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Our Instructors

Hiring Complete for 2016 - Check back in December.

The mission of the EYC Jr. Fleet is to provide a Learn-to-Sail program that teaches the basics of boat handling, seamanship, safety, sportsmanship, and building friendships. EYC is not a racing program. EYC currently runs a 7 week summer program, fall/spring high school sailing, powerboat, and other programs. Candidates must be motivated, energetic, and enjoy working with kids and adults. Our fleet of boats includes 8 Optis, 4 Open Bics, 6 Club FJs, 4 Sunfish, 6 paddleboards and 6 kayaks. Instructors must be a minimum of 16 yrs. old, have strong dinghy sailing and powerboat experience. Prior teaching experience or working with kids a plus. All instructor candidates must have Level 1, CPR, and 1st Aid, and criminal background check by start of classes. Instructors in training must be a 15 yrs. by start of program. Pay rate commensurate with experience. Interviews will be conducted over the upcoming holidays. If interested in teaching at EYC please send a resume and 3 references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2016 Sailing Staff

Last updated 06/22/2016

sean High School Coach Sean Harr is a native Annapolitan, with a passion for sailing and a drive for success. Sean was the inaugural class president at Indian Creek 08' as well as a four year high school sailing team captain. While attending a local college he worked diligently to learn as many trades in the marine industry as possible. His drive to continue learning has led him through many doors in the marine industry including, North Sails manufacturing, Beasley Marine composites, CL Rigging, as well as maintaining a couple locally owned Racing yachts, all while continuing coaching at the High School level at the Various Annapolis clubs. Sean is in his 2nd season of coaching at Eastport Yacht Club.
 Nan1 Program Administrator Nan Walker has an extensive background in program administration. Prior to EYC she served as the club manager at SSA for 12 years.  Nan has 20+ years’ experience delivering high value services in member driven, board led sailing clubs and non-profit organizations. She is dedicated to the advancement and promotion to the sport of sailing and other water. Additional accomplishments include: Sailing Club Director, Chesapeake Boat Club – Annapolis, Md., Executive Director, US Sailing Center Martin County – Stuart, Fl. Founder/Owner/Director, Kid Ship Sailing School – Annapolis, Md.
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Powerboat Instructor

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 16 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 and is looking forward to the upcoming season on the water with EYC.

Head Day Instructor

Connor Whitney is a recent college graduate with a degree in ocean engineering from Virginia Tech. While there he studied naval ship design, ship hydrodynamics, and ocean wave mechanics. In addition to his studies, his senior ship design work has been presented to the Naval Sea Systems Command and SNAME Chesapeake section conferences. Returning for his sixth year at EYC, Connor assumed several positions for the jr program as regular instructor, program director, and head instructor. A local to Severna Park, his sailing experience began at a young age through the SSA junior sailing program and has continued every summer thereafter learning as much he can about interesting boats. Connor is very excited about making this summer at EYC junior sailing the best one yet.
 KateNoble Head Evening Instructor Kate Noble is originally from Massachusetts and spent her summers in high school and college as an instructor at a summer camp in Vermont, two of which as head of the program. After graduating from Miami University of Ohio in 2010, she moved to Austin, Texas where she began working at Austin Yacht Club. She has spent the last five years as the head coach of the Junior Sailing Program and full-time, year-round Sailing Director. Kate has a strong background in program administration as well as 12 years of experience coaching Optimist, Laser, Sunfish, JY-15 and FJ sailors at all levels from learn-to-sail to regional competition. Kate is excited to return to the east coast this summer to join the EYC team!
chase Lead Instructor Chase Wood is a sophomore engineering student at East Carolina University and is psyched to be coming back for his fourth season at EYC. Chase sailed all through high school on his school’s team, and has spent many summers in both SSA’s and AYC’s junior sailing programs. Now an active J/Boat sailor, he’s always looking to crew for local racers both in Annapolis and at college in NC. In addition to his Level 1, he is a certified lifeguard and Eagle Scout. Besides sailing J/Boats year round, Chase enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, and playing jazz piano in Greenville.

