September 20, 2017
 South Freeport, ME
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  • Beth Willhoite Youth Sailing Program Scholarship Fund

    (News, YSP News - 3rd August, 2017)

    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 as of August 23 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.

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    PLEASE Note all YSP News posts below are from 2016 – 2009!

    (YSP News - 2nd July, 2016)

    Please scroll down to view all the highlights and YSP news from 2016 and before


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

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

    2016 Session

    1st week ends with smiles

    https://youtu.be/WpiOvBHUSpY

    If you need to reach the Director, Graham Allen, he can be found at 215-870-9242 or sailingdirector.hyc@gmail.com.

    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.


    2015 Sailing Program News! Check the HYC Youth Sailing Program Blog

    (YSP News - 6th July, 2015)

    HYC placed 1st and 4th at the very competitve Marblehead Junior Race Week regatta! Joey Chomyn/Parker Swanson got 1st and Griffin Primeau/Carly Siemen got 4th. The rest of the team had really good finishes, all had good races and a great time!

    Check our official HYC Youth Sailing Program Blog for pictures and a description of all the activities EACH day! https://hycsails.wordpress.com .Find the highlights and overview of the HYC Sailing Program week here! For a more detailed look at the week, including what the kids were taught each day and pictures from each class, please look at and share our official HYC Youth Sailing Program Blog! There is a weekly email sent out every weekend giving the highlights of the week as well as notes for the coming week.

    We are using the HYC WordPress blog (https://hycsails.wordpress.com/)

    frostys-donuts-2FRIDAY is FROSTY’S FRIDAY!! This was such an awesome time for the big and little kids come together to eat donuts, hangout, and talk about the things that are really important in sailing. Please refer to the blog to read about this is in greater detail! Our big point is sportsmanship is thriving with others, being the best you can possibly be by encouraging others in your conduct and performance. Success is not exceeding others but joining others to raise the bar and bring those who are struggling up with you, for the mutual encouragement and benefit of all.

    Keep up with the Sailing Program here: https://hycsails.wordpress.com


    2014 Youth Sailing Program Awards

    (YSP News - 15th September, 2014)

    Grubby Douglas Award – Emelia vonSaltza Instructor

    IMG_0162Given to an instructor in the sailing program.  The chair of the sailing program chooses this award. The “Grubby” Douglas Award is awarded to the exceptional Sailing Program Instructor who, through their teaching skills, embodies Grubby’s natural teaching gift.  Grubby’s patience and the non-judgmental learning atmosphere he created which inspired his students to find their own strengths, guided by a friend, define this gift.

     Sea Lark Award – Enrique Ruiz

    Awarded to the ” most improved” Sailing program participant.

     Stuart F. MacDonald – Carolina Jimenez

    Awarded to the “most improved racing ” sailor and for “good sportsmanship”

    Youth Program Optimist Champion – Jacob Selian

    Club 420 State of Maine Championship – Joey Chomyn / Emily Jennings

    Matt and T.J. Award -Nathan Selian & Jacob Selian

     


    2014 HYC Youth Sailing! “What an Amazing Year”!

    (News, YSP News - 22nd August, 2014)
    Please check out HYCsails.wordpress.com.

    HYCsails.wordpress.com will give you an inside look at HYC Youth Sailing Program in 2014 with photos, videos, and comments from our fantastic instructors!
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    Here is a Great Video from the instructors made from the entire year:
    IMG_0162HYC Youth Sailing came to a close for the 2014 season on August 15th with a wonderful Awards Ceremony led by our Coaches. It was a great season for these kids sailing in and around Harraseeket Harbor. Here is the HYC Youth Sailing Awards Night 2014 picture slide show video: http://youtu.be/2TVi9rgeQqU
    A quote from Finn Hadlock our HYC 2014 Sailing Director sums up his experience;

    IMG_9076 - Version 2“For the past four years I have had the honor of working in this beautiful place. I have sweat here, cried here, had more joy than I could ever imagine, here. Here is where sailors of all kinds can come and find their own strengths, guided by their friends!”

    HYC Youth Sailing Programs facilitates the growth of junior sailing at all levels. Our coaching focuses on supporting youth sailors on all levels looking to develop their skills. Our instructors accomplish this while promoting fun, safety, self-reliance, and good sportsmanship!

