WHO WE ARE
CAPTAIN NITZAN (NICKIE) LEVY
FOUNDER & CEO
Credentials: U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (6-Pack), ASA Certified Instructor for Basic Sailing, Coastal Crusing and Bareboat Chartering, Israeli licensed skipper on Boat For International Voyages
Capt. Levy was born in the U.S. and grew up along Israel’s Mediterranean Coast where she developed a lifelong passion for the sea and water sports. The daughter of entrepreneurs, she has become an accomplished entrepreneur in her own right, having started two ventures in the retail and e-commerce fields. Supporting the community has long been an interest of Ms. Levy’s and she’s been involved with a variety of community initiatives both in New York and in Israel. In her free time she enjoys theater, dance, music, art – and, of course – sailing.
Credentials: NY State Safe Boating NASBLA Cert, USCG 6-pack candidate, NauticEd Instructor for Skipper Rank, BBCM A-Schein des Deutschen Segler-Verbands (DSV), (German 15 metric ton license for sail/engine in interior waters).
Janko, a journalist from Germany, learned the ropes at age 13 on Dutch rivers, but soon ran out of water. Before moving to New York as photographer and author in 2006, he explored from Berlin the shores around the Baltic. Once in the US, he raced regularly in New York and New England, and cruised along the Eastern seaboard and offshore over to Bermuda. A Transat is in planning. On the 30'' sloop "Messing About", moored on the Western Long Island Sound, Janko skippers pretty much every drop of local waters from Sheepshead Bay to Block Island.
CAPTAIN MATT CODNER
Credentials: USCG Master 25GT, USCG Auxiliary Sail Endorsement, ASA Certified Instructor for Basic Keelboat
Matt’s boating experience began on the waters of New England as a child and he has sailed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest, Mexico, and Japan. Although he’s sailed in a variety of places, his favorite place, by far, is the New York Harbor and that passion shows. Matt is a former US Marine Officer and current English teacher in Manhattan. In addition to teaching sailing and English, Matt delivers boats and captains private charters. He has a 25’ sloop based in Manhattan.
They say if you can sail in the NY Harbor, you can sail anywhere. I’ve tested that theory out a few times in the Caribbean, Long Island Sound, South Shore - and so far it’s true! I’ve picked up a few skills and gained some credentials along the way, so let’s go out and get you sailing…everywhere!
Credentials: ASA Certified for Advanced Coastal Cruising, ASA Instructor Certified for Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Navigation
Terry grew up on the water in Pennsylvania and everywhere that travels would take him, from the Chesapeake Bay to the East coast of Australia. He moved to NYC ten years ago and discovered the vibrant sailing community, becoming an ASA certified instructor, joining a race team, and spending the summers on the water here in New York. In his spare time, he charters boats in different locales such as Croatia, competes in marathons and Olympic format triathlons, and planning the next adventure.
Credentials: ASA Certified for Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Chartering, USCG 6-pack candidate
Mark, a lifetime New York and long term downtown NYC resident, grew up in Port Washington, NY sailing and racing on the Long Island Sound and later in the NY Harbor. Mark spent twenty five years working in the Financial Industry and the past ten years developing various business ventures in the food industry as well as leading the purchase of America II and serving as President of the Twelve Meter Syndicate. Mark also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exploring various neighborhoods, cooking/baking, anything on and in the water (in liquid or frozen form), hiking, biking, music, movies and art.
Heather grew up in upstate New York in a family of lake power-boaters. Watching sailboats always made her wonder how it would be to be on the water and hear nothing but the wind in the sails and the nature. She recently pursued her interest and after learning how to sail with Sailors NYC, she became an ASA instructor. Heather is currently an accountant for a big real estate developer, but her life dream is to continue to travel the world, cooking, painting, swinging in a hammock under the stars, eating coconuts, jumping off cliffs, and swimming in the sea.
CAPTAIN GIL GORDON
FOUNDER & COO
Credentials: USCG-MASTER 50GT + Towing Operator, USCG Auxialiary Sailing Endorsement
Capt. Gil Gordon, an Israeli born USCG-MASTER, grew up by the Mediterranean sea in Tel-Aviv. After spending 25 years in NYC as a serial retail entrepreneur, he's now back by the ocean in Miami Beach where he has anchored with his family. As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Miami Beach, Capt. Gordon is called to do everything from inspecting to towing boats. In his spare time he can be seen indulging in another of his passions, photography. As a founder of Sailors NYC, Capt. Gil Gordon is proud to offer and share his favorite hobby with you... Heave Ho!