Sailing Director and Staff


Meet Arielle – Sailing Director

A native to the Hampton Roads area, Arielle Darrow brings 11 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 and ISAF Class 3 sailor.

Contact Information:
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Meet Kyle – Summer 2018 c420 Race Coach

Kyle Dochoda began sailing the Optimist at the age of eight out of Houston, Texas. After qualifying for multiple international events, he moved on to the club 420 and Laser. As a crew he won Baker Team Race Nationals and was 4th at I420 North Americans sailing with his brother. The same year he won the High School Keelboat Challenge trimming main and spinnaker. Starting his Junior year, Kyle began skippering full-time and in his first major event as a skipper, C420 Nationals, he finished 6th. The following summer he placed 2nd at the same regatta. Today, Kyle is a rising sophomore at Boston University studying Mechanical Engineering and is a part of the Varsity Sailing Team.

Meet Javier – Summer 2018 Opti Race Coach

Javier De Urdanibia is a sailor from Barcelona, Spain who started sailing at the age of seven and he has been competing at the highest level since then. He first started sailing in the Optimist; he won multiple national titles and was the nation’s team racing champion at the age of twelve. After competing in the Opti’s he moved on to the Laser 4.7. During his first year of competing in this fleet, he won the Catalonian and Spanish Nationals and then qualified to Worlds. Javier also got some remarkable results in the Europeans, finishing 4th under the age of seventeen and 13th overall. Javier then moved into the Laser Radial and won the Catalonian Nationals, both overall and under the age of seventeen and then the Spanish Nationals under the age of seventeen. This allowed him to qualify for the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Ireland, where he finished second under the age of seventeen an 26th overall. During this time, he has coaches Opti and Laser Race Teams in his hometown of Spain.

Javier is currently a freshman at Boston University studying Economics and Math. He is currently sailing 420’s, FjJ’s and Lasers for Boston University’s Varsity Sailing Team.