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  • First Call for the Annual Meeting and Lobster Bake and Punch Bowl Race

    (News - 16th August, 2018)
    Save the date:
    Saturday, Sept 8, 2018
    5:00pm-Meeting followed by Dinner
    Please let Liza Moore know your meal choice: Lobster, BBQ chicken, hamburger or veggie burger or 207 615-5489.

    Follow this link to sign up to volunteer to help with the dinner, or if you plan to bring an appetizer, side dish, and/ or dessert. (Earn a volunteer credit for each dish, to serve 12-16.).

    Looking for extra help this year.
    We need one or two experienced members to take on the Lobster Bake piece.
    Please contact Liza Moore if you are interested in helping with this or have any questions.

    Kai O’Connor Telling His Story

    (News - 16th August, 2018)
    Sunday one of the Teens to Trails events at L.L.Bean will include David and Becky Hotelling’s grandson Kai O’Connor telling the story of his sailing adventure.
    “Sunday, August 19th: 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. STORIES OUTSIDE Storytelling Event, on the L.L.Bean Discovery Park Stage. Gather round our “campfire” to hear eight true stories, told live, about adventure, discovery and wonder in the outdoors.”

    You can check out more about Teens to Trails and this event here.

    Log In to the “Members Only” to read the Commodores Corner News!

    (News - 24th July, 2018)

    Al VoskianEach month I’ll  bring our members up to date on some important items coming from the HYC Board meeting.

    Login Here to view my newsletter to the members:

    Youth Regatta Reminders

    (News - 20th July, 2018)
    NO PARKING From Monday, July 30, at noon, until Wednesday, August 1, at 5 PM
    “The Hill” and the parking lot will be filled to over capacity with race guests. Please do not try to park on the hill or in the lot. As you know, parking is always painfully limited at HYC. However, our essential mission is to promote sailing and our youth regatta is a crown jewel in a statewide schedule of events.
    Zero/ZED/Zip/No – parking on the hill, behind the club house or in the lot. Do not leave your car in the lot if you go cruising. We really don’t want to have to tow any members cars on the HYC property. Violators of no parking areas on the public roads will risk being towed and fined by the Town of Freeport.

    ALL HANDS ON DECK. The annual HYC Youth Regatta is next Tuesday and Wednesday! This year we expect over 150 competitors, plus coaches and parents. Wow.

    We still need volunteers for short jobs (an hour or two), and longer jobs (up to all day). Come lend a hand on land or on the water.

    Visit the Volunteer page to see what is needed and sign up; scroll down to find out what is needed for food. For more information contact Regatta chairperson Peg Selian,

    Kai has arrived

    (News - 16th June, 2018)

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    Kai arrived safely in the harbor this afternoon. Channel 13 filmed and interviewed him and hopes to get the piece on the news this evening.

    Here’s the story in the Portland Press Herald.


    Summer Cruise

    (News - 10th May, 2018)

    Mark your calendar. The summer cruise is now on the HYC calendar, July 20-22. More details will be coming soon.

    2018 HYC Youth Sailing Program registration is now open!

    (News, YSP News - 1st May, 2018)
    Enroll your kids today in the HYC Youth Sailing Program!


    “My kids feel comfortable on a sailboat, they developed solid skills, they had fun.”
    This is what the Harraseeket Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing Program is all about!


    Registration is now open for the 2018 Youth Sailing Program at Harraseeket Yacht Club. Classes will be offered from June 25 through August 17. Sumer will be here before you know it, so register now to get your young sailors into the sessions that best fit your family’s busy summer schedule.
    Classes are offered for every age and ability level from learn-to-sail to race training, and race teams.

    Click here to learn all about our 2018 programs and to register your sailors.



    2018 Youth Regatta

    (News, Youth Regatta - 25th April, 2018)

    14th Annual HYC Youth Regatta July 31st and August 1st.

    Harraseeket Yacht Club is pleased to announce our 14th annual Youth Regatta on beautiful Casco Bay. This is a truly fun experience for all. The Regatta is open to Club 420‘s, Opti Green and Opti Championship fleets (Red, White, and Blue.) In years past, this event has attracted 40 – 50 Club 420′s and 60 – 70 Optis. We will have a separate Green Fleet line for the Optis. Our mission is to make this a safe, fun, and educational environment for all our sailors.

    Read the Notice of Race and sign up to help. For more information contact Peg Selian,

    Beth Willhoite Youth Sailing Program Scholarship Fund

    (News, YSP News - 2nd April, 2018)

    Background – A year ago, Gus MacDonald donated a scholarship to the Harraseeket Youth Sailing Program.  After seeing the success of this scholarship, the Board formed a scholarship committee to establish a formal program that would define the purpose, funding and candidate selection. It was announced at the Winter Ice Breaker Party that we have created the Beth Willhoite Youth Sailing Scholarship Fund. Beth was a much-loved and long term member of HYC who was dedicated to the growth and education of children throughout her career and most recently as the Principal of the Mast Landing School in Freeport. The purpose of this fund is to give children, who otherwise would not be able to attend the HYC sailing program, the opportunity to learn to sail and gain confidence on the water. One core mission of the Harraseeket Yacht Club is to promote youth sailing and we feel privileged to honor Beth’s memory in this manner.

    The Goal – Secure funding through member donations, sponsors and the community sufficient to provide a minimum of two scholarships forever. Our initial goal for this fund is $15,000.

    The selection process – We will use Freeport Community Services to recommend appropriate candidates for the scholarship. They have a process and staff in place to perform this selection. We felt that using FCS would be a much more effective and efficient than HYC attempting to create a selection process on our own.

    How to contribute – Write a check made out to HYC with “Beth Willhoite Scholarship Fund” written on the memo line in the lower left hand corner of the check. Please let us know if you would like to remain anonymous. Otherwise, we will recognize you on the Member Area of the HYC website. Checks should be sent to HYC, P.O. Box 82, South Freeport, ME 04078.

    Those that have contributed

    Beth Willhoite Youth Scholarship Donations 6032018 pdf

    Questions & Answers

    • Is my contribution tax deductible? No, HYC is not a non-profit at this point in time.
    • When will scholarship selection happen? The selection process will begin this month and will be conducted during the month of March each year.
    • What does it cost to fund a single scholarship? There are several sailing program offerings but the cost for 2017 ranges between $700 and $1,100.
    • Will I know which child benefits from my contribution? No. The process is intended to be blind and the recipients’ names will be confidential.
    • How will we know how the scholarship funding is progressing? We’ll have an area of the Member area of the HYC website that monitors progress and recognizes donors.


