Sail Camp Instructors

Jaclyn Braun - ASC is excited to announce that Jaclyn Braun will be join us again this summer as a head sailing instructor. Jaclyn has a passion for teaching and coaching. She enjoys sailing a variety of boats, from her own personal 14 foot dinghy. She is an active racer and will be participating in the upcoming 2021 Charleston Race Week this summer. Her energy and passion will be a great asset to this year's camp.

Daniel Fodera- Past Commodore, Daniel Fodera will be joining us this summer as a head sailing instructor. Daniel is retired from the Navy and works for the US Highway Administration. He is an avid E-Scow sailor traveling with his crew to regattas across the southeast. Daniel has 3 grandchildren that he is molding into O’pen Skiff sailors. We are thrilled to have him part of this year’s summer camp.

Josh Putnam- We are so thrilled professional sailor, Josh Putnam will be the head sailing instructor for all our beginner to intermediate Open Skiff and 420 camps, as well as for our advanced race team camps. Josh has extensive experience in coaching sailing at the college level and in international regattas. He grew up sailing at ASC and now travels the world competing on J70s and J24s. In 2008, Josh earned a spot on the US Sailing Team. The club is fortunate to have his talent and experience to develop the next generation of local sailors.

Kim Bagnoni - Kim is ASC's Junior Program Chair and the 2021 Sail Camp Coordinator. She is a US Sailing level 1 instructor and will be assisting in all aspects of camp. Thanks to an amazing team of volunteers, ASC is seeing a vibrant and resurgent junior program with many new and returning participants. The junior program focuses on promoting Junior sailing, while organizing social activities throughout the year.

Daniel West - With over 30 years of sailing experience, Past Commodore Dan West has skippered and raced throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Chesapeake Bay, Lake Michigan, and the inland lakes of Iowa and Georgia. He has served as Race Official for numerous ASC regattas, as well as Charleston Race Week Off Shore Racing.

Tim Sparks - Tim is a US Sailing level 1 and Power Boat Safety instructor, as well as a licensed USCG captain. He was an intercollegiate dinghy sailor at the U.S. Naval Academy and has competed in the Capri 22 Nationals and Sunfish North Americans. We are very excited to have him working with our juniors.

Kaitlyn Bagnoni - Kaitlyn is a US Sailing level 1 instructor and will be headed to Wrightsville Beach this summer to be a head instructor. Kaitlyn, an active member of the ASC Junior Race Team, has traveled the southeast competing in the O'pen Skiff, 420, and Laser Radial. She has had numerous podium finishes, including the 2018 SAYRA Junior Grand Prix Champion for 13+ in the O'pen Skiff. In 2019, she competed in BIC North Americans in San Diego, CA against 85 other sailors. We are looking forward to her helping with camp this summer, as she is a wonderful role model for younger sailors.

Michael Sickinger - After attending many summers of sail camp at ASC, it's finally time for Michael Sickinger to be joining the team of ASC instructors. Michael grew up at ASC, sailing a variety of small boats. He is a member of the Junior Race Team and recently completed his US Sailing level 1 certification. Michael is a leader among the Juniors, helping in many social and sailing activities at the club.

Mark Gibbs - Mark is a US Sailing Level 1 Instructor. He is an active Laser sailor on Lake Murray near Columbia, SC. With his extensive background in sailing and boating we are fortunate to have him on our team to hold a successful and fun summer camp season.