About Piers Park Sailing Center

Located on the waterfront in East Boston, Massachusetts, the Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) is a 501(c)(3) community sailing center dedicated to providing affordable year round recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities through sailing and other activities in Boston Harbor.  Our outreach program affects the lives of hundreds of at-risk youth, provides empowerment through our fully accessible sailing facilities for people living with disabilities and acts as a center for waterfront activities for the entire community.

Our vision is to be the premier organization utilizing the marine environment to deliver accessible, high impact programs to a diverse spectrum of people of all ages and abilities in an inclusive, enriching, and empowering environment.

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Our Team

Executive Director Caitlyn Ridgely joined PPSC in August 2012 as Adaptive Recreation Director and moved into the ED role in December 2015. She attended and sailed for the University of Vermont where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She started sailing in her home town of Nahant and actively participates in racing here in Boston Harbor. During her time as ARD Caitlyn was the recipient of the “Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion” award from US Sailing.

Contact: info@piersparksailing.org 617-561-6677 x15

Operations Director Daniel Keenan is our most recent addition to Piers Park Sailing Center. Dan joined us as fleet captain in June of 2015 and moved into the fulltime position of Operations Director in April 2016. Dan has worked in the Boston boating industry for 6 years, arriving here by tallship in 2010. Dan brings vast experience in fleet maintenance, staff development and volunteer recruitment to our Piers Park Community. In his free time Dan races on a Kiri Elite 37 throughout the Boston area.

Contact: info@piersparksailing.org 617-561-6677 x12

Youth Program Coordinator Catherine Domina learned to sail through the Piers Park Youth Program. Moving from student to Future Leader to Instructor, as well as working within the Adult and Adaptive Programs, this life-long East Boston resident has seen all Piers Park Sailing Center has to offer.  In the off-season, Catherine is a full-time teacher in the Boston Public School System.

 Contact: ydp@piersparksailing.org 617-561-6677 x13

Adult Lessons Coordinator Kaela Winer grew up in the programs at PPSC and has been working for the Adult Program for 4 years. Kaela holds a US Sailing Keelboat Instructor certification and has grown to become a valued and recognized face of the PPSC community. In her free time Kaela has been gaining experience on larger vessels doing overnight boat deliveries.

Contact: lessons@piersparksailing.org 617-561-6677 x14


Board of Directors


Chair: Brett Van Gelder, Microsoft
Vice Chair: J.P. Dunn, retired
Treasurer: Michael Hansen, Deloitte
Clerk: Andrew Thomas, retired


Bob Brennan, retired
Jim Donahue, retired
Dave Greenwald, PhD, Relay Technology
Maureen McKinnon, Spaulding Hospital
Jothy Rosenberg, PhD, B.A.E. Systems

Our Supporters

Corporate Support

  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation
  • East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
  • InVivo Therapeutics
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • SAP America
  • Suez LNG


Foundation Support

  • The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust
  • Amelia Peabody Foundation
  • Barr Foundation
  • J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation
  • Cabot Family Charitable Trust
  • Mabel Louise Riley Foundation
  • The Peabody Foundation
  • The Carl & Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation
  • USOC Olympic Opportunity Fund
  • Who Says I Can’t Foundation