2011 Instructors

This year the sailing program will be managed and delivered by the following instructors:

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Jackie Davis – Program Director/Head Instructor

Lilly Pillsbury - Senior Instructor/Director (Race Coach/Director)
Sam Livingston - Senior Instructor/Director (Optimist Fleet Director)
Ian Antrim – Senior Level 1 Instructor
Marco Bauder – Senior Level 1 Instructor
Alex Billias – Senior Level 1 Instructor
Taylor Eaton – Level 1 instructor
Junior Instructors:
Ari Scourtas
Claire Michaud
Halley McDevitt
Jared Dignon
Ian Munnelly
Anya Peterson - Counselor in Training


Jackie Davis
I recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a degree in Political Science. Aside from my time spent in Amherst, I've lived in Nahant for almost my entire life. I started working at NSP about six years ago and have been an instructor here almost every summer since. 

Both taking classes and working for NSP has constantly been the best part of my summer and also introduced me to some of my closest friends. Working in a smaller community based program helped me become more familiar with everything involved in sailing such as on the water troubleshooting and basic navigation skills that many larger programs don't emphasize. Whether its going on overnight trips across the Gulf Stream or competing the Nahant Laser Races on the weekends, getting out on the water for the day has grown to be one of my favorite activities. 

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Sam Livingston
I first came to the Nahant Sailing Program in the Summer of 2000 when I enrolled in “A Class” and learned the fundamentals of small boat handling in the infamous Super Skunks.  Since 2000, I have returned each year to NSP as a student, racer, CIT, and eventually instructor.  I first started volunteering for the program in the summer of 2005, where my main responsibilities were helping the older instructors with manual labor and getting in the Skunks with novices to give some one-on-one instruction.  I got my first major position in NSP in the summer of 2009 as the Head Instructor of the A Class.  That was a very challenging summer, and I learned a lot about what it takes to manage a large group of children both in the classroom during a lesson and on the water in a safe and fun fashion. 

In the summer of 2010 I had the privilege of working closely with Head Race Coach Bjarki Gunnarsson and was able to travel to Mass. Bay Junior Olympics and Marblehead Junior Race Week, both of which were hosted by Pleon Yacht Club.  I have extensive race experience myself, as I skippered 420s representing NSP in Race Week and JO’s from the summer of 2005 through the summer of 2008.  Also, for most of my childhood I cruised on my family’s sloop “The Gull,” mainly in the Massachusetts Bay and Southern New England. 

In June 2009 I earned my Small Boat Handling Level One Instructor Certification from U.S. Sailing.  Each summer I get recertified to perform CPR/AED and administer First Aid in the event of an emergency.  I attended Tower School in Marblehead, St. George’s School in Newport, RI and am a rising sophomore at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Ian Antrim
Sailing is and has been a significant part of my life. As a young child, I was taken on various sailing expeditions with my family. My father exposed me to nearly every part of the Massachusetts waters, from Gloucester to Scituate to Martha’s Vineyard. While these journeys sparked my love for the sport- or lifestyle- my instruction began at the Nahant Sailing Program. I joined NSP at the age of 7, and spent my first year learning the basics of sailing on the archaic Super Skunk fleet, which has since been retired. I spent each of my next two summers honing my skills and relishing the magnificence of the Nahant waters. At the age of 11, I began racing with NSP’s 420 Racing Program or Advanced 420 Class. I spent five years in the racing program, travelling to Marblehead Race Week and to four Junior Olympic regattas. At age 13, I joined the NSP staff as a Counselor in Training. After a successful summer instructing alongside NSP alumni such as Nicholas Foukal and Sean Davis, I returned as a Junior Instructor in the summer of 2008. Since, I have become a certified Level One US Sailing Instructor, gained the status of a Senior Instructor at NSP, and worked tirelessly to bestow the glorious knowledge of sailing upon hundreds of children and adults- all while thoroughly enjoying my job. Having graduated Swampscott High School in the spring of 2011, I will be studying biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California. There, I hope to pursue sailing or rowing at a semi-competitive level. And, of course, despite the extensive distance between Los Angeles and Nahant, I will always remain involved in the program through which I immersed myself in the world of sailing.

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Alex Billias
I have sailed at NSP for 9 years (3 years race team); I sailed in 2007, 2008, 2009 Marblehead Raceweeks and in 2007, 2008, 2009 Junior Olympics. I have taught at NSP for 3 years, 1 year as CIT, crewed Sonars in Marblehead 1 year, Captained/founded Swampscott High School Sailing Team. I am a Level 1 & 2 US Sailing Certified Instructor

The Nahant Sailing Program is a great community program that offers both kids and adults a unique opportunity to take a part in a sport that thrives in our area. Our program is one whose first priority is ensuring that its participants enjoy learning the sport of sailing and that they achieve the success that they individually choose to achieve. I am both fortunate and proud to teach at NSP.


Ari Scourtas
My name is Aristana Scourtas and I have been coming to NSP for about eight years now. I've loved the oceans ever since I was little, having grown up surrounded by it, and I consider it a great privilege to be able to go out and enjoy it as we do. Nothing beats cruising the seas between Nahant and Boston!