JUNIOR SAILING INSTRUCTORS

David Hewitt
Nickname:Dave
School: Hobart and William Smith
Year: Junior 
Major: Environmental Studies
Home Yacht Club: Pequot Yacht Club
Favorite memory of Junior Sailing: Pirate Day
Sailing Achievementsf: Racing at Hyannis C420 regatta in 35 knot winds
Boats Sailed: Optus, C420, J-109, J-42, and a J-111
Special Talents: In Hobartonez my college acapella group 
What are you looking forward to about coaching this summer: to watch my students gain confidence and skills in their 
Eoin Ryan
Favorite Animal: Rhino

School: NUI Galway- Medicine, 4th

Home Yacht Club Lough Derg Yacht Club

Favourite memory of junior sailing: When I was about 15, we went on an overnight camping trip which was great fun and a really memorable experience.

Most proud achievement in sailing: Competing in laser national competition. At the time it was very exciting to race against the best sailors in the country and even future olympians. As one of the least experienced and younger sailors there I was delighted to finish in the top 20 of the fleet.

Boats sailed: optimist, laser, 420, mirror. vision.

Special talent: Never lost a game of FIFA

This summer I'm looking forward to getting involved in a new culture and meeting new people
Lawson Mayer 
Favorite memory of junior sailing. 

My favorite memory from junior sailing is the captain islands sleepouts we did once or twice a summer. Every summer the Indian harbor program would spend a night camping out on captains island. During this time we would play games, cook s’mores, go swimming and just hang out. I met some of my closest friends during these times and had a blast overall.
 
My most proud sailing achievement would be sailing to bermuda with my classmates after we graduated. Although this was not a regatta I was extremely proud of the team becuase we were able to give some people who had never sailed before the experience of a lifetime. We went through some grueling whether but made it out on top.
 
What you are looking forward to this summer?
I am looking forward to getting to know the junior sailors. I love meeting new people and I can’t wait to work with a new group of sailors. I am excited to learn with them and most importantly have a great time. Some of my most fond memories are from junior sailing and hopefully I can make some more.
 
Stephen Judge
I am currently a finance major in University College Dublin business school in Ireland.

I am the third generation of my family to be a member of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dunlaoghaire. Like Stamford YC the Royal Irish YC is steeped in tradition, it was founded in 1831 and the Duke of Wellington was Commodore in 1833. I started sailing there at 10, and competed on the national Opti circuit for 3 years before moving into the double-handed Feva, and then the 420. 
 
My favourite memory of junior sailing was the annual dinghy trip to Dalkey Island, where we fed the seals, explored the castle and had a BBQ.
The highlight of my sailing career so far was representing Ireland at the Feva World Championships in Hailing Island, England. In the same year I came second in Ireland in the Feva class.

I have throughly enjoyed coaching junior sailing at the Royal Irish Yacht for the last three years, where the best part was helping my students improve their technical skills and performance while enjoying their time on the water and developing a lifelong love of sailing.  Throughout the winter I compete in the JP Fanagan U20’s (Leinster) rugby league and coach the U13’s rugby team in my old high school St. Michael’s College. 

This will be my first visit to the United States and I’m looking forward to getting to know your way of life, to check out NYC and to make many new friends. 
 
Caroline Booth
Favorite Memory of Junior Sailing: When I was ten in white fleet I was super excited to start racing in the summer because I had been training in Newport throughout the fall and spring. It was the day the Milford Yacht Club,my current home club, and I was nervous because my older brother had always told me that I had to win my home club regatta. The course was a triangle, one I had done many times before and those very waters, and I had on my lucky rash guard. Although the wind was shifty, t the end of the day I took home first with 5 bullets. I had the biggest smile on my face, I had never won I regatta before and the previous year I would finish in last crying. After training in snow and 30 knot winds in the fall and early spring, I was able to see my hard work pay off and I grew to love the sport. 
 
Sailing Achievement I am most proud of: In high school at Green Farms Academy, I was the only laser sailer on my sailing team, so when the pequot highschool regatta came up my coach entered me in the laser division. I did not have much experience in the laser, especially in heavy winds, and that day it was blowing 25. Not only that but I also only weighed 115 pounds, when the ideal for a laser radial is 140. Although my starts were good, I would lose the rest of the fleet by the windward mark from spilling my sail so much and I would death roll at almost every leeward mark. By the end of the summer, my coach at Cedar Point had taught me how to ease hike and trim. I am very thankful to him for teaching me how to be a competitive sailor in a fleet dominated by boys despite my light weight. 
 
What am I looking forward to most: This summer I am most look forward to Red, White and Blue day on the fourth of July. I love seeing the kids dress up, the smiles on their faces and the fun they have splitting into teams and competing for the "gold". Some favorite memories of last year were playing kickball, face-painting, cutting shapes out of old sails, doing sprit-pole races and searching for a greased watermelon. I can't wait to be part of another fun and patriotic day in the Stamford Junior Sailing program! 
 
Kirin Hutheesing 
Hi everyone! I’m Kirin Hutheesing and I will be the head instructor at SYC this summer. Over the past three summers I was a sailing instructor at Norwalk Yacht Club where I coached beginner, intermediate, and racing optimists, as well as lasers.
 
I have been sailing out of Indian Harbor Yacht Club since I was a baby, and grew up spending every summer on the water. When I turned seven I joined the Indian Harbor Junior Sailing Program where I learned to sail the optimist and developed a passion for the sport. A few years later I started racing the optimist in local JSA regattas and national USODA regattas. Once I outgrew the optimist I began racing 420s, and soon after started racing sailing lasers. Some notable national regattas I have competed in include the New England Optimist Championship in Newport, RI, the Buzzards Bay regatta in Marion, MA, the Hyannis Regatta in Hyannis, MA, and the Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami, FL. I completed my final year as a junior sailor with a 6th in the JSA 2014 Champs in the laser radial division.
 
My most memorable experience as a junior sailor was when I was nine years old on a very heavy wind day. The instructors decided it was too windy for us to sail, and instead opted to take two kids at a time out on an ideal 18. While my friend and I held on tight my instructor had us flying around the harbor at speeds I had never imagined possible for a sailboat. Once we got back to the dock all I wanted to do was get back out on the water.
 
Academically, I just completed my junior year at Florida Polytechnic University, a new state university that focuses on engineering and technology. I am studying mechanical engineering with a concentration in operations research. 
 
Outside of sailing I am a skier, 3D printer, fisherman, and I have a secret super power.