The Junior Sailing Program

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2017 Fall Calendar

The Club prides itself in its ability to stay close to its roots to "promote boating in all of its branches, to provide a meeting place for those interested in this sport and foster a spirit of helpfulness and good fellowship which will be a credit to our community". Many programs have been created to fit the needs of all ages. Brief descriptions are provided below.

In addition to these programs, the Club sponsors many races and regattas throughout the year. A major one is the South East Dinghy Championship held each spring. A link to the official page is provided here. There are also the Key Biscayne Yacht Club Annual Regatta and the Ed Willman Memorial Round The Island Race found here.

For additional information, please call the Club at (305) 361-9171 or email

Junior Sailing Personnel


Juan Carlos Romero     Sailing Director

Juan Carlos arrived in the US from his home in Ecuador in 2001 where he served as the ECU National Team Coach for more than 10 years. He coached his National Team at many international events like IODA Worlds, South Americans among others before moving to the US. Juan has coached for clubs and teams from Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. Through his unique coaching style, Juan Carlos has developed many Champions including the US Team Trials Champions in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 and in 2012 holds the unique title of coaching the champions of all 3 US National event champions (Fleet Champion, Team Racing Champions and Girls Top finisher).
His expertise, passion for the sport and coaching experience has raised Juan as one of the top Optimist Class coaches in the world. And in 2007 joined the North Sails Team and recognized as one of the top World Class Leaders, helping with the development of new sails and its testing.
In addition to his full-time coaching positions, Juan Carlos has also been an integral part of the USNT coaching staff since 2006, where he has helped to develop top US sailors to compete on the international scene. Travelling with the US Team to South Americans, North Americans, Europeans, Worlds among other events such as Flanders in Belgium, Easter Regatta in Holland, Trofeo de Palamos in Spain, Lake Garda Optimist Meeting in Italy, St. Thomas International Regatta USVI and clinics all over the world (Ireland, Singapore, Brazil, Finland, Peru, etc).
He is eager to help bring KBYC to the next level and help our sailors achieve their goals. 

Kristoffer Sarmiento     Green Fleet Coach

My name is Kristoffer Sarmiento and I am a 25 years old sailing coach from Norway. I have lived in Florida for the past 17 years. I have been coaching at Key Biscayne Yacht Club since 2013. I have had the pleasure of coaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced sailors, however, my specialty is getting the beginner sailors up to the intermediate level. I am currently a student at Florida International University and Miami Dade College seeking my bachelors in Construction Management. I have been an avid kite-boarder for 10 years- in my third year of kite boarding I got 3rd place at the Kite Masters held at Miami Kitebording. My other hobbies are wakeboarding, snowboarding and mountain biking.


Mauricio Galarce     RWB Coach

Mauricio Galarce is a graduate of the Florida State University (BS, Political Science, International Affairs). He was privileged to help found FSU's ICSA Sailing Team and served as team captain and A-fleet skipper for 2 years.  
From 2010-2012 Mauricio worked as the center manger for SailLaser Miami, a division of Laserperformance, where he was responsible for all aspects of the centers operation. Upon arrival to Miami, Mauricio began competing in a number of major sailboat classes that actively sail on Biscayne Bay, including the J/24, Snipe, Etchells, 49er and recently the J/70. In the fall of 2012 Mauricio began coaching green fleet optimist. His sailors quickly found success, winning the majority of events they competed in including the 2013 and 2014 Green Fleet National Championships.
In 2014 Mauricio transitioned to coaching the optimist at the championship fleet level. Some of the major accomplishments sailors achieved at the championship level under his guidance include; qualifying for the USODA Team Trials (30 sailors in a single year), placing onto the USODA National Team, multiple age division wins and various regatta wins including 2016 National Champion.
Mauricio is a motivational coach and has the ability to connect with every sailor regardless of their ability or background. His love for the sport, passion for competition and team oriented approach make him a strong addition to the KBYC Coaching Staff.