    Palm Beach Sailing Center Burgee Exchange – March 11, 2018 – David and Nancy Webster – Grace

    (News - 1st April, 2018)

    While we have been waiting in Lake Worth, Florida for a good weather window in order to cross the Gulf Stream to the Abacos, Bahamas, we have been fortunate to discover this sailing club that in some ways reminds us of the friendly energy of HYC. We are making many new friends and arranged a burgee exchange with Alex Hill, Fleet Captain.

    The objective of the club shall be to develop, encourage and stimulate interest in sailing in the Palm Beach County area, to promote fellowship and camaraderie among local and visiting sailors, and to offer sailing education and training to members and others.

    The Palm Beach Sailing Club was founded in 1966 by sailors who wished to promote the sport in West Palm Beach. As the oldest club in the area, the PBSC offers its members many sailing related services and an active social calendar. The clubhouse is a waterfront residence built in the 1920s and offers a panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway and neighboring Palm Beach.

    PBSC offers visiting yachtsmen (and women!) use of the facilities (showers, club house and deck, dinghy dock, etc. for a reasonable fee. The club has no moorings and most visitors anchor out in the lagoon (Lake Worth). There are mooring balls for rent, however we learned, the hard way, that they are constructed of hard fiberglass and when wind is against current, the mooring ball hits the hull like a sledgehammer. We have the scratches and gouges to prove it! We got off that!

    PBSC Webster

    Summer Cruise Survey

    (News - 29th March, 2018)

    Linda and Bob Harroff are organizing the Summer Cruise and they need your input. Click here for a short (2 minute) survey and let them know what you would enjoy for a summer cruise. If you are new to cruising, this outing is a great way to learn and have fun.

    June Work Days for the Youth Sailing Program – June 16th 9:00AM – 1:00PM (Rain Date 6/17)

    (News - 1st March, 2018)

    Mark your calendars and “SIGN UP” for helping the youth sailing program. We need help with completing repairs on sailing dinghies – primarily gel coat repair – Some fiberglass repair.  We need help with the repair of dagger boards and rudders – primarily fiberglass touch up.


    HYC is on Face Book!!!

    (News - 1st March, 2018)

    We would like to invite members to our HYC Facebook page.

    Click Here:


    Clicking “Like” will bring HYC updates to your Facebook page, so that you can find out about last minute information, people’s cruise photos, sailing adventures and reports on weather conditions, and updates about what’s happening at HYC

    USE the Facebook Like button and get more HYC information!!!


    Burgee Exchange with Hobe Sound Yacht Club in Hobe Sound Florida

    (News - 24th February, 2018)

    HSYC Burgee Exchange

    On January 6 2018, Ric & Strandy Quesada conducted a burgee exchange at the Hobe Sound Yacht Club in Hobe Sound Florida. They  met with Barry Hall (a former Commodore) and his wife, Eleanor, and exchanged stories of our respective yacht clubs over drinks and dinner.

    HSYC is somewhat unique in that it is among the oldest clubs in the country (est. 1892), has many members with significant yachts of all types, and has a beautiful and convenient waterfront site on the Intercoastal Waterway. However, don’t even think of tying up and asking for reciprocal privileges. There is no dock and there are no boats. This is a dinner club.

    They used to have docks and boats (Wooden Pussys) and races and all the regular stuff, but the hurricane of ’49 wiped out the fleet and they also noticed that they “became extremely irritated with each other at the end of each race…..and they decided that their friendship was more important than the weekly regattas” so they never replaced the fleet.

    They are a jolly group and proud of their yachtless traditions. Every Christmas there is a members party where they sing the club song to the tune of There is Nothing like a Dame. The last two lines of each stanza are:

     What ain’t we got? We ain’t got yachts!

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    Learn more here:


    Burgee Exchange Thames Yacht Club

    (News - 16th October, 2017)

    Member David Webster, Captain of S/V Grace provided another burgee exchange


    Thames Yacht Club (TYC) is another all volunteer run club, like HYC. (But with food concession and launch). It is located on the west side of Thames River in New London, CT. 2 miles south of Amtrak and ferry. It is protect from all but South East to North East, and no great fetch from unprotected, as well.

    David was picking up crew coming by train from Maine and called about short stay or overnight if weather was poor and the folks at TYC were very accommodating. The Commodore called back and suggested David come to dock. Then gave them a ride to Defender Marine and for other provisions. Good restaurant within walking distance. Grocery, etc. taxi or free ride as we got, by chance.

    They let them stay on dock overnight. (“No problem, it’s the end of the season.”) And when David asked about burgee exchange, the Commodore pulled a burgee out of his jacket pocket. I said, “We have to have a photo.”

    TYC proves to be an excellent lay over spot anytime. In summer, mooring available if member is away. In fall, very relaxed. David would have been pleased to pay $25 for a mooring (as stated on Active Captain.)  All the extras were quite appreciated.

    David mentioned our HYC guest moorings.

    If you are lucky, you may get to see a US submarine go past. Unfortunately, on and out, David missed but heard about them on VHF just before and after our transit.

    Next time!

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    Learn more here:


    Pictures from the HYC Annual Meeting

    (News - 24th September, 2017)



    HYC 2017 Award Winners!!!! Congrats!

    Click here to view the slide show:

    Looking to sell or buy a nautical item? HYC Members Classified Ad section

    (News - 24th September, 2017)

    The HYC website is the place for you! HYC members can list their items here for FREE.  To list an item go to the MEMBER LOGIN to login into members only section. Click on the Classified Ads Tab. Click on “Submit a Classified Ad”  and complete the submission form with a description of the item, asking price, photo and contact information and submit your ad for posting on the website.


    HYC Burgee Exchange Program

    (News - 15th September, 2017)

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    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    1. Prior to the visit the visiting member shall check the Burgee Exchange Log or check with the Flag Officer Ric Quesada to determine that a burgee has not already been exchanged with the club they intend to visit.  Contact Ric Quesada to pick up a medium size burgee (12” x 18”).
    2. The Flag Officer shall maintain a log containing the list of exchange clubs and photographs documenting the exchange.  The log will be kept available in the clubhouse and on the website - Click Here.
    3. During the visit the HYC member shall, with the other clubs permission, conduct the burgee exchange and document the event with a digital photograph and a formal narrative indicating when, where, and with whom the exchange took place as well as a brief description/history of the exchanging yacht club. Scroll below to see a perfect example of an exchange narrative.
    4. Upon exchange completion the member shall present the digital photograph, the narrative describing the exchange, and the exchange Burgee to the Flag Officer. This exchange will be announced on the website and HYC newsletter.
    5. There shall be no charge for exchanged burgees.  The cost of the program will come from HYC general funds.

