North East Keelboat Alliance, or NEKA, is a non-profit located in Glen Cove, NY. We provide an environment for young people to develop the skills and experience needed to excel in high performance racing.
NEKA was founded in 2019 by composites designer Leo Vasiliev and naval architect Richard Royce. Leo and Rick met in 2017 while working on a new racing boat design. While working together, they started exploring ways to increase participation and provide opportunities for talented young people to get involved in racing. Rick, a professor at Webb Institute, wanted to create a place where his engineering students could practice and apply the technical skills they were learning in his courses. Leo, a lifelong sailing coach, and passionate designer, shared this interest, and together they created NEKA.
NEKA is home to the Collegiate Offshore Sailing team at Webb Institute. Our partnership with Webb has grown in the past few years to offer a number of benefits to Webb students as well as our other young trainees and athletes. As one of the premier marine design and engineering institutions in the world, Webb is a great resource during our design and research projects. NEKA also hosts a composites engineering course for Webb students at our location in Glen Cove, taught by NEKA staff.