    Our program is very successful thanks to the support of these fine young sailors, their families, our coaches and HYC members.

    To learn more about HYC Youth Sailing Here; http://hyc.cc/curriculum/

    2014 Youth Sailing Awards

    Grubby Douglas Award – Emelia vonSaltza Instructor

    Given to an instructor in the sailing program.  The chair of the sailing program chooses this award. The “Grubby” Douglas Award is awarded to the exceptional Sailing Program Instructor who, through their teaching skills, embodies Grubby’s natural teaching gift.  Grubby’s patience and the non-judgmental learning atmosphere he created which inspired his students to find their own strengths, guided by a friend, define this gift.

     Sea Lark Award – Enrique Ruiz

    Awarded to the ” most improved” Sailing program participant.

     Stuart F. MacDonald – Carolina Jimenez

    Awarded to the “most improved racing ” sailor and for “good sportsmanship”

    Youth Program Optimist Champion – Jacob Selian

    Club 420 State of Maine Championship – Joey Chomyn / Emily Jennings

    Matt and T.J. Award -Nathan Selian & Jacob Selian

     


    2013 Youth Sailing Awards

    (YSP News - 12th November, 2013)

    Grubby Douglas Award – Max Jennings Instructor

    Given to an instructor in the sailing program.  Chosen by the chair of the sailing program. The “Grubby” Douglas Award is awarded to the exceptional Sailing Program Instructor who, through their teaching skills, embodies Grubby’s natural teaching gift.  This gift is defined by Grubby’s patience and the non-judgmental learning atmosphere he created which inspired his students to find their own strengths, guided by a friend.

    Sea Lark Award – Ashley Arruda

    Awarded to the ” most improved” Sailing program participant.

    Stuart F. MacDonald – Dan Morse

    Awarded to the “most improved racing ” sailor and for “good sportsmanship”


    View the “Youth Sailing Video” created from the 2013 season:

    (YSP News - 12th October, 2013)

    View the “Youth Sailing Video” created from the 2013 season: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hlhxN-86YY

     A BIG thanks to Ellis, Emelia, and Lindsay for putting this together.

    Our entire staff loved teaching your kids last summer and we look forward to seeing them again this summer!

     HYC SAILS!!!!

    Finn

    Finn Hadlock Sailing Director

    sailingdirector.hyc@gmail.com

     

     


    2012 Youth Sailing Awards

    (YSP News - 13th September, 2012)

    Grubby Douglas Award - Finn Hadlock Instructor

    Given to an instructor in the sailing program.  Chosen by the chair of the sailing program. The “Grubby” Douglas Award is awarded to the exceptional Sailing Program Instructor who, through their teaching skills, embodies Grubby’s natural teaching gift.  This gift is defined by Grubby’s patience and the non-judgmental learning atmosphere he created which inspired his students to find their own strengths, guided by a friend.

    Sea Lark Award – Robbie Miller

    Awarded to the ” most improved” Sailing program participant.

    Stuart F. MacDonald – Emelia Von Saltza

    Awarded to the “most improved racing ” sailor and for “good sportsmanship”

    Matt & TJ Award – Ellis Price & Graham Allen

    Awarded to the two students who work the best together, ” teamwork”

    Youth Program Optimist Championship – Joey Chomyn



    Great video of the HYC 420 Team!! Congratulations on a GREAT season!

    (YSP News - 17th August, 2012)

    This Video shows members of the HYC 420 Race Team showing their extremely competent boat handling. This Team has a passion for higher level competition and had a GREAT season representing HYC at the Sears, Bemis, Smythe, Leiter, and Midget Regattas as well as Marblehead Junior Race Week and other regattas. The typical age range for this class is from 14 to 17. Thanks for the video Coach Finn Hadlock!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TGA8YzQ3iw

    Team Pic from the top of the Castle!


    8th Annual HYC Youth Regatta 2012 (Kid’s Eye View from Opti’s Day 2)

    (News, YSP News - 6th August, 2012)

    Day 2 (August 3rd) This video features the 75 or so Opti sailors. Oh what fun they had. This event could not happen without the enthusiastic help of all of our HYC volunteer members, Youth Sailing Parents and HYC Sailing Instructors! A great cook out on the barge a swim and awards for the two-day event topped off a great day for these young sailors.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDdnfCc4Tag

     


    HYC Youth Regatta Video of Day 1 August 2nd

    (News, YSP News - 5th August, 2012)

    Day 1 (August 2nd) and it happened with the enthusiastic help of all of our volunteer members, Youth Sailing Parents and Sailing  Instructors!  Fog and light air got us off to a late start but the 420′s were able to pull off two races!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy1jV1WSF0U


    HYC Youth Sailing Program is in full swing! See Video Here!

