Stage Harbor Sailing School
19 Champlain Road
Chatham MA 02633



   February 1, 2017   


Greetings SHYC Members,


My name is Chris Beard and I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself to you as the new Stage Harbor Sailing School Program Director.

I am excited to join this program and I am very much looking forward to the 2017 summer at SHYC. Additionally, I want to provide you with some information about me and my background in sailing and education, as well as what drew me to apply for the Stage Harbor position this fall.

I currently live on Cape Cod year round and have been here for the past 3 years working as a history teacher at Sturgis Public Charter School in Hyannis. At Sturgis, I am also entering my third season as head coach of the high school sailing team. I grew up on Mount Desert Island, Maine where I first started sailing at Bar Harbor Yacht Club. Growing up in Maine I developed a love for the ocean and the outdoors. During high school and college I worked as a sailing instructor for 3 different programs on MDI, and always seemed to find a way to spend summers on the water sailing and teaching. It was this early experience and passion for teaching which led me to pursue a career in education. After earning my Bachelor and Master’s degree in Education at the University of Maine, in 2011, I lived in Portland, Maine before moving to Cape Cod in the spring of 2014. While in Portland, I also had the opportunity to spend two summers teaching sailing at a large community sailing program, SailMaine, on the Portland waterfront.

For the past 3 summers I have been the head instructor and program administrator at Bass River Yacht Club. I am looking forward to bringing my experiences in education and sailing to help lead a wonderful established program at SHYC in 2017.

Please be on the look out for important information about our Summer 2017 Sailing School program and registration materials.  In particular, we are continuing to find ways to develop our existing programs of instruction and racing, as well as improve our adventure sail offerings; all with an emphasis on fun, safety and community. One of the bigger challenges facing summer sailing programs is finding ways to keep kids interested and excited about sailing, especially if they are not specifically interested in racing. This is an area of instruction we are focused on improving this summer, so while we continue to provide, support and develop our racing students, we also want to encourage all students to enjoy sailing and develop a lifelong love of sailing and spending time on the water.

I will be working closely with David Leary, Sailing School President, and our Head Instructor and Race Team Coordinator, Kelsey Shakin, this winter planning our program for 2017. We hope to have our Sailing School Registration posted online soon. I look forward to working with and meeting all of you this summer.


Best Regards,

Chris Beard


Christopher A. Beard 
Stage Harbor Sailing School Program Director
[email protected]