Instructors

Matt Gamel - Director

Matt Gamel

Middle KeyS Sailing Director

Matt Game is trained professionally as an Environmental Scientist, with a Masters from Florida Gulf Coast University. Matt has been infatuated with the ocean since childhood. He started sailing with the Englewood Sailing Association (ESA) when he was 12. Matt worked his way through the program and became a US sailing instructor in 2008. Wanting to give back to the program, Matt continued to volunteer his time as a sailing instructor with ESA for the next ten years. 

During his time as program director, Matt has endeavored to impart his love of the ocean to his students by broadening the program to include: adventure trips, coastal cleanups and science-based sailing programs. Apart from his love of sailing, Matt is also an amateur paleontologist, metal sculptor, SCUBA diver, and avid fisherman. Matt and his fiancee, Vikki, are both active cruisers and live aboard their antique 35' Allied Seabreeze, now named Lion’s Paw.

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Betsy Lefler

MYC Educational Foundation Chair

Betsy Lefler has been a avid, life-long sailor and shares that passion with Florida Keys youth as the 2018-2019 Chair of MYC Educational Foundation through their Middle Keys Sailing programs. Betsy learned to sail dinghies as a child in Deltaville, Virginia, and at Boston’s Community Boating on the Charles River.  As a teen, she moved to keelboats in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she crewed on and later skippered boats for over fifteen years, including numerous Marblehead to Halifax races. After moving to Annapolis, Maryland, Betsy enjoyed many more years racing and winning in keelboats. Betsy is a corporate and securities attorney. She is enjoying partial retirement cruising the eastern U.S., Canada and the Caribbean, serving as volunteer court-appointed advocate for Marathon’s abused and neglected children, and most recently is serving as Chair of Marathon Yacht Club’s By-Laws and Fleet Education Committees.