    (Blog, YSP News - 1st July, 2012)

    This video shows some of the fun in the 1st two weeks of session 1.

    Oh what fun in session one!

    http://youtu.be/CCB2biETepU

    If you have any  questions about our program please contact Kim Dempsey.

     

     


    2011 Youth Regatta Results and Wrap Up

    (News, Race Results, YSP News - 6th August, 2011)

    Here are the Results

    2011 Youth Regatta Results-All Classes

    The HYC FaceBook Page will also have Photos and Movies so check back often for updates.

    As you’ve probably seen and heard, this year’s Youth Regatta was another example of what makes HYC so special. Hosting 91 boats, 117 sailors with their coaches and some parents, we had a small army of volunteers who made it all happen.  Here’s a brief rundown of everyone’s contributions, many of which began in the weeks prior to the Regatta.

    • Brenda Collins and Carol Hudson greeted the sailors on Thursday morning with breakfast.
    • Denley Poor and Susan McCracken ran the registration table, while Jeb McCarty and Tom Tobey directed   the flow of cars, trucks and boat trailers as the sailors arrived to unload, launch and prepare for the competition.
    • Cynthia Selinger and Karen Bikulcius made and delivered bag lunches for everyone.
    • With a delayed harbor start, Bob Grout piloted Jack Thomas’s “Dark & Stormy” as the 420/ Laser RC boat put out to the bay with Frank Pizzo and his crew.
    • Finn Hadlock and Cliff George handled the 420/ Laser marks; Max Jennings and myself tended the marks for the Optimist course.
    • Sarah Kent with help from Claire Henry, directed the Optimist course RC work (60 boats!).
    • Peter McCracken, John Lincoln and the Prices’ provided parents and friends with boats to watch the action.
    • Meanwhile back at the club, Tim Baker caught up on his summer reading while handling the scoring as the results were called in.
    • Beth Ahearn joined Julie Freund, Kristen Bailey, Peg Willauer, Sandi Goolden, Susan Martling, Romey Brown, June Chomyn, Cindy Burroughs and others in serving up a great lasagna dinner for all the competitors after the races on Thursday evening.
    • On Thursday night, the Prices’s, Stephanie Paine, Vicki Smith and Pat Phillips hosted sailors from Christmas Cove and Boothbay.
    • Mabel Gerquist helped Sue Jennings put on breakfast Friday morning.
    • The 420/ Laser Race Committee crew got additional help on Friday from Bob Santomena and Tom & Kevin Schwarm.
    • Sue Hadlock hosted a gang of parents and friends spectating on “Tangent” as did the Peter and Weezie on “Big Dog Party”
    • Anne & Rob Fuehrer, Cindy & Spencer Drake, June Chomyn, Pat Nash, Pat Phillips and Katie Siemen arrived on the scene with Carter Becker on the “Barge”. Their collective efforts resulted in another fantastic post-race, on-the -water cookout. As I heard one young sailor say to another on Friday morning “….the best darn hamburger you’ll ever have.”

    Many thanks to all who helped the sailors haul and pack their boats and gear  – and especially those that cleaned up the Club afterwards. Also, much appreciation to Frank Pizzo and all the Instructors!
    I’m sure I’ve overlooked several dozen, my apologies.
    Well done !!
    Henry

    Here are the Results

    The HYC FaceBook Page will also have Photos and Movies so check back often for updates.


    2010 Youth Regatta was a Blast! – Results

    (News, YSP News - 9th August, 2010)

    Imported Photos 00058The 2010 HYC Youth Regatta and 420 State of Maine Championship was a great time by all involved and it couldn’t have happened without all the enthusiastic help of all of our members and Sailing  Instructors! With over 100 junior sailors racing over two days in challenging conditions from fog one day to large wind shifts on the second day the team on two lines was able to get off enough races to allow a throw out. Friday was the highlight with racing completed in time to have our famous Barge Barbecue out on the race course.

