Coaching Team 2012/13

Sam Kivell is a champion sailor. Joining Mordialloc Sailing Club in 2000, Sam’s love for sailing started on a holiday road trip to Adelaide after spotting a toy sail boat in a local shop.  When he was ten years old, his father introduced him to a real dinghy when they teamed up to sail a Pacer called Shaboo.

Fast forward to 2012, Sam is  now a member of the Australian
Sailing Squad and training for World Cup events like Sail Melbourne.  His current sailboat is a two-man 470 with a trapeze and spinnaker.  The biggest title he has ever won was a 420 silver medal at the Youth Worlds.  His latest title was at the Victorian Match Racing Championships where he and his sailing partner came an impressive first.  With aspirations for accolades leading up to the 2008 Olympics and a chance to compete with top athletes, his most exciting sailing competition was the 470 World  Championships of that year.

After devoting three years to fulltime sailing, he is now a fulltime university student while juggling his sailing goals.   Drawing from one of his inspiring  Mordialloc coaches – Ian (Bunny) Warren – Sam’s advice for our juniors is to “always take advantage of life opportunities and make sure you have fun sailing”.

Jordan Sunkel-Lozell is an 18 year-old adventurer.  Originally hailing from Wellington, New Zealand,  he ‘crossed the ditch’ or crossed the Te Tai-o-Rehua – the Tasman Sea in the Maori language – with his family of five in 2006.  He has been a member of Mordialloc Sailing Club for three years and in that time he was nominated as Cadet Captain and assisted with coaching its Tackers program.

His love of sailing started in a New Zealand Sea Scout Cutter at age of 11 when he joined Sea Scouts in Auckland.   Currently, Jordan is sailing many different types of boats including a Sydney 38 Keelboat as crew. He spends most of his time thinking about his sailing career while balancing casual work.

The two ambitious sailing projects of Jordon’s focus are becoming the youngest sailor to compete in the Mini Transat Race in 2013 and being a part of the Youth Volvo Ocean Racing team in 2014. Inspired by sailor Jesse Martin, Jordan hopes to solo sail around the world. His advice for our junior sailors is “to keep at it and make sure you have fun”.

Swiss national, Manon Luther Kivell, is a world traveller. Her journey toward a passion for sailing started as a baby when her parents  took her out in their boat. At the age of six, she learned to  sail in an Optimist on Lake Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Her growing sailing successes have taken her to places like Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland and Germany as she participated in events like the  Laser European Championships, Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, and the World Laser Radial Women’s Championship.

Today, Manon sails a Laser Radial full time and is currently on the Swiss Sailing Team. Her devotion to sailing comes from her ability to play with the elements,  experience the  control of skippering and choose her own course.  This enthusiasm has guided her to compete in one of her most exciting sailing experiences – sailing at Perth in the ISAF World Championships 2011.

Being inspired by other talented athletes helps her work hard and set goals to lead her to her ultimate dream of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games. We are lucky to have Manon working with our junior coaching team and benefit from both her sailing experience and past work coaching Optis, Lasers and 420s.  Her advice for our junior sailors is “to always have a goal – no matter how big or how small.”

Ted Zammit is a passionate sailor and coach. He was introduced to sailing on a holiday trip to Mornington Peninsula’s beautiful Blairgowrie, Victoria. Starting at nine years of age, Ted became a club member and active sailor on Albert Park Lake in the heart of Melbourne. Racing in a Mirror along with former national champ, Scott, he eventually settled into a sailing partnership with his brother.

Looking back, Ted has accomplished many things during his sailing career. In his fifteen years of sailing and racing he has sailed in many Mirror and Minnow nationals, eventually leading him to win the National Minnow Championships of 2003 and 2004. His first competition in the Mirror Nationals was one of his most exciting challenges because it was a new place to learn and he got hooked on the adrenaline before each race. However Ted isn’t only a Minnow sailor, in fact he has sailed many different types of dinghies. Some of these boats include Minnows, Mirrors, Lasers, Sabres and Pacers. His enthusiasm for excitement was demonstrated just recently when Ted was able to manage both coaching Green Fleet and sailing a 29er at the latest Victorian Dinghy Championships held at Mordi.  Way to go, Ted!

Presently, he is juggling full-time work while instructing sail training for Yachting Victoria’s programs, club coaching and trying to make the leap back into sailing a 29er – and occasionally an Impulse.  As well as training junior sailors at clubs around the bay, Ted wants to facilitate a service to connect sailors with affordable sailing and coaching.  Some of his other goals are to sail in the 29er Nationals, compete in the Mirror World Championships, achieve selection for the Australian Sailing Team and ultimately make it to the 2020 Olympics.  His advice for the junior sailors is “never forget why you sail – whether it’s because you want to win or you love the sport.”

Tash Van Rennes is an accomplished sailor and coach having  enjoyed many hours of  sailing, competing and instructing around the bay.  She has been sailing for fourteen years and currently sails Laser Radials, the Currawong 30 and  a Bic Techno 293.

In addition to her personal sailing achievements she holds a Yachting Australia Instructors certificate and  has earned her YA Club Coach qualifications.  She joins the team as Green Fleet Instructor for our 2012/13 season.   Welcome aboard, Tash!

Pat Hutton has enjoyed sailing for many years with his passion starting out in an Optimist dinghy and then progressing to the International Cadet.

This home-grown Tassie sailor has attended almost a dozen World Championships in the Cadet & 420 classes along with one in teams racing.  In 2003, Pat became the International Cadet National Champion while he pursued interests in keelboats such as the Corby 49, Farr 42, Farr 40, Mumm 30 and the Sydney 38.  He enjoyed another National Championship win  in keelboat racing in 2008.

Today, Pat manages to keep busy by juggling demanding university study while participating in a wide range of sports, regular coaching gigs and his personal sailing pursuits.  Mordialloc Sailing Club welcomes Pat to our coaching team to support our Advanced Fleet in its development.

Ruaidhri Wintersgill is a sports enthusiast. At the age of eight, Ruaidhri was introduced to sailing by his father, Crawford, in a club Pacer at Mordialloc Sailing Club. He eventually moved on to a Sabot called Risky Business sailing two up until he was old enough to sail alone. In addition to these dinghies, Ruaidhri has sailed a 29er and a Sabre and has competed in events including the Sabot States, the Sabot Nationals, Sail Melbourne and the 29er States. His most favourite competition in which he participated was the 29er Nationals because he enjoyed the racing and had lots of fun.

Currently, Ruaidhri is in year twelve at Mordialloc High.  He enjoys both watching and playing Rugby and is presently competing for the Moorabbin Rams during the winter season. Since he is not sailing competitively at the moment, he assists with coaching the junior Green and Advanced Fleets in addition to helping with Tackers training.

In the future, Ruaidhri would love to crew and race on yachts just like his inspiration friend Jordan Sunkel-Lozell. He told me that he admires Jordan’s fearless pursuit of his dreams and his ‘go for it’ attitude to achieve his goals. Ruaidhri’s advice for Mordi’s juniors is to “always make sure you are having fun when you are sailing.”