    The “Perfect” Burgee Exchange with Sundby Sejl-forening (Sundby Sailing Association) in Copenhagen, Denmark

    DSC01241_2A terrific picture of member Al Voskian with Peter Dragsbæk and Jytte Syska (husband and wife) in front of the Sundy Sailing Association’s marina in the outskirts of Copenhagen (about 3 miles from Copenhagen Airport).  (the website is only in Danish. We all will need Peter Gerquest our Scandinavian member to translate!)

    Peter and Jytte are members of the association and Al’s sailing friends. Jytte is also a business partner in Al’s consulting work.   His business trips to Denmark usually include a day sail or two, weather permitting.

    The HYC burgee will go on the wall of the restaurant in the marina, hanging with many other yacht club burgees.

    Al will bring back the Sundby burgee to our club soon!


    Fly your Burgee with pride!

    (News - 11th September, 2017)

    Is your Burgee looking a little blown out and tired? Now is a great time to update to a brand new one.  Our  Flag Officer Ric Quesada has an good supply of nice bright new ones in a couple of sizes (Find his contact information in your membership directory). And when chart your cruising plans for the summer, check with Ric about our burgee exchange program. Click Here to learn more!

    Here is what we have to set you up to show the colors.

    HYC Burgee’s come in the following sizes:

    Small        Medium       Large     Giant    Ensign
    Burgee size      10×15          12×18        16×24                  4×6
    Boat size         up to 20′        20′-35′       over 30′             Nylon

    Prices are $20.00 Small, $25.00 Medium and $30.00 Large

    To place your order or if you have any questions concerning the Burgee’s, please contact Flag Officer Ric Quesada. Find his contact information in your membership directory.



    GET CONNECTED GET INVOLVED! Current Volunteer Opportunities below

    (News - 9th September, 2017)

    Shop the list of the following Volunteer activities by clicking on “Sign Up Now”  below.



    Southern Yacht Club Burgee exchange with HYC

    (News - 9th September, 2017)

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    A terrific picture of HYC member David Webster, Carter Becker with Mr. and Mrs. Jason Adriance from Southern Yacht Club.

    Late this summer, David Webster walked up from the docks to find Carter Becker talking with Mr. and Mrs. Jason Adriance from Southern Yacht Club, in Louisiana. Southern Yacht Club claims to be the second oldest yacht club in America after the New York Yacht Club.

    These lovely folks had come to; “find a yacht club on the Maine coast they could exchange a burgee with!”

    David got them to agree, he stated” I think they were a bit surprised”. The Adriance’s suggested if an HYC member contacted them, while visiting New Orleans, these folks would host them at their club.

    The Adriances’s were delightful and fun. This exchange and pleasantries captured in photos.

    Southern Yacht Club  website;

    The following is a brief narrative describing their interesting yacht club:

    The records of the Southern Yacht Club trace its history back to the club’s founding in the Gulf Coast resort town of Pass Christian, Mississippi in the year 1849. Only the venerable New York Yacht Club can document an earlier founding date. As such, SYC is proud to bear the mantle of the second oldest yacht club in the United States. Over the years,

    Southern Yacht Club sailors have won four Olympic medals and numerous national and international championships. Through more than one hundred and sixty years of prosperity and adversity the Southern Yacht Club has maintained a tradition of keen competition, sportsmanship and eponymous hospitality.

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    Learn more here:


    Next Generation of HYC is at the J/24 World Championship

    (News - 8th September, 2017)

    Katie Drake and Fin Hadlock are headed to the Port Credit Yacht Club of Mississauga, Canada, which is hosting the 2017 J/24 World Championship for J/24 Class yachts. Katie and Finn are joined by Stephanie Helms and Tony Parker representing our little town of Freeport! They plan to hoist an HYC burgee at some point!!!


    Look here and learn more;

    Through the week long J/24 racing event, competitors arrive for 3-1/2 days of official boat measuring and required safety checks, a practice races, and five days of racing held on Lake Ontario’s western waterfront. Eighty-five teams, involving at least 400 top racing yachtsmen and yachtswomen are expected to compete in the challenging ten-race series.

    Announcing “Who’s Where” white board at the club!

    (News - 27th July, 2017)



    In order for members to link up on the water we have put up a “Who’s Where” white board at the club, across from the restrooms.  Put as much or as little information on it as you would like.  We are hoping this will encourage members to meet on the water.

    HYC Sonars are available to any qualified hyc member sailors on Wednesday Nights

    (News - 2nd July, 2017)
    HYC has two Sonars (Quil and Blue Bayou) available to any qualified HYC member sailor and the board encourages their use for Wednesday night racing. It’s really quite simple to get use of them.
    • Please review the HYC Sonar Use Policy see here - HYC Owned Boat Use Policy 2017
    • Review the policy and check with Kevin Schwarm with questions on what is expected with the Sonar use and qualification
    • Reach the Director, Kevin Schwarm, email:
    • It is recommended that you go aboard one of the Sonars to get oriented before the night of the race
    • Sign up for the Wednesday Night you would like to use them
    • Then race and have fun!
    • Wednesday Night Racing starts at 6:00PM be at the club to get ready by 5;00PM
    It would be great to have both HYC Sonars Quil and Blue Bayou out on a regular basis!
    Learn more about Sonars at :

    Mission Accomplished- HYC/CCA Whaleboat cleanup and MCHT Presentation event

    (News - 25th June, 2017)
    Thanks to all that attended and helped make this combined Harraseeket Yacht Club and Cruising Club of America outreach event a success.
    • Whaleboat Island Cleanup-Plastics were recycled at the So Freeport dumpster and 180 lbs of trash was taken to the Freeport dump.  Caitlin Gerber was the MCHT Island steward who guided the cleanup activity on a perfect day. island transport was provided on HYC boats captained by Bob Harroff, Malcolm Poole, Gus MacDonald, Henry Bliss and PJ Kimball with Backup from Lev Davis.
    • Barbecue and Presentation by Tim Glidden of Maine Coast Heritage Trust-
    • Tim Glidden of Maine Coast Heritage Trust  provided an inspiring overview of the many Maine properties and conservation programs that are sponsored by the MCHT. Most folks did not realize the extent of their properties that extend from Kittery to Lubec keeping a year-round staff of 50 that swells to 75 in the summer months.  We are so fortunate to have this organization in Maine to preserve the land and public access for generations to come.

