After School Sailing
Ages: 5th - 8th Grade
Dates: September 8 - October 20 (makeup 10/27), 2014
Time: 3:45 -6:00pm
Coaches: Samantha Parisi
EYC is offering after school sailing for students in grades 5-8. Sailors must have some previous experience. The program will use Club FJs. Sailors will work on fundamental sailing skills, boat handling, beginner racing, and an intro into high school sailing in a fun environment. This program is an extension of our beginner learn-to-sail program.
High School Sailing
EYC is proud to announce our high school sailing program for 2014-2015 school year. We have joined forces with Indian Creek School. High School sailing closely parallels the collegiate sailing format. Our program will focus on both fleet racing and team racing. Indian Creek School (ICS) will train at the Eastport Yacht Club (EYC) under the direction of the Junior Fleet as part of the Central League of the Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (MASSA) District.
ICS will participate in a number of regattas throughout the seasons which run from September to November and March to May. The end of each season culminates in a District Championship and in the Spring, for those teams that qualify, the National Fleet Racing Championship (Mallory Cup) and National Team Racing Championship (Baker Cup).
In addition to daily coaching at practices, EYC will rotate coaching duties with ICS for weekend regattas. Junior Varsity teams typically travel to local events lasting one day. Varsity teams attend local events and travel to venues requiring overnight stays several times a season. Organization of all local and overnight trips is the responsibility of ICS, team captains, and parents.
Dates: September 2, 2014 through October 30.
Meet Our Coaches
Samantha Parisi will lead our High School program for the 2014-2015 school year. This is Samantha’s 3rd year as the Head High School Coach for EYC. She also was a lead instructor during our summer program. Samantha grew up in Island Heights, New Jersey where she sailed at her club's junior program and her high school team.
Samantha’s coaching experience includes positions as a Instructor, Program Director, Private Coach, and the Assistant Sailing Coach for Severn School. Samantha attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland and sailed on their Varsity Sailing Team. In 2007, she graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and the St. Mary’s Sailing Team won College Nationals in Team Racing, Women's, and CoEd Dinghys. Samantha went on to graduate from the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Masters of Arts in Teaching Program in 2008 with Masters Degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. In 2011, Samantha also earned her Masters in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.
Samantha has been in Annapolis since 2008 and sails in the Etchell, J22, J24, Snipe, and Thistle fleets. For two years in a row she has been on the winning crew at Thistle Nationals. Samantha currently pursuing her PHD in early childhood education.
Nathan Hesse leads EYC as our Program Manager. Nathan graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2011. At St. Mary's he worked at the waterfront, windsurfed and taught the college's Intro to Sailing Course. Nathan was the Assistant Head of Dock at Four Winds Westward Ho in Orcas Island, WA and was a deck hand on Schooner Woodwind. Nathan holds a 50 Ton Master's License and has worked on private sailboats, new boat commissioning and deliveries.
He is currently pursuing a Masters in Latin American Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.
Juan Watson was born in South Africa and left in 1998 to join a 92ft sloop as a deckhand; this would be the start of his 14 year yachting career. Juan sailed extensively in the Med, Caribbean, Bahamas, US East coast, Great lakes and completed 3 Trans-Atlantics. Juan is excited to share and transfer through instruction what he learned in his time as a captain. He currently teaches our US Powerboating classes as well as running a yacht consulting company. He and his wife welcomed their first child last spring.