January 24, 2018
 South Freeport, ME
3:50 AM / 4:13 PM
10:00 AM / 10:22 PM
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  • It was great season… Return here in February 2018 for

    Youth Sailing Program Information


    Meet the 2017 Instructors

    Director ~ Kevin Schwarm

    2016 Kevin Schwarm 420 coachKevin Schwarm will be  HYC’s Sailing Director for our Youth Sailing Program this summer. Kevin’s a HYC sailing program alumnus, a Univ of Miami race team member and has many years of club instruction and admin at SailMaine in Portland. Kevin grew up sailing in the HYC Junior Program, starting in recruits and progressing up through multiple years on the Opti and 420 Race Teams. From there, Kevin moved on to high school sailing for North Yarmouth Academy and Southern Maine High School. Most recently, he sailed for the University of Miami Sailing Team, from where he recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Kevin has spent the past four years instructing at SailMaine in Portland, the last two years of which he also fulfilled the role of Assistant Junior Program Director. Kevin is thrilled to return to his hometown yacht club to share his love of sailing and racing with the next generation

    If you need to reach the Director, Kevin Schwarm, email: sailingdirector.hyc@gmail.com.

    Patrick Robinson

    Asst. Director and Mates Instructor 


    Patrick Robinson will be HYC’s Assistant Director for our Youth Sailing Program for this summer. Patrick, a Portland native, spent several years on the HYC summer race program during middle and high school. He competed for 5 years of high school sailing and some college sailing while at the University of Maine. Since he was 17 he has competitively done fore deck on several different race boats including Talanta during the 2016 Atlantic Cup. Patrick has also worked at several different clubs including Agamenticus, SailMaine, and was the Director of sailing at Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association during the summer of 2016. Patrick recently graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelors of Science in Economics and a minor in innovations engineering. Patrick is excited to come back to Harraseeket for the summer.

    Emily Jennings

    Head instructor for the new Advanced Training Group

    Head instructor for the Guppies 


    Hello! My name is Emily Jennings and I am studying Mechanical Engineering and Math at Union College. I grew up in Freeport and I began sailing with the HYC Youth Sailing program at age eight and I worked my way up to the 420 Race Team (Emily has been a Maine State 420 Champion!). Last year I was the head Recruits and Mates instructor for the first session and I became the head instructor for the new Advanced Training Group during the second session. I also was the head instructor for the Guppies in the afternoons. My family’s boat lives in the Harraseeket River and I spend my summers on the water sailing. Can’t wait to see you on the water!

    I believe the ultimate goal of the program is to turn the participants into confident independent sailors through hands-on learning.

    Annabelle Weiser 

    Opti Race Coach


    Hello, my name is Annabelle, and this is my second summer working at HYC. I grew up on Peak’s Island, and am attending St. Michael’s College in the fall. My love for sailing developed when I was eight years old, and since then I have spent every summer on the water. I raced Optis for one summer before transitioning into 420 racing, which I did for three summers and four years in high school. I am looking forward to a great summer and lots of fun on the water!

    Ben Tonks 

    Recruits Instructor


    Hey, my name is Ben Tonks! I am currently attending the University of Georgia studying Mechanical Engineering. I first learned to sail a teenager in Casco Bay with my relatives, and gained a love for the sport. I sail competitively at UGA on the race team and I also currently serve as the Commodore for our club. This will be my first summer as an instructor at HYC and I will be working with the recruits and mates. I am excited to get started in just a few weeks!

    Ashley Arruda 

    Junior Instructor


    Hi! My name is Ashley Arruda. Next Fall I will be attending Yarmouth High School as a junior. I grew up sailing at HYC in the Youth Sailing program. I started at HYC as a recruit seven years ago,and I’ve sailed on the 420 race team for years. I am also a skipper for the Yarmouth Sailing Team in the Fall. This summer is my first summer instructing as I am a Junior instructor. I am super excited for a fantastic summer, in which I can share my passion of sailing with up and coming sailors.

    Matthew Bolles

    Matthew Bolles

    Junior Instructor


    My name is Matthew Bolles and I am a Mechanical engineering major at UMaine. I grew up in Yarmouth and started sailing around the age of 8 with my parents racing in Boothbay. Since then I have done two summers of sailing camps, I have raced for the Yarmouth High School Sailing team for 5 seasons, and raced for the on a team of laser sailors. I continue to sail my laser throughout the summer but now i’m here to teach others how to sail and help them find a passion for an awesome sport. I can’t wait to see you all there!

    Consider donating to the Beth Willhoite Youth Sailing Scholarship Fund

    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.