    Bass Harbor YC Burgee Exchange

    (News - 19th June, 2017)


    Inside the Bass Harbor YC Club House

    Carlton Johnson, from Bass Harbor YC, visited HYC and exchanged burgee with Cliff George. Carlton is the owner of RedFern Boat building and Up Harbor Marine. Cliff and Laura met Carlton when purchasing their boat in 2014.  Since then we have become close friends and visit each other’s harbors often!  Bass Harbor YC is a much smaller than HYC and is located at the original Hinckley Yard tucked in way up on the port side of Bass Harbor beyond Thurston’s and the town dock.   A small, unmarked driveway in Bernard leads to the clubhouse, but there is little else to point the way. Finding the BHYC requires a little local knowledge… just the way their members planned it.

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    Carlton and Cliff with Casco Castle just over Cliff’s right shoulder!

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    Learn more here:




    Tiburon Yacht Club Burgee Exchange

    (News - 15th June, 2017)

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    Alice and Jon Shinn M/V Sacagawea, from Tiburon YC, visited HYC and exchanged burgee with David Webster and Nancy Salmon on Sept. 16, 2016. The Shinn’s periodically ”buddy boated,” with David and Nancy, traveling parts of the ICW together. “We first met in Morehead City, NC and stayed in touch, off and on, for half a year after,” said David.

    Alice and Jon say their club is a casual and welcoming place (a lot like HYC) with “Beer Can Friday” races and lots of other casual activities.

    Alice has been  a member of Tiburon Yacht Club since 1983 and was Commodore in 1994.

    Tiburon Yacht Club began in 1965.  It is located in Paradise Cay, a Marina and Planned Housing development on the San Francisco Bay in Marin County.  Their view is of the East Bay and the Richmond – San Rafael Bridge.  It is an all volunteer club with about 200 memberships.  See their website

    M/V Sacagawea headed South again in September.

    HYC encourages its members to exchange burgees with other yacht clubs they visit.

    Learn more here:



    Burgee swap with Coronado Yacht Club

    (News - 5th July, 2016)

    A recent burgee swap with Coronado Yacht Club. Pictured are David Pitt and our Commodore David Kaufman.



    Sonar donated to HYC “Blue Bayou”by Robin wade and Ed Burns

    (News - 4th July, 2016)

    Every once in a while Life throws you a kiss, in this case, Robin Wade and Ed Burns, South Freeport and Bustins Island residents have donated and transferred ownership of their Sonar, Blue Bayou, with trailer, to HYC! Thank you, Robin and Ed! There is one stipulation, she will forever be named Blue Bayou.

    Silver Medal Celebration for member Hugh Freund a member of Team USA One

    (News - 2nd July, 2016)

    14523296_10202285786102003_4031446293107260780_nSunday evening (Oct 23rd) HYC had a Silver Medal Celebration for member Hugh Freund a member of Team USA One. Their silver medal performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was incredible… an awesome bit of sailing! Hugh spoke to our members about his experiences at the Paralympics in Rio, his journey to get there, and his silver medal win! He also gave the club a Paralympic banner autographed by USA sailing team members and thanked HYC members for being so supportive of his team.

    2MAS-2016-10-23 I IMG_0421 - Version 2Commodore Rick Woodruff spoke eloquently about Hugh’s accomplishments and accepts the banner from Hugh Freund in this photo!



    Sonar Silver Medal for Hugh Freund, Doerr, Kendell at Paralympic Games

    (News - 1st July, 2016)


    Photo: Thomas Lovelock © OIS/IOC.

    With a victory in the final race of the event, U.S. Paralympic Team sailors Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.)Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) have won silver medals in the Sonar class, the three-person Paralympic keelboat. For all three sailors it is the first Paralympic medal of their careers. Gold in the Sonar was won by the Australian team of Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Jonathan Harris. Bronze was secured by Paul Tingley, Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes of Canada. Several teams were in the running for the podium coming into the 6th and final day of the sailing events of Rio 2016, but Team USA saved their best race for last to win silver in dramatic fashion.

    “Rick, Brad, and Hugh sailed a great series and earned their silver medal today by racing smart and fast in the final race, on a difficult course and under pressure,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing, who served as Team Leader for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. “They’ve worked incredibly hard as a team over the years and deserve this result.”

    Doerr, Kendell and Freund entered Rio 2016 as the reigning Para Sailing World Champions and had high hopes for a podium performance. Doerr, the helmsman, is the longest-tenured athlete on the U.S. Sailing Team, having campaigned for the Paralympic Games almost continuously since 1998. Rio 2016 was his second Paralympic appearance following an 8th place performance in Beijing 2008 with different teammates. For Kendell and Freund, Rio 2016 is their first career appearance at the Games.

    “We came into today in a similar position as we had at the World Championship earlier this year, with everything to play for on the final day,” said Freund on the dock. “We really sailed the way the three of us know how to sail this boat.”

    Kendell said that it was hard to put into words what this means for the three tight-knit athletes. “2016 has been unbelievable, and this is the year we’ve worked so hard for. Coming in as World Champions, you don’t want to let it get inside your head, but you know at least that you have a chance to medal.”

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    The team also paid tribute to their coach, Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.) who worked intensively with Doerr, Kendell and Freund for the final two year years of the Rio 2016 quadrennium. “We had talent on our team, but Mike figured out how to make it all work,” said Freund. “If you look at our trajectory, it’s a huge testament to his ability as a coach to get the most out of people.” Ingham holds over 20 U.S. national and North American one-design sailing titles, and helped Doerr, Kendell and Freund win their first world championship as a team.

    Doerr (56), a surgeon in his professional life, sustained an injury in a 1992 car accident that left him wheelchair-bound. Doerr had grown up sailing in New Jersey, but when he heard that sailing was to be a demonstration sport at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, it started him on a new and eventful path in the sport. Doerr narrowly missed qualifying for Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004 before joining the U.S. Paralympic Team at Beijing 2008. As was the case in Brazil, Doerr entered the Games in China as the reigning Para Sailing World Champion, but he and his team could not find their way to the podium. Undaunted, Doerr teamed up with Kendell and Freund for a run at London 2012, and again narrowly missed selection.

