlehanded Nationals in 2018, as well as attending High School Singlehanded nationals in 2015. He was a member of the US Sailing Olympic Development team in 2015 and worked last summer in China coaching the Optimist sailors.
My name is Emily Barton. I'm a Wilmington native, but I've spent the last 3 years in the Chicago area. I just graduated from Wheaton College and I am thrilled to be back in a warmer climate. I've been sailing Lightnings since high school and I can't wait to be working on the water again.
Hello! My name is Matt Padgett and this will be my 3rd summer working here at the CYC as a dockmaster. I grew up in Morehead City, NC and I have always enjoyed being close to the water. I graduated from Campbell University and my wife, Andrea, and I currently live in the Harnett County area. I am a Health & PE teacher during the school year so I always look forward to the summer but I’m especially excited to get down to the beach! I look forward to seeing you all around the club.
Jimmy has been working at CYC since 2014 and is excited to be back for another season! He is the owner of Topsail Surf Adventures in Topsail Island and is also a Professional Ski Instructor at the Breckenridge Mountain Resort in Colorado. He is originally from Bermuda but since 2013 Wilmington has become his full time residence and takes pride in being part of the Port City! He looks very toward this season working on the waterfront and is excited for all of the new programs happening!
Hi My name is Thomas Smith. I am a rising sophomore at UNCW studying engineering while sailing for the UNCW sailing team. I grew up sailing at CYC in Opti and Laser and still compete in Laser and 420. My favorite thing to do during the summer is to go wakeboarding with my friends.
Hello, my name is Carter Luhring! I am from Norfolk, VA but have lived in the area since ‘95. This will be my second year here at CYC and I could not be more excited! I attended UNC-Wilmington and studied Business Management. When I am not working I enjoy all water activities, sports, and adventures. I look forward to seeing all of you here this year!
My name is Jeff Rowell. I am from Winston Salem, NC. I attended Hampden Sydney College and graduated in 2016. I moved back to North Carolina after managing Pier 25 Marina and working in marine-based restaurants in New York City for 3 years. I'm happy to be back in North Carolina and excited to be the Head Dockmaster at Carolina Yacht Club.