Coach Bios


BYC Youth Sailing Coach Bios

Nicolas Kim brings a wealth of experience to BYC, having coached with the Quebec Sailing Federation, KYC and RCYC. Nicolas has worked alongside and coached many competitive athletes including Olympians. While he started his coaching career at BYC in 2005, he has been the Head Coach of the Laser team since 2016. In the winter of 2008 while looking for new challenges and opportunities, Nicolas started the International Sailing Academy in Mexico with his friend Vaughn Harrison. A graduate of McGill University, he holds a Master’s in Nutrition. In 2015, following his studies, Nicolas bought a farm near Mont-Tremblant where he practices organic farming. He returned to the BYC Laser Team as coach the following year. Nicolas has a long-term plan to develop a high-performance training program at BYC that will provide youth athletes the opportunities to attain their sailing goals at a national, or even Olympic, level.

BYC Youth Sailing Coach Bios

Alastair caught the sailing bug at 11 years old and hasn’t spent a summer off the water since!  Starting off in the Laser Pico, he has sailed everything from ye-olde CL-16’s to cutting edge Wing Foils, eventually racing Laser Radials for the BYC Laser Race Team.

A graduate of Humber College in Technical Theatre Arts, Alastair joined the BYC coaching staff in 2016 and soon found his niche with Opti Race, where he has remained to this day. Ever animated, he shares his contagious energy and love of the sport with all athletes, especially those he has the pleasure to coach. As a continuing student of the sport, Alastair is always seeking to improve.

If you find yourself in an evening or weekend race this summer, don’t be surprised if you see a familiar face staring you down as you cross the startline; when Opti training is done for the day Alastair switches caps to become Britannia Yacht Club’s Race Officer.  So don’t be Over Early!!

Once the cold sets in you can find Alastair working as a theatrical lighting technician, a grip/electric on film sets, or his personal favorite: being a ski bum.