Lead Instructor

Taylor Wood is a junior at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Born and raised in Severna Park, boating was a natural fit from the start. She has been sailing for nine years including her time living on a Catamaran, as well as graduating from and being a counselor in training for the Miles River SA program. She is a member of the sailing team at UNCW, where she competes in intercollegiate regattas with other schools in the south east. Taylor has spent the past three summers as a lifeguard and is very excited to join the team at Eastport this summer to share her love of sailing with the students! This is Taylor's 2nd summer at EYC.
isaac Instructor Isaac Merritt was born in the historic district and grew up sailing in and around Annapolis. He is currently studying business administration at the Anne Arundel Community College, and preparing to transfer to a 4-year university. He was team captain of his high school sailing team for 3 consecutive years, and remains determined to learn as much as possible within the local maritime industry. He's been racing along side the folks here at EYC for 4 years now, and teaching sailing in the area for 3. In addition to sailing Isaac is an avid Outdoorsman and Musician. But more importantly he's incredibly excited for his first summer working here at Eastport!"
 Andrew Forsyth EYC photo Instructor Andrew Forsyth will graduate from Severna Park High School in May, 2016. He learned to sail on his family’s San Juan 24 and Laser, and spent many summers sailing FJs, 420s and Optis. He has experience in sailing instruction through the Magothy River Sailing Association’s Junior Training, and completed the Storm Trysail “Safety at Sea” program. Andrew is a varsity cross-country/track runner, and along with sailing he also enjoys watersports such as wakeboarding and waterskiing. He is excited for his first summer with the EYC program.

Junior Instructor

Hunter Sheely has been sailing in Annapolis since 2007. After completing all of the junior fleet course offerings at EYC, he pursued further development of his sailing skills and experience at SSA. He has also participated in the Storm Trysail "Safety at Sea" program. In addition to sailing, Hunter enjoys playing and watching basketball. Hunter will be entering his senior year at Mt. St. Joseph High School in Fall 2016. This is Hunter's fourth summer at EYC.

Junior Instructor

Heath Colley will be a Senior at Annapolis High in Fall 2016. Heath started sailing with the Annapolis Sailing School in 2012 and subsequently completed all of the junior fleet course offerings at EYC as of 2013. He enjoys sailing the Opti, BIC, and the CFJ. Along with sailing, Heath enjoys swimming and swam for Annapolis High School his freshman year. He also enjoys playing soccer and is a member of MD RUSH. Heath looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm of sailing with younger sailors. This is Heath's 2nd summer at EYC.
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Instructor In Training

Stephen Oxley is a rising freshman at Severna Park High School. He learned to sail while participating for six years in the Junior Fleet programs at EYC, with the 2016 season being his seventh. He has spent time sailing the Optis, Open Bic, and the Club FJ as well as sailing for several years in the Green Fleet Friday races. He has also completed the Storm Trysail “Safety at Sea” program. Besides sailing, Stephen plays select lacrosse, ice hockey, soccer and basketball as well as the piano. He also enjoys snow skiing, snowboarding, and hanging out with friends and the Midshipmen his family sponsor. After many years as a Junior Fleet participant, Stephen is looking forward to his first year working at EYC sharing his knowledge with the young sailors and helping the instructors!

2016 Jr. Fleet Calendar

Fri Sep 30 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
High School Sailing
Sat Oct 01 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Safe Powerboat Handling Course
Mon Oct 03 @ 4:00PM - 06:30PM
After School Sailing
Mon Nov 07 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
HS Sailing End of Season Dinner
Tue Mar 07 @ 3:30PM - 07:00PM
High School Sailing
Fri Jun 09 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Level 1 Instructor Training Course
Mon Jun 12 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Pre-Season Class (Private)
Mon Jun 19 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Instructor Training Week
Mon Jun 26 @ 8:30AM - 04:30PM
Junior Sailing Classes
Mon Jun 26 @ 5:30PM - 07:30PM