    Despite this setback, the three teammates profoundly enjoyed sailing together, and committed to campaigning for Rio 2016. Doerr’s longevity at the highest levels of adaptive sailing, as well as his success, makes his story all the more remarkable. As sailing has been removed from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games by the IPC, it is possible that Rio 2016 represented the last chance for the three sailors to accomplish their long-held goal.

    Kendell (35) comes from a family of professional sailors, and his father Bruce got him started in the sport at age 7. A 2003 plane crash that claimed the lives of his father and a friend necessitated the amputation of both of Kendell’s legs above the knee. Kendell also sustained significant burns across his body, and the healing process was both long difficult. Getting back into the sport of sailing through adaptive competition proved therapeutic for the native Floridian, and a way to both remember and honor his father. Now a father himself, Kendell has said that long weeks on the road away from his family is the toughest aspect of the Paralympic path.

    Freund (28) hails from the coast of Maine, and like his teammates is a lifelong sailor. During a 2007 ski trip, Freund discovered a problem with his leg that eventually revealed itself as an aggressive form of bone cancer. Freund survived the illness, but his right foot was amputated during his freshman year at Roger Williams University. Following a suggestion from his college sailing coach, Amanda Callahan (Bristol, R.I), Freund began competing in adaptive sailing, and quickly qualified for the U.S. Sailing Team. In an interesting twist of fate, one of Freund’s earliest coaches at the local Harraseeket Yacht Club in Maine was Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) who competed on the same race courses in August as part the Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team.

    In addition to their 2016 accomplishments, the American Sonar team has amassed an impressive list of successes during their six years of racing together. The trio has won five medals at Sailing World Cup Miami, North America’s premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, since joining forces. In 2015, Doerr, Kendell and Freund won the Sunbrella Golden Torch Award in Miami, given to the top-performing American boat at the event. They were the first Paralympic-class athletes to gain this distinction in the 26-year history of the event.


    Standings: Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition (Final)

    Full Results: Rio 2016

    Sonar (Three-Person Keelboat):

    1. AUS – HARRISON Colin, HARRIS Jonathan, BOADEN Russell: 26
    2. USA – DOERR Rick, FREUND Hugh, KENDELL Brad: 44
    3. CAN – TINGLEY Paul, LUTES Scott, CAMPBELL Logan: 51
    4. NZL – DODSON Richard, MAY Andrew, SHARP Chris: 51
    5. NOR – WANG-HANSEN Aleksander, SOLBERG Marie, KRISTIANSEN Per Eugen: 54
    6. GER – KLOTZING Lasse, KROKER Jens, MAINKA Siegmund: 55
    7. GRE – CHRISTOFOROU Vasileios, ALEXAS Theodoros, NOTAROGLOU Anargyros: 58
    8. ISR – COHEN Dror, BEN YAKOV Shimon, EFRATI Arnon: 59
    9. GBR – ROBERTSON John, THOMAS Stephen, STODEL Hannah: 64
    10. FRA – JOURDREN Bruno, FLAGEUL Eric, VIMONT-VICARY Nicolas: 89
    11. BRA – DO CARMO Antonio Marcos, GONCALVES DE ABREU Jose Matias, FERREIRA ANASTACIO Herivelton: 104
    12. ITA – RAGGI Gianluca, PIRA Gian Bachisio, SOLAZZO Fabrizio: 109
    13. IRL – TWOMEY John, O’CARROLL Austin, COSTELLOE Ian: 111

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    Wednesday Night Pursuit Race was a HUGE success!

    (News - 1st July, 2016)

    Lot’s of spectators watched the finish of a terrific pursuit race. A few shots of the action contributed by the members Faith Baker, David Kent and Bill Foster are Fabulous! Vicki Smith and her crew organized a cook out at the club for over 70 spectators, skippers and their crew! HYC provided burgers, hotdogs, condiments, salads, brownies and cookies too! This year Kris Jennings has changed up the Wednesday Night format and it is so much FUN.  Some of the new events included a racing seminar, switching up crew, pursuit races to Chebeague Island and to the docks at HYC, all with socializing after the race. Thanks’ Kris! Everyone is saying…. do it again…. do it again!

    If you want to get out and join in the fun and crew email Kris Jennings –  or on August 3rd come down to the club at 5:00PM when each boats crew will be drawn out of a hat!!

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    2016 HYC Youth Sailing Program 1st week ends with smiles!

    (News, YSP News - 26th June, 2016)

    2016 Session

    1st week ends with smiles

    If you need to reach the Director, Graham Allen, he can be found at 215-870-9242 or

    2015 Session

    YSP Graham Allen 2From the Director ~ Graham Allen

    Hello Harraseeket YSP!

    Wow, what an incredible year full of great sailing, great friends and great memories.

    To help preserve those memories through the winter months and build an ever-growing anticipation for next sailing season, here is the slideshow video compiling all of the fantastic times had this summer.

    HYC regatta rewards ceremony… and on shore celebration pictures

    (News - 26th June, 2016)

    HYC member’s had a great showing in the HYC regatta. Kris Jennings skippering “Milady” came in 1st in Class B and  while Nat Henshaw skippering “Beagle” came in 3rd in Class A. Randy and Gail Rice won class C in “Imagine”, while Ed Brainard came in 2nd in “August Sun”!

    It was a beautiful summer day with 8-12 knot southwesterly and a great sail was had by all!  Many thanks to the race committee and all the volunteers including Bill & Mary Foster.

    Thanks to all the participants! See you next year!

    Class A

    1st Scapa

    2nd Kaos

    3rd Beagle

    Class B

    1st Milady

    2nd Five Speed

    3rd Cats Paw

    Class C

    1st Imagine

    2nd August Sun

    3rd Inseparable

    This regatta is held annually in June as part of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Associations’ spring series.

    The course takes the fleet through the glorious islands of Casco Bay. All HYC members, Casco Bay Yacht Clubs, and local recreational and weekend racers are welcome. The race is a  pursuit format sailing around the islands from Harraseeket River to Eagle Island with the Finish close to the Dolphin Restaurant. Whether you are out for a family race or serious competition, this race has it all.

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    Team USA 1 wins World Championship Title Medemblik 2016

    (News - 8th June, 2016)

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    On to RIO! Go Hugh Go!

    To Help them remain competitive on the road to Rio Donate

    Medemblik, The Netherlands – US Sailing Team Sperry Sonar athletes have won the overall title at the 2016 Para World Sailing Championships (May 24-28) / Delta Lloyd Regatta, a clear signal that that the United States will be a medal threat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic regatta.

    Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) had to fight until the final leg of the last race in order to secure their title, but after a week of consistently sailing at the top of the fleet, they would not be denied. Doerr, a Beijing 2008 Paralympian, won the 2007 Para Worlds in the Sonar. However, this was his first World Championship win competing with Kendell and Freund. ”The hard work that we’ve been doing over the past year, and over the last few days on that racecourse, is rewarding,” said Doerr, the longest-tenured athlete on the US Sailing Team Sperry (1998). “I’m proud to be part of an effort with these two guys.”

    Kendell described the final day of Sonar racing as a close fight from start to finish. ”We had to fight back [in the final] race,” said Kendell, who like Freund will compete in his first Paralympic Games in September. “We had to look for where the British and Australian teams were, and on that first leg we knew we were too far behind them. We knew we had a battle, and we won that battle. It was a great thing to have that wonderful feeling of holding the American flag at the end.”

    Freund noted that while winning World Championship gold was their biggest accomplishment as a team to date, they have larger goals in sight, and called this week of racing the best possible preparation for Rio 2016. At their previous major event, Sailing World Cup Hyères in April, the team came agonizingly short of the top spot on the podium. ”We were really happy to have had the opportunity to go into the last day today in the leading position,” said Freund. “That was our big falter [moment] at the last regatta. We just didn’t have the mental ability to push through the last two races. Our top goal coming into [the Worlds] was to make sure that we were in that position again, and to practice that at a really intense regatta.”

    13268060_1206735332694385_2256766596919038785_oKendell noted that their Paralympic Games campaign has made significant strides since adding coach Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.), who holds over 20 national and North American one-design titles, to the program in 2015. ”We have to give a lot of credit to Mike,” said Kendell. “He knows us, and he’s worked on what we needed to work on. He’s helped us tremendously, and it’s showing.”

    Interested in Laser racing on Sunday afternoon’s ????

    (News - 2nd June, 2016)

    Adam White is organizing informal Laser racing on Sunday afternoon’s around 2 or 3 o’clock for a few hours. The idea is to do simple courses off the dock or use the cove at high tide. Do you own a laser? Would you be interested in participating or lending your laser? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    To gather interest we would like to collect a list of interested Laser owners too so we can coordinate a willing group of participants that will lend or use their laser to race.  Please email the Webmaster to learn more at webmaster.hyc@gmail.com10636126_314271385419490_28412635892812144_n

    Donate to Team USA One Paralympic Games Campaign

    (News - 8th May, 2016)

    Message from Hugh Freund,

    “Donations keep our campaign running”. Your donation is tax-deductible and will be matched 100%. Time is critical this close to the Paralympic Games: Every additional day we can afford to train keeps us mentally sharp and physically ready for our biggest regatta yet.

    To “Help Them Finish” Donate:

    In the memo line of your check, write: HYC /Supporting Team USA One

    Click Here

    1dbf0a4f-9dfd-473d-bc67-1607ff1321e5Through the Windmark Sailing Foundation we can process your tax-deductible cash donation that will directly support our campaign costs including buying new sails, transporting and maintaining the boat, covering meals on the road, and securing housing for events. If you have hotel or airline points that you wish to share with the team to help offset travel costs, we can accept those donations as well.

    We accept donations through the Windmark Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)3, in order to provide a tax credit for donors. Funds donated to our campaign via Windmark are eligible for a 1:1 match up to $15k, so it is in all of our best interest to funnel donations through this foundation.

    For More Information



    5/24 – 5/29 Para World Championship in Medemblik, Netherlands

    (News - 1st May, 2016)

    Ci-RkrtUkAAEhH8All Paralympic boats are getting measured and weighted for the Para World Championships.

    Team USA 1 has settled down in Medemblik, unpacked their gear and gone out for three days of training with half a dozen other countries. Yesterday was equipment inspection and measurement – The Team passed all checks, which means they can enjoy a lay day today without having to make any repairs to the boat.

    DeltaLloydRegatta2015_DSC0502-e1462287134651-1024x384This will be a very competitive field to test TEAM USA 1 ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  Racing starts Tuesday.

    There will be tracking at the Para Worlds, check out the results page on the Delta Lloyd Regatta website.

    To “Help Them Finish” and compete in RIO Donate:

    Day 4 Para Worlds “Team USA 1” controls Penultimate Day, from Medemblik, The Netherlands

    (News - 1st May, 2016)


    Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine)

    Team USA 1 had one of their strongest days of racing as team on Friday, and won the first Sonar race of the day by a significant margin before taking second in the next race. Doerr, Kendell and Freund will carry a four-point overall lead into Saturday’s final races. The veteran squad will represent the United States in Rio 2016, and continue to improve with each passing regatta.

    “Today’s good performance began with our starting,” said Kendell, the main trimmer and tactician. Kendell noted that coach Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.) had made starting technique the team’s main priority during the past six months. “On the first race, it was all about sailing our own race. We got off the starting line well, hit all the shifts, and had a clear lane all the way through. I was just telling the guys that we were sailing smart, and to keep it going. We also had a pretty good comeback in the second race. We had to cover the Germans and British for most of it, since they were close to us overall. We stayed with who we had to, and then pounced at the end to take second.”

    This is the second consecutive major regatta, after Sailing World Cup Hyères in April, where Doerr, Kendell and Freund will enter the final day of racing in the overall lead. “Going into the final day of a World Championship in the top spot is the best possible practice you could get before the [Paralympic] Games,” said Freund. “We are right where we want to be. We have to recognize that it’s a big day [tomorrow], but keep doing what’s been working. Whenever we do our early morning practice routine well, we have a good day.”

    To Help them remain competitive on the road to Rio Donate

    Track the Para Worlds, check out the results page here

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    Day 3 Team USA 1 went into the day as the Sonar class leaders, and are now in 2nd overall after scores of 10,2 on the day

    (News - 1st May, 2016)

    Delta Lloyd Regatta 2016 © Sander van der BorchPictured:  Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine), & US Sailing Team Sperry. Photo: Sander Van der Borch / Delta Lloyd Regatta – See more at:

    Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) went into the day as the Sonar class leaders, and are now in 2nd overall after scores of 10,2 on the day. “You just need to look at the big picture all the time,” said Doerr, who will become two-time Paralympian in August. “You can have bad races, but you need to keep it in perspective. We worked hard in the first race to keep on the tails of the lead boats after an early foul, and in the second race to get a good overall score.”

