Sailing Director and Staff


Meet Arielle – Sailing Director

A native to the Hampton Roads area, Arielle Darrow brings more than 10 years of sailing experience to Hampton Yacht Club. Arielle earned her degree in Biology and Secondary Education at Old Dominion University on a full academic scholarship. After graduating college, she taught biology and math in Virginia and Florida. During the spring and summer seasons, she managed and instructed sailing programs on the East Coast, including Bayport Scout Reservation, Yale Corinthian Yacht Club and Sail Nauticus. She was an active member of Old Dominion University’s Varsity sailing team and currently races many types of boats, from small dinghies to high performance catamarans. She has many top 10 finishes in the F18 and F16. Arielle and her team, Team Trouble, won the 2016 US Sailing Team Racing Championship (Hinman Trophy). She is currently running a F18 and Nacra 17 campaign. Arielle is also US Sailing Coaching Level 3 certified, US Sailing Keelboat Instructor certified and ISAF Class 3 sailor.

Contact Information:
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Cell – (757) 409-0170

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.