    Here are the results:

    2010-420 State of Maine Championship

    2010 Laser Results

    2010 Opti Green Results

    2010 Opti RWB Results

    Pictures are on the photo link and more will follow as we round them up.

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    2009 Youth Regatta – a huge success!

    (News, YSP News - 9th August, 2009)

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    Our 5 Annual HYC Youth Regatta was a huge success not for just the beautiful weather but the tremendous help and volunteer spirit that drives this event.

    This year we hosted over 90 boats and somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 sailors along with coaches and parents, for two days of racing which included the State of Maine 420 Championships. Sailors competed from the following Yacht Clubs: Agamenticus, Boothbay Harbor, Bucks Harbor, Camden, Castine, HYC, Kollegewidgwok, Peaks Island, Portland, Southport and Sunapee (NH).


    2009 1st Session Sailing Program News

    (YSP News - 15th July, 2009)

    July 15th 2009

    Hello-

    Here are some updates for each class-

    Recruits
    The recruits are making up for lost time. They are catching onto upwind sailing
    quickly. On Tuesday they were introduced to a race course, which they got used
    to sailing around. They are getting more familiar with optis and more
    comfortable with the water and general boat handling.

    Mates
    Last Friday, the Mates (along with the Skippers) had a great time sailing on big
    boats during Big Boat Day. We haven’t had this event in a couple years, and it
    was good to get it back in the schedule. Thank you for all of those who
    volunteered to take kids out! The Mates have also done very well with
    spinnakers and getting comfortable with racing. We have two sailing optis in the
    Lake Sunapee Regatta this week. All the mates are getting along really well and
    having a lot of fun.

    Skippers
    This group continues to be eager to learn and catching onto concepts quickly.
    The entire class is in five boats and one opti sailing in the Lake Sunapee Regatta.
    One boat will be heading off to the Northeast Junior Olympics in Northeast
    Harbor next week.

    420
    The 420 got back from the Hingham Regatta last week, and is off on Lake
    Sunapee this week. They have been falling back into racing well, and posting
    some promising results. They are off to Northeast Harbor next week for the
    Northeast Junior Olympics.

    -Amy


    2009 Student Handbooks

    (YSP News - 4th July, 2009)

    We have compiled a handbook of sketches and notes regarding some of the vital information covered in the Recruits and Mates classes during the Youth Sailing Program.  Included are pages about basic sailing knowledge, information specific to HYC’s boats and daily activities, safety on the water, and racing.  Pages are handed out to sailors in class for use in lessons and to take home to keep as a resource.  So that sailors can access them in case they are lost or damaged between the club and home we have posted the handbook below.

    HYC Sailing Program Teaching Points

    We hope they are helpful, and encourage you to look at them at home with your sailor.


    2009 Participate in our Volunteer Parent/ Member Program this Summer!

    (News, YSP News - 25th May, 2009)

    As I mentioned at the Opening Party, the HYC Youth Sailing Program Staff, with an eye to safety, would like to have a volunteer Parent or Member on the waterfront during the Recruits and Mates classes each day during both sessions.
    This “Volunteer Parent/ Member Program” is an opportunity for Members to contribute to our Program, meet new people and get volunteer credit time.

    Primarily, it will provide valuable assistance to the Instructors and Coaches. If a medical and/ or other concern arises ( perhaps when a Participant needs to return to shore), the Parent/ Member on duty can appropriately assist the Participant(s) and Instructor(s). There may be additional responsibilities on a day-to-day basis at the discretion of the Instructors and Coaches.

    We encourage all Members to participate; Parents of the Participants are being asked to participate as well. Pair up with another parent or member!

    Please contact Mary Martin via email at marymartin@suscom-maine.net or give her a call at (207) 865-0689 and she can tell you what is required and what dates & times are available. Please check the HYC website calendar for the dates of each Session. We really appreciate Mary’s help on this!

    Thank you.

    Henry Bliss
    HYC Youth Sailing Program Coordinator.


    2009 Hugh Fruend makes US Sailing Team!

    (News, YSP News - 23rd March, 2009)

    Hugh Fruend, an HYC Sailing Program alumni and instructor has been named to the 2009 US Paralympic Sailing Team for 3 person class sailing Sonars.  The sailors will be working toward the 2012 Olympics.  For more information on the 2009 teams visit the www.teamusa674.com.  Congratulations Hugh!