    To Help them remain competitive on the road to Rio Donate

    Track the Para Worlds, check out the results page here

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    Team USA 1 won bronze for the US Sailing Team Sperry on Day 4 of Sailing World Cup Hyères (April 27 – May 1)

    (News - 1st May, 2016)


    Pictured: Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine), Paralympic Sonar, US Sailing Team Sperry. Photo: Jen Edney/US Sailing. – See more at:

    Donate to Team USA 1 Paralympic Games Campaign

    Donations keep our campaign running”. Your donation is tax-deductible and will be matched 100%. Time is critical this close to the Paralympic Games: Every additional day we can afford to train keeps us mentally sharp and physically ready for our biggest regatta yet.

    To “Help Them Finish” Donate:


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2016

    Hyères, France – Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) won bronze for the US Sailing Team Sperry on Day 4 of Sailing World Cup Hyères (April 27 – May 1).  It is the second career podium performance in Hyères for the three adaptive sailors, and a strong week of racing against the best Sonar teams in the world indicates that the veteran team will be medal contenders in Rio 2016.

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    Photo: Jen Edney/US Sailing

    Doerr, Kendell and Freund entered the day wearing gold leader jerseys in the Sonar, but scores of 7,8 allowed teams from Norway and Great Britain to slide just ahead in the final standings. “We didn’t quite put ourselves in position to succeed today,” said Freund. “That being said, this was still one of our stronger events of the [four-year Paralympic cycle] so far. Our middle set of races were especially consistent. Many of the teams that will likely be in Rio were here, and so we are proud to get on the podium.” Doerr, Kendell and Freund earned selection to the Rio 2016 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team on Wednesday. – See more at:




    A Laser that Stafford Soule reconditioned sells on Craigslist to provide a donation to Team USA 1

    (News - 1st May, 2016)

    Stafford had the idea of repairing a laser and selling it with the proceeds going to support Hugh Freund’s Paralympic Sailing, Team USA 1 campaign. Stafford worked on reconditioning this Laser generously donated by Tony MacDonald.  He patched up a couple holes, faired the hull and applied several coats of epoxy.

    20160425_150726After several weeks of terrible weather for this kind of work, snow, rain, Staff struggled to finish the repairs. Due to the cold weather, the final coat of epoxy was still curing as the new owner towed it back to Bangor.

    The reconditioned laser sold last week for $550.00! With the Match from Windmark this provides a $1,100 overall contribution to Hugh’s campaign.

    Staff stated, “It was  a wonderful project and made me feel so good that the buyer (a young father) had learned to sail on a laser many years ago and had been saving to buy a laser. He plans to now teach his 12-year-old son to sail on a lake in Bangor.

    Hugh Freund with his team mates Rick Doerr & Brad Kendell “Sonar” Earn Place On Rio 2016 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team

    (News - 27th April, 2016)


    Pictured: Team USA’s Doerr, Kendell and Freund, Sonar class. Photo: Jen Edney/US Sailing.

    Hyères, France -  Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) have earned selection to the Rio 2016 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team based on the results of the US Sailing Paralympic Athlete Selection Series in the Sonar three-person keelboat. The trio have been the top-performing American Sonar team since London 2012, and have earned medals at several of the world’s premier adaptive sailing events. This will be the second Team USA appearance for Doerr, who competed at Beijing 2008, and the first career Paralympic Games for Kendell and Freund.

    “It’s been a long journey since 2008, and this seems to be a culmination of our efforts, though we have a lot of work left to do,” said Doerr. “It’s really exciting that we finally put everything together, and sailed a really good year [of regattas] to make this happen.”

    Doerr, a 2007 Disabled Sailing World Champion in the Sonar, is the longest-tenured member of the US Sailing Team, with over sixteen years on the roster. Doerr, Kendell and Freund have been sailing as a team for the past seven years, and finished second by a narrow margin in the London 2012 Paralympic Selection Series. Since that first campaign together, Doerr, Kendell and Freund have achieved a new level of consistency and speed under coach Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.), who has won over 20 national and continental championships in his career.


    Pictured: Doerr, Kendell, Freund and coach Ingham training before the start of The Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France 2016. Photo: Jen Edney/US Sailing

    The team has won five medals at Sailing World Cup Miami, North America’s premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, in the past seven years. In 2015 the three Sonar athletes won the Sunbrella Golden Torch Award in Miami, given to the top-performing American boat at the event. Doerr, Kendell and Freund were the first Paralympic-class athletes to gain this distinction in the 26-year history of the event.

    WATCH: Team USA Sonar Headed to Rio 2016 - Doerr, Kendell, Freund 

    “Our confidence level right now is super high,” said Freund, a 2011 graduate of Roger Williams University, who began his Paralympic sailing career while still an undergraduate student. “We’re working better together as a team than we have at any point in the years we’ve been together. We’ve got a ton of training camps planned, and every regatta that we can sail in, we will sail in. We’re making sure we maximize our training opportunities on the water [both] at home and in Rio.”

    “We’ve been working really hard, and the next month in going to be really busy,” said Kendell, who will compete with him teammates at Sailing World Cup Hyères in France this week, and at the Para World Sailing Championships in the Netherland in late May. “We’ll be in and out of different countries, and our hometowns. We want to medal at each event we enter, and to be winning [consistently] going into the Paralympics.”

    Challenging for a medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic regatta will represent the fulfillment of a long-held dream, said Freund. “It’s going to be a great feeling to be the team representing the U.S., with our country behind us and our flag above us.”

    HYC Membership fundraising

    The Board also set a goal  for the “membership fundraising ” of $15,000.00. We hope our membership will support this target with a grass roots fund raising effort. This Paralympic bid requires a monumental effort by Hugh’s team. We are determined to achieve this $15,000 goal and celebrate the membership fundraising at our Spring Opening Party, Saturday, May 14th.

    To “Help Them Finish” Donate:

    Click Here

    The Team is currently accepting donations through the Windmark Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)3, in order to provide a tax credit for donors. Funds donated to the Team’s campaign via Windmark are eligible for a 1:1 match up to $15k, so it is in all of our best interest to funnel donations through this foundation.

    About the US Sailing

    The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country. This includes National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry, the national team for top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class. For more information, please visit

    Press Contact: Will Ricketson, Olympic Communications Manager, US Sailing. (978) 697-2384.

    HYC supports Hugh Freund and “Membership Fundraising for Team USA One Paralympic Games Campaign

    (News - 13th April, 2016)

    1dbf0a4f-9dfd-473d-bc67-1607ff1321e5HYC supports Hugh’s Team Going to Rio!

