NBSA Instructor Bios

Pamela Woodruff (Program Manager)

A lifetime of summers in Niantic Bay fostered a love of the sea in Pamela Woodruff.  Her childhood explorations of beaches and shoals led her to major in marine science at the University of South Carolina.  She decided that she preferred to share her knowledge over spending time in a lab and pursued the field of education. She is certified to teach Math and Science in the State of CT in grades 7-12 and holds a Masters Degree in Education for Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Joseph. She currently works as a math teacher in the alternative education program at Manchester High School where she has been teaching for over 15 years.

Pamela learned to sail at Niantic Bay Yacht Club on a Blue Jay in middle school.  After a more than 10-year hiatus, she returned to sailing in an Ensign doing Wednesday Night racing.  Having been bitten by the bug she pursued sailboat racing further competing in weekend racing, ECSA series, Regional and National Championships.  During this time, she met and married her husband Gary and they soon had a son, Donovan. She continues to sail both competitively and recreationally on the Ensign as well at the Laser, Blue Jay, the family Nonsuch and almost anyone that will take her.  She participated as a skipper in the inaugural year of the She Sails program as well at the adaptive sailing day last summer.

Pam looks forward to bringing her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the NBSA program.

Caroline Healy (Head Instructor)

Caroline is a recent college graduate of Saint Anselm College where she obtained her nursing degree! She grew up sailing in Niantic and competed in Optimists and 420’s and represented NBYC/NBSA in San Diego at the Sears Cup. She is the product of the Niantic Bay Sailing Academy, where she was a junior instructor obtaining 150 hours of experience. Caroline enjoys teaching optimists, 420s and Fevas! Caroline has been an instructor at NBSA from 2017-2021 and is very excited about returning for another season at NBSA as head instructor!

Sara Beth Bouchard (Instructor)

Sara Beth is an avid sailor and scientist. When she is not out on the water, she is collecting specimens offshore or reading about the wonders of the Long Island Sound. As a Waterford resident, she started sailing when she was eight years old. In high school, she joined the sailing team and conducted salt-marsh research. She presented her findings at the CT State Science Fair and GENIUS Olympiad. She currently studies and races at Wesleyan University. This is her second-year teaching at NBSA. She took an active role in the design of the STEM curriculum this summer. Her goal is to make young sailors aware of the immersive presence (and fun!) of STEM in the sailing environment.

Libby Redmond (Instructor)

Libby Redmond has been sailing since she was seven years old in various boats, including the Opti, C-420, I-420, FJ, and 29er. For the past two years, she has attended Boston College in the Carroll School of Management, concentrating in Accounting with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is also a skipper and crew on the BC Sailing Team. She will be continuing her education and sailing at BC again this coming fall. Although she currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL, she grew up in West Hartford, CT and has spent every summer in Niantic. Some of her sailing accomplishments include placing 3rd overall at the 2021 Women’s College National Championship, winning the 2019 C-420 Team Race Nationals/CJ Buckley Regatta, placing 2nd overall in the 2019 C-420 Triple Crown Series, and winning the 2019 C-420 New England Championship. She is very passionate about sailing and loves teaching the kids, specifically racing and technical skills. This will be her third summer as an instructor at NBSA, and she is very excited to continue to get to know and work with everyone again!

Kristen Healy (Instructor)

Kristen will be a college Junior at Fordham University in the fall, majoring in the Biological Sciences and minoring in Psychology, and will be captain of her sailing team this coming season. As a Niantic native, Kristen grew up in the NBSA sailing program where she competed nationally in the Optimist and club 420 class. During her days at NBSA she was a volunteer instructor before becoming a full-time instructor in 2019 at Fenwick and is returning for her third year at NBSA. Kristen is a US Sailing level one certified instructor, with the experience that NBSA treasures of teaching children the love of the sport of sailing whether it is racing, beginner sailing, or as recreation.

Síofra Collins (Instructor)

Síofra Collins (she-fra) hails from Galway, Ireland. She is in her second year of university in the National University of Ireland Galway studying Marine Science. She has been sailing all her life as her dad and three brothers are also avid sailors! She started in Opties when she was six and progressed to 420s as a teenager, competing all around Ireland in both boats. She has worked with her local sailing club in Galway as an instructor for the past six summers along with coaching during weekends year-round. She loves teaching both her love for sailing and science to her students. She is very excited to work in Niantic Bay this summer and looks forward to meeting everyone!

Sarah Healy (Instructor)

Bio coming soon!

Graham Glander (Instructor)

Bio coming soon!

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