Fishing Bay Yacht Club is excited to announce its professional coaching staff!

Once again, we will have world-class coaches with a breadth of experience as both racers and coaches.   We have been fortunate to find coaches that share FBYC's mission of building great teams that give our juniors the support, mentorship and opportunities to achieve their sailing goals.

Mariano Pellegrino

Clara Piran

Alexander Zimmermann

420 Race Team Coach Optimist Race Team Coach Laser Race Team Coach
Mariano_crop Clara Piran Alexander Zimmermann


Mariano Pellegrino grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a veteran coach, he has been coaching Optimist, Cadet, Laser, i420 and 29er in different sailing yacht clubs, clinics and international championships, since 2005.  He likes to focus  on coaching not only in the technical aspects of each boat, but also on encouraging sailors to think on personal goals, and going through a series of exercises that help them build up the confidence to accomplish those goals. He is a proponent that teamwork makes for great sailors!  For the last 3 years Mariano has coached Lasers in Surf City Yacht Club, NJ, USA achieving great results. He has also coached the Argentinian 420 team to a silver medal in the South American Championship in 2011.

Mariano has an extensive sailing resume of his own, including competing in National and World Championship events in the 29er and Cadet, as well as an impressive beginning in Optimists competing at the national level. 


Clara Piran is an accomplished professional sailor and coach from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who began sailing at the age of 1 and never stopped! She has been the head coach for the Optimist Team LBI, hosted by Surf City Yacht Club, in New Jersey, for the past three years, with impressive results.  She has also coached 420s and 29ers. Her teams have placed very highly at national events, including last year's Optimist National's in Norfolk. She encourages sailors to think on their personal goals weekly and measuring improvements in regattas. She also believes in building a strong team, as this mutually helps everyone to accelerate their learning from each other.

Clari also has an deep sailing resume of her own, with experience racing Optimists, Cadets, 420s and offshore. In he free time, she enjoys sailing, traveling and doing all kinds of outdoor activities.

Clari is a certified public accountant.


Alexander Zimmerman hails from Lima, Peru and comes from a sailing family that is deeply involved in all aspects of the sport.  He began sailing at an early age and competed in his first international Optimist event at age 7! For the past five years, Alexander has been the head coach of the Western Australia International Optimist Dinghy Association and has coached Worlds with the Australian Optimist team featuring four ISAF World Medalists during his tenure. He currently is the head coach of the Southern Australia State Performance Sailing Program. Alex's coaching philosophy is that strong teams make strong sailors. He believes in providing his teams with the right ingredients for a successful campaign: a great team-culture, willingness to work hard and determination to learn and improve.

Alex's personal sailing achievements include winning the Optimist South American and North American Championships, as well as competing and finishing as a runner-up in the Optimist Team Racing World Championships. More recently, he competes internationally in the Laser and Sunfish classes. He is a three time World Champion in the Sunfish and has won silver in the Pan-American games in that class as well.

Alex is a believer in an active and balanced lifestyle and he enjoys surfing, cycling and swimming.   


Note: Coaches are subject to change and/or reassignment without notice.

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