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.

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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. Kyle is US Sailing Level 1 certified.


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 a rising sophomore at Boston University studying Economics and Math. He is currently sailing 420’s, FJ’s and Lasers for Boston University’s Varsity Sailing Team.


Meet Emily – Summer 2018 Opti Race Coach

From a young age Emily has been a regular member of various RYA Northern Irish and Irish squads in toppers, lasers and 420s from 2011-2017. She came 2nd lady in the British Laser 4.7 Nationals 2015 and in 2016 she won the Northern Irish Youth Championships and was Ulster champions in a c420. Emily is currently studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She has started her team racing career by getting on the Scottish National Squad in fireflies as well as sailing for her own university. They competed in the Irish Intervarsities in March 2018 and came 2nd in Gold fleet. At the end of March 2018, she is planning to go to Portmouth for the BUSA Yachting Championships with her university.

Emily has her RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification, as well as actively assisting in race coach trainings, and can’t wait for her first summer at Hampton Yacht Club.


Etheridge Sailing

Meet Tom – Summer 2018 Head Instructor and Spring 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 has also coached HYC’s Fall and Winter Race programs. He is US Sailing Level 1 certified.


Meet Anna – Summer 2018 Instructor and Spring 2018 Coach

Anna Patterson began sailing in eighth grade when her older brother started up a high school sailing team and needed the perfect crew. She then joined the HYC c420 Race Team, where she trained and traveled to regattas all over the East Coast. She continued sailing for Hampton High School and HYC’s c420 Race Team throughout high school. She is a member of Christopher Newport University’s Varsity Sailing Team, where she skippers A-Division for the women’s team and crews for the co-ed and team race teams. In her freshman year at CNU, she took top-10 finishes in more than half of the 14 regattas she competed in. Anna also crewed at the 2017 International 505 World Championship.

Anna is a rising junior at CNU and is majoring in Cellular, Molecular, and Physiological Biology with minors in Leadership Studies and Chemistry. She has been working at HYC for 3 years and is US Sailing Level 1 certified.


Meet Alesha – Summer 2018 Instructor

Alesha Darling is a local sailor from Chesapeake. Her love for sailing and the water began when she started Optis in the HYC Junior Program. Since then, she has enjoyed sailing on her dad’s boat out of HYC. Alesha recently began sailing competitively for the Christopher Newport University Varsity Sailing team where she crews for the women’s team.

Alesha is a rising junior at Christopher Newport University where she is working towards a degree in mathematics with a dance minor. Alesha is US Sailing Level 1 certified and is ready to start her first summer teaching at Hampton Yacht Club.



Meet Ellie – Summer 2018 Instructor

Ellie Maus is a 2018 graduate of Norfolk Collegiate where she has skippered for the varsity sailing team since seventh grade. During her time at Norfolk Collegiate, Ellie helped her team win two conference championships and three state championships.  She was named Conference Sailor of the Year in 2016 and 2017, as well as Virginia Female Sailor of the Year in 2017.   

Starting in Optimists at 8 years old, Ellie grew up sailing and racing in Norfolk and Hampton.  Ellie soon graduated to Laser Radials and while sailing in ODU’s Elite Laser Sailing program over the past 3 summers, she has traveled up and down the east coast competing in national and North American regattas.   Most recently, Ellie placed 14th at the Leiter Trophy in Houston, TX.

Ellie will be attending Bowdoin College next year and will be sailing as a member of the Bowdoin Varsity Sailing Team. Ellie is US Sailing Level 1 certified and looking forward to her first summer working at Hampton Yacht Club.


Meet Cole – Summer 2018 Instructor

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 looking forward to his first summer working at Hampton Yacht Club.


Meet Sarah – Summer 2018 Instructor


Sarah Wolcott comes from a family of sailors. She started sailing at a very young age out of Norfolk Yacht and Country Club on Optis and then FJs and Hampton One-Designs. She continued on to sail for Norfolk Collegiate in high school. After high school, Sarah went to College of Charleston where she majored in elementary school education and sailed for the Varsity Sailing Team. After graduating college, Sarah coached Norfolk Collegiate’s sailing team and was the Junior Sailing Manager at Sail Nauticus. During her summers, she was a sailing instructor at the Big Blue Sailing Academy.

Sarah has just now received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Old Dominion University and is teaching the second grade for Norfolk Public Schools. She still continues racing on keelboats all over the Chesapeake Bay. Sarah is US Sailing Level 1 certified.