SailNL Coaches

Justin Bean

Single Handed Coach

I started my coaching career in 2004 in Nova Scotia after a few years of racing byte, 420, and L2 at local regattas for SMSC.  After a few years of Opti and 420 coaching at various clubs in St. Margaret's Bay, I travelled to New Zealand to experience some "Flying Fifteen" racing and to teach keelboat cruising to families for a small charter company.  After returning to Nova Scotia in 2007, I developed an Opti Race Team at the Hubbards Sailing Club, and began to exclusively coach competitive sailing, while racing my small keelboat on weekends.


I moved to Newfoundland & Labrador in 2010 to study Naval Architecture.  While pursuing my studies, I quickly became involved with the local sailing scene and the team at the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club. I was offered the opportunity to develop the 2013 NL Canada Games Team, and began coaching a great group of sailors.  We spent our season on the road, competing at 6 events across Canada, gaining some great experience and exposure to the sport. 


My interest now is in developing competitive sailing within our young athletes, in hopes that we can generate some competition for the next Canada Games Team.  I love sailing recreationally, but my favorite weekends are spent sailing laser in one of our local events, or practising on my 49er with my training partner.


Hope to see you on the water!


Justin B



Ryan Kelly

Doublehanded Coach


I started sailing when I was 12 years old and have been coaching since 1999.  In 2002 I started coaching C420 at the club race team level (Silver) and have been focused on doublehanded sailing ever since.  Until recently, the majority of my time working has been spent working with the Sea Cadet Program and had the privilege of working as the head trainer for 4 years at one of the largest sailing schools in Canada; offering Lv 1-5, coach training and a variety of power boat courses. During that time, I was also working as the Regional Head Coach and brought athletes to regional and national level competitions throughout Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and BC. 


Since moving to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010 in pursuit of a career in marine safety, I have become increasingly involved in coaching at the local and national level and spent a significant amount of time focusing on skiff boat handling with the 2013 NL Canada Games Team.


I am currently the Sea Cadet representative on the Sail Canada CANSail Panel and recently had the honour of facilitating the national Learning Facilitator Clinic held at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.  I am still involved in the Sea Cadet Program with their grassroots, coaching development and race team development.  I am the P.R.O. for keel boat racing at the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club, facilitate coaching development with coaches throughout the province and am the Doublehanded Coach working with the NL Sailing Team.


My primary focuses of late are on coach development and continue growing interest and active participation in C420, 29er and 49er sailing throughout the province;


Let's go sailing.