Jodi Weinbecker

Waterfront Director

sailing@thefyc.org

Jodi grew up in Wisconsin and spent much of her youth on the water on different crafts. Lots of waterskiing, fishing, power boating and a little bit of sailing. She graduated in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a degree in Heath and Exercise Science and moved to the East Coast for work. She officially caught the “Sailing Bug” in 1995 and has since sailed, raced, and cruised over 20,000 miles both offshore and inshore with her Husband Bill and children Allison and Will. In the beginning, racing and cruising on sailboats was a pastime she enjoyed with her husband and friends and they have won awards and honors along the way. Sailing for sport and recreation eventually turned to teaching sailing as they moved around the country for her husband’s career in the US Coast Guard. More full time sailing instruction started in 2004 and landed her the Waterfront Director job in 2009 at the prestigious Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans running their aggressive year around regatta schedule and directing their highly competitive, nationally recognized Youth Racing Program. In 2013, after years of planning, the Weinbecker’s retired from the Coast Guard life and spent a year traveling both on land and by sea driving 15000 miles cross country and then spending 8 months in the Southern Exuma Island chain of the Bahamas. In 2014, Land life beckoned them back to Jacksonville where they had been previously stationed from 1999-2002 so Jodi could take on the position of Sailing Director at Florida Yacht Club and help build the program into the dynamic multifaceted program it is today.
 
 
 

Dustin Domer

Junior Sailing Director

jrsailing@thefyc.org

Dustin began sailing at Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago, IL at the age of 10. He quickly gained a passion for the sport and joined the club 420 race team at the age of 13 where he competed at several regional, national and international regattas. Some of his accomplishments include podium finishes at several junior Olympic regattas, top 1/3 in Club 420 North Americans in both 2008 and 2009, and top ten at the CORK regatta in Kingston, Ontario in 2007. After jr. sailing, he started the sailing team at the University of Illinois at Chicago where his club team qualified for college semifinals in 2012. He ran everything for the team from practices, logistics, budgeting and coordinating with the university. Dustin continued his racing in keelboats sailing anything he could get his hands on. He has competed in 5 Chicago to Mackinaw races (the longest fresh water race in the world, 333 miles), was the youngest competitor in the 2009 Melges 24 World Championships, competed in the 2015 Farr 40 world championships, as well as sailing everything from Tartan tens to J 105’s and Santa Cruz 52s. Dustin continues to race in the Melges 24, J 70 and Star classes in his free time.

Dustin began coaching adult sailing classes at the age of 16 on nights and weekends. After high school, he became the Head Coach for Columbia Yacht Club coaching high school and college teams and starting their Opti program back up from nothing. In 2014 he moved to Chicago Yacht Club where he acted as the head Opti coach for 2 years. He then returned to Columbia Yacht Club to run the jr. program. In April of 2017, Dustin was ready to get away from the harsh Midwest winters and made the move to FYC. He is excited to aid and be a part of the continued growth of the jr sailing program as well as help all the sailors achieve their sailing goals and compete at the best of their ability.

 
 

Carter Meyers

Marina Manager

marina@thefyc.org

Carter grew up in Michigan where his love of boating was born. Alongside his father, Carter fished hard all over the Great Lakes catching salmon and walleye. After high school, he moved to Miami where he lived for 13 years. During that time, Carter's passion for all things boating has only grown. When not personally on the water, he truly loves helping others enjoy their boating experience which is the main purpose for his career in the marine industry. Away from the water, Carter is an avid hiker and enjoys hunting and mountain biking.


 
 

Jimbo Cannon

Sailing Program Manager

jimbo@thefyc.org

Jimbo began sailing at the age of 7 while involved with the Junior Yacht Racing Association of Western Long Island Sound in Darien CT. First sailing in the Optimist class, he then moved onto Blue Jays and then Lasers. Having caught the competitive spirit of yacht racing, Jimbo began racing offshore internationally on 50’ race boats and 80’ maxi racers. During that time, America’s Cup winning skipper Dennis Connor took the sport professional. He brought Jimbo onboard Team Dennis Connor/Stars & Stripes sailing team where he competed in five America’s Cup campaigns with six teams on three continents. Furthermore, Jimbo has raced worldwide on 110’ mega maxis to TP 52’s and everything in between. Before becoming a coach, he competed in 21 world championship regattas around the world and won 7. Jimbo’s most memorable success as a coach was with a “green” (new to racing) NYYC Swan 42’ team. He and the owner managed a three-year campaign where they raced within the class and handicap regattas worldwide. The third and final year working with this team they won the Swan 42’ Worlds in Sardinia Italy as well as placed second in the NYYC Invitational.

It was during that three-year period, 2013 ~ 2016 where Jimbo realized the gratification and empowerment that high level coaching offers. Since that time Jimbo has been consulting on large scale custom yacht builds as well as project management of world class yacht racing programs. January 2022 Jimbo Cannon has joined the Florida Yacht Club Sailing Program in an effort to build adult sailing in Northeast Florida and get the FYC membership enjoying all the St. Johns River has to offer. He is looking forward to working with everyone - beginner sailors to advanced racers and is passionate about sharing the sport of sailing which has been a major part of his life for most of his life. Jimbo will also be assisting with the junior and high school teams. We are excited to have Jimbo at FYC to share his passion with our membership.