    Special Message from Commodore David Kaufman

    At the April Board meeting HYC Directors enthusiastically, unanimously and proudly earmarked a $1500 HYC yacht club donation in support of Hugh Freund’s Team USA One Paralympic Campaign bid for Rio and intiated a plan for Membership Fund Raising  for the team as well.

    Hugh is a HYC member and alumnus of our HYC Youth Sailing Program as a sailor and later as an instructor. His parents, Julie and Dan Freund are HYC members as well.

    The Board also set a goal  for the “membership fundraising ” of $15,000.00. We hope our membership will support this target with a grass roots fund raising effort. We are determined to achieve this $15,000 goal and celebrate the membership fundraising at our Spring Opening Party, Saturday, May 14th.

    In the next few short weeks we will be sending a number of communications and information updates on Hugh’s Sonar racing team’s progress. As you learn about this campaign I’m confident you’ll feel the excitement and pride Hugh is generating at HYC.

    This Paralympic bid requires a monumental effort by Hugh’s team (learn more below). HYC played a large role in shaping Hugh’s odyssey.

    Let’s help Hugh and his Team participate by providing necessary funding to keep him moving towards the finish line.

    Go Hugh, Go HYC, Go Rio.


    Be SURE TO WATCH ” UnCharted Waters”

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    To “Help Them Finish” Donate:

    Click Here

    The Team is currently accepting donations through the Windmark Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)3, in order to provide a tax credit for donors. Funds donated to the Team’s campaign via Windmark are eligible for a 1:1 match up to $15k, so it is in all of our best interest to funnel donations through this foundation.

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    Be sure to Watch Uncharted Waters (HYC supports Hugh Freund and his team’s bid for the Paralympics in Rio)

    (News - 7th April, 2016)

    USA Team Sperry Sonar sailors training in Clearwater, FL

    To view “UnCharted Waters”

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    Uncharted Waters follows  their quest to claim a spot on the Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams that will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

    In sailing, every minute counts. Not just during a regatta, but during training, too. The time you spend with your team, on and off the water, helps create a bond and a rhythm that can make all the difference. Somehow, despite the distance between them, Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund make it work sailing the Sonar sailboat together.

    Hugh As you may know Hugh is a HYC member and alumnus of our HYC Youth Sailing Program as a sailor and later as an instructor. Since losing his leg to bone cancer in college, he’s become an expert at balancing the demands of sailing and real life, first as an architecture student and now as a graphic designer.

    RickOver in New Jersey, Rick runs his own plastic surgery practice and tries to find time for training somewhere in between the office, the operating room and the ER. He was in his fourth year residency when his legs were paralyzed in a car crash; it was during his recovery that he rediscovered sailing. Now, sailing is more than rehabilitation, it’s his mission.

    BradDown in Florida, Brad is something of a swashbuckler. After losing both his legs in a plane crash, he helped create and run the Never Say Never Pirate Camp. Once a year, he introduces kids and their families to adaptive sailing, sharing the freedom he’s found out on the water.

    In 2012, they expected to make the Paralympic team. They didn’t. Now, with Paralympic sailing dropped from the 2020 games, they have one last chance in the Paralympic Games in Rio. Time is running out, and they know it.

    UnCharted Waters follows  their quest to claim a spot on the Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams that will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

    To “Help Them Finish” Donate:

    Click Here

    The team is currently accept donations through the Windmark Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)3, in order to provide a tax credit for donors. Funds donated to their campaign via Windmark are eligible for a 1:1 match up to $15k, so it is in all of our best interest to funnel donations through this foundation.

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    Learn more; “Incredible 12 months of Hugh Freund’s Sonar campaign for Rio 2016″

    (News - 5th April, 2016)


    In the 12 months leading up to the Paralympics, Team USA One has competed in 5 countries on 4 continents separated by 87 degrees of latitude, and spent an incredible 80 days training and racing together. As enormous as that is, well-funded European teams will log double the time in the same year.

    How We Qualify

    Only 16 berths are allocated for the Sonar class at the Paralympics. Countries must first qualify by finishing in the top of the fleet at specified World Championships in 2014 and 2015. As a top performing boat at the 2015 Para World Championship in Australia, Team USA One qualified the United States for a Paralympic berth. Then we must continue to be the best performing domestic team to earn a place on the US Paralympic team. For each US team vying for the Paralympic berth, the sum of their final finishing positions at the 2015 Para World Championship and 2016 Sailing World Cup stop in Hyeres, France in April will determine which team is selected.

    The US team with the least total points after the two selection events will go to Rio.

    So they can’t do it alone

    While our competitors receive financial backing from their governments, Team USA is 100% funded by individual donors and sponsors. The Team’s top competitors invest up to 400% more in their Olympic Programs. That means that the US Sailing Olympic Team has to work harder, smarter and with precision to achieve success. Now that the Olympic podium is clearly within our sights, every minute and every dollar counts.

    To “Help Them Finish” Donate:

    Click Here

    They are currently accept donations through the Windmark Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)3, in order to provide a tax credit for donors. Funds donated to their campaign via Windmark are eligible for a 1:1 match up to $15k, so it is in all of our best interest to funnel donations through this foundation.

    For More Information



    The membership voted Charlie Whittier a lifetime member designation

    (News - 18th March, 2016)

    The membership voted Charlie Whittier a lifetime member designation in recognition to years of HYC service and participation in many sailing events and regattas – Congrats Charlie!

    Hugh Freund and his “Team Valiant” takes 1st Place for the 2016 Sonar Class Association Midwinter Championship!!

    (News - 8th March, 2016)

    Rick Doerr Midwinter copyThe SCA Midwinter Championship once again provided spectacular weather and 9 great races over the 3 day weekend. This year’s version also included several top contenders for the Rio Paralympics, and was the first time ever an SCA sanctioned regatta was sailed as an Appendix B event, which limits the racing to 2 sails and the addition of a whisker pole.

    The SCA Midwinter Championship not only featured some great racing by Paralympic contenders, but also with Wounded Warrior teams from USA and GBR competing, it made it an even more rewarding experience featuring great camaraderie and sportsmanship between the disabled sailors and non disabled alike.

    In the end, Team Valiant with Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund took first place with 24 points. Second went to Team Bandit, helmed by Andy Fisher, with 26 points. Third was Team CAN 835 with 27.

    Full results here:

    Rick Doerr’s debrief can be seen by clicking on  More Info…“ 

    HYC members rendezvous in Auckland!

    (News - 15th February, 2016)


    HYC members Ned Merrick and Eric Oransky rendezvous in Auckland!

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