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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Cell – (757) 409-0170

Etheridge Sailing

Meet Tom – Fall 2018 Coach

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 Jocelyn – Fall 2018 Coach

Jocelyn Rovniak is a recent graduate of the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University, majoring in Physical Education and Human Movement. She is an alumni of The ODU Varsity Sailing team as a crew, skipper and Team Captain. She has been actively teaching water sports for the past few summers and worked as the Head Sailing Instructor at Premier Sailing last year. Her love for sailing and being on the water started with bigger boats but is now with dinghies and Lasers. Jocelyn was the Head Instructor at NYCC this past summer.

In addition to completing her US Sailing Level 1 sailing qualification, she is lifeguard certified and pursuing her Master Degree in Coaching Education.


Meet Alec – Fall 2018 Laser Radial Coach

Alec Chicoine is from Westerville, OH and is currently studying at Old Dominion University. He grew up sailing in the Ohio area, out of Hoover Sailing Club. Alec has had an impressive record while sailing for Old Dominion University, whether on FJs or Lasers.  He finished in 11th place at the Navy Laser single-handed in Annapolis in his Fall season last year. Alec placed sixth overall at the Laser Elimination Race. Alec sailed in the Intrepid Trophy Race helping ODU with a sixth place overall finish. He also finished in eighth place at the Carl Van Duyne MAISA Singles this past Fall.

He is currently majoring in Electrical Engineering and is US Sailing Level 1 certified.


Meet Cole – Fall Opti Green Fleet Coach

Cole Handly is a rising senior at Kecoughtan High School.  Cole started sailing in the water behind his house when he was 10 years old. He has sailed Sunfish, FJs, Optis, c420 and keelboats. He grew up taking summer camp classes at Hampton Yacht Club and was on the c420 Race Team. Cole is still competing for his high school sailing team during the Fall and Spring, where he has taken a lead role for his team.

Cole has been touring colleges, especially ones with a sailing team, and has eyes on Clemson, College of Charleston and UNCW. Cole is US Sailing Level 1 certified and taught at HYC this past summer.