New Trier Sailing has partnered with the Chicago Yacht Club to provide coaches for the team.

Matt Peter, Head Coach

Matt Peter

Coach Peter oversees the entire high school team and directly coaches varsity.

He hails from Boston, Massachusetts, but immediately before moving to Chicago he was head coach at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona Del Mar, California. Before that, he coached at Boston Latin High School, Emmanuel College (which is also his alma mater), the Crimson Sailing Academy, the Harvard Sailing Center, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology. He started coaching at the Cape Code Sea Camps in 2009.

Dave Gerber, Sailing Director

Dave Gerber

Coach Gerber works closely with Coach Peter on the design of the program and organization of regattas. He is the primary coach of the JV team.

He is an experienced racer. He was part of the winning 2012 Farr 40 World Championship team and races extensively on a J/111 in Chicago. He is also no stranger to the high school scene—he coached several schools in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. Perhaps his most important coaching qualification is that he is the father of six children. And yes, all of them sail!

Youssef Akrout, JV Coach

Coach Akrout is responsible for our Laser sailors and assists with the JV team.

He represented his home country of Tunisia in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the Laser class.

Ivan Sagel, Assistant Coach

Coach Sagel assists with coaching the JV team. He is an experienced sailor and a U.S. Sailing certified sailing instructor.