Sailing Director and Staff

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Sailing Director

Hampton Yacht Club, the premier yacht club for boating in the Southern Chesapeake Bay has an immediate opening for a Sailing Director.  Sited on the Hampton Roads Harbor this area is rich in history and maritime tradition.  The site of the famous Monitor and Merrimack clash during the Civil War, the harbor is now the world’s largest natural, year-round Deepwater port, and home to the world’s largest naval base.


The club’s Junior Sailing Program has produced racing champions at different levels of sailing worldwide.  Many of these individuals have maintained their relationship with the Club since their sailing beginnings in our Junior Program.  HYC promotes all levels of sailing from Club owned fleets of Optimists, RS Fevas, 420s, and Sonars, through One Design Racing and a strong PHRF racing circuit.  Our members are also active in powerboat and sail cruising.  HYC holds numerous well run and attended regattas from small One Design classes to big boats such as Southern Bay Race Week and the prestigious Down the Bay Race.


We are looking for a well-qualified candidate to fill this year-round, full-time position, with benefits, who exhibits the following skills and abilities:

  • Experience managing sailing education programs, as well as being a proficient racing coach;
  • Ability to manage and maintain Club fleet and related sailing equipment and infrastructure;
  • Displays professional manner and enthusiasm for the private club environment, and adheres to the Club’s alcohol, drug and professional appearance policies;
  • Demonstrates success as a program leader with excellent communication skills;
  • Experience in teaching all levels of boating skills;
  • Safe Sport and US Sailing Level 1 certified, at a minimum, with AED/CPR and First Aid Certification;
  • Able to start immediately;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office computer applications and desktop publishing.


Reply to Successful applicants may be interviewed online or in person or by phone.

Etheridge Sailing

Meet Tom – Summer 2019 Head Instructor

Tom Etheridge is a Norfolk native and started his sailing career at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, where he learned how to sail and race.  After outgrowing Optis, he moved into Lasers and in 6th grade joined the Maury High School sailing team.  While studying naval architecture and marine engineering at the University of Michigan, Tom was a two-time captain of the sailing team and competed in the collegiate co-ed fleet, team race, keelboat and match race national championship regattas.  Since graduating in 2016, Tom has coached the Maury and Norfolk Academy high school teams and the NYCC Opti Race Team. Tom was our Summer Head Instructor and has coached HYC’s Fall and Winter Race programs. He is US Sailing Level 1 certified.


Meet Anna – Summer 2019 Instructor

Anna Patterson is a Hampton native who learned how to sail and race when she began sailing for Hampton High School in eighth grade. She was an active participant on HYC’s C420 race team until 2016. She is currently a junior at Christopher Newport University where she is one of the captains of the varsity sailing team. At CNU, she drives A Division for the women’s team and crews for the coed and team racing teams. Beyond college sailing, she is a crew in HYC’s 505 fleet and competed in the 2017 505 World Championships in Annapolis, Maryland, as an all female team. This summer she plans to attend the 2019 505 Canadian Nationals and 2019 505 North American Championships in Kingston, ON. She has worked as a junior and adult sailing instructor at Hampton Yacht Club since 2016 and is US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Certified.


Meet Alesha – Summer 2019 Instructor

Alesha Darling is from Chesapeake, Virginia. Alesha is a rising senior studying Psychology at Christopher Newport University where she is a member of the varsity sailing team. Alesha learned to sail Opti’s when she was eight at Hampton Yacht Club and continued sailing on keel boats and sunfish with her father till she reached college and stepped into 420’s and FJs. Alesha is excited for her second summer instructing at HYC. She is US Sailing Level 1 certified. 


Meet Cole – Summer 2019 Instructor

Cole Handly is a returning certified US Sailing Level 1 instructor who makes learning fun and exciting for his sailors.  He is a Hampton native and has been raised on the water.  Cole has grown up sailing Lasers, Sunfish, Opti’s, c420’s, and FJ’s.   Cole has been sailing on his high school team for 4 years now and is a starting skipper. Cole plans to attend Roanoke college to study business and entrepreneurship to pursue a career in creating his own company. We are excited to have Cole for another summer at HYC.


Meet Spike – Summer 2019 Instructor

Spike Douglass was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and grew up overseas in Doha, Qatar.  He learned to sail when he was in the sixth  grade. After learning to sail and race in Lasers and RS Fevas, he became a part-time instructor at his local sailing club, Regatta Sailing Academy. After working there for five years, he came to CNU and is majoring in Political Science. He is currently on the CNU Varsity Sailing team. Spike is certified under the Royal Yachting Association as a Dinghy Instructor. Spike looks forward to his first year teaching at HYC.