Meet the 2018 Sailing School Team

Chris Beard, Program Director

Chris grew up sailing at Bar Harbor Yacht Club and has many years of experience as a sailing instructor and sailing program administrator. He is a faculty member at Sturgis Public Charter School, where he teaches high school history and leads the sailing program as Head Coach. The Stage Harbor Sailing School is looking forward to him bringing his expertise to our program this summer.


Claire Hooper, Program Assistant

Claire is a year-round resident of Chatham. After living in New York City for many years, she returned to Chatham 8 years ago to raise her two daughters, Grace and Laura.  While in New York, Claire worked as an office manager for American Express Travel, a speech writer for the Association of Junior Leagues and a 3rd grade teacher at The Chapin School. She also has multiple years of experience as a fund raiser and event planner. Claire has worked for the Monomoy Regional School District as an accounting clerk, substitute teacher (Pre-K through Grade 12) and substitute administrative assistant. She currently is an administrative assistant in the Main Office of Monomoy Regional High School. Time off during the summer months makes it possible to continue doing what she loves best about her job at Monomoy--keeping things organized and on task for the rest of the team and being able to be of service to students and their families. 


Kelsey Shakin:  Head Instructor/Race Team Coordinator/420 Coach
(Boston, MA)
Kelsey returns to SHYC for her 8th summer on staff. She has just graduated from Roger Williams University, studying Marine Biology and Public Health.  At RWU, Kelsey was a member of one of the top nationally ranked sailing teams in the country, as the A Women's skipper. Kelsey is very excited for the upcoming season at SHYC.

Allison Krauss: Senior Instructor
(Belmont, MA)

Allison is a student at Fairfield University where she competes on the sailing team. This summer will be her 13th year sailing. Allison loves going to the beach and spending time in Chatham and cannot wait to start her 6th year as an instructor this summer.





Dawson Ritchie: Senior Instructor
(Southborough, MA)

Dawson is a student at George Washington University where he is a midfielder on the lacrosse team. He enjoys sports, fishing, and sailing and is looking forward to his 6th year as an instructor and great summer of sailing!



Cailin Gensler: Coach & Senior Instructor
(Winchester, MA)

 Cailin is returning for her 6th summer working at SHYC and cannot wait to get back on the water. She is a graduate of St. George's School in Newport, RI and a rising junior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges; she is a member of the highly competitive HWS Sailing team. Cailin loves the memories she has from the sailing school when she was a little girl; she hopes that she can help create lasting memories just like her instructors did for her.


Olivia Gonzalez: Coach & Senior Instructor
(Islamorada, FL)

Olivia is a student at the College of Charleston. Sailing is her strongest sport and her passion. She learned to sail when she was six years old at SHYC and continued year-round back home in Florida. Her favorite memories are spending her summers in Chatham and growing up sailing for SHYC. Olivia hopes to pass on her love of sailing and fun on the water this year as a Senior Instructor.

Zoe Carlson: Coach & Senior Instructor/STEM Coordinator
(Boston, MA)

Zoe is a student at Claremont McKenna College, where she plans to major in Science Management with a focus in Biotechnology. This will be her 13th year sailing and 5th year working at SHYC. She is excited to be on the water, teaching kids, and continuing to implement the updated the STEM program. When she's not sailing or teaching, Zoe enjoys playing volleyball and stand-up paddleboarding.


Emma Leary:  Instructor/STEM Coordinator
(Bethesda, MD)

Emma will be a freshman at Dartmouth College this fall and recently graduated from Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC. She has been sailing at SHYC since she was 8 years old and loves her time in Chatham. Emma plays varsity lacrosse and soccer and can't wait to return for another year of sailing!





Jack Evans:  Senior Instructor
(Charlestown, MA)

Jack Evans is a student at Elon University. He played soccer and lacrosse throughout high school and skis in the winter. 






Hammond Hearle:  Senior Instructor
(Boston, MA)

Hammond is looking forward to her 4th summer at SHYC. She attends The College of William & Mary. Besides sailing, Hammond enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse. She is excited for another fun summer in Chatham!



Catherine Shakin:  Instructor
(Boston, MA)

Cat will be entering her 4th year as an instructor at SHYC, and her 10th year as an active member of the club. After another season of racing with the Tabor Academy varsity sailing team, she is both ready and excited to begin the summer of 2019!




Alex Gonzalez: Instructor (Islamorada, FL)

Henry Hearle: Instructor
(Boston, MA)


Henry is excited to return for his 3rd summer working at SHYC. He is currently a student at Phillips Academy Andover where he plays soccer, squash, and rows. Henry is looking forward to another amazing summer at Stage Harbor!



Hayden Earl: Instructor in Training (Boston, MA)

Hayden is returning to SHYC for his 3rd summer on staff and is currently a student at St. Georges Prep School. He sails on the SG team and is a current member of the Olympic Development Program. When not sailing, Hayden likes to spend his time surfing, golfing, and hanging out with friends.






Will Lucy: Instructor 

Will Lucy is excited for his 2nd year working at SHYC. He grew up in Chester, NJ where he liked to hang out with friends and play sports. Currently, he attends St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA.


 Ryan Smith: Instructor-in-training


Drew Donahue: Instructor-in-Training

Drew attends Wellesley High School in Massachusetts. This will be Drew'ś 8th year sailing at Stage Harbor. He enjoys running cross country and track, and has also joined the Wellesley High School sailing team, where he will competitively team race 420's across Massachusetts as well as in other states. He is looking forward to another year on the advanced 420 race team.




Shep Hearle: Instructor-in-Training

Shep is excited to start his first year working at Stage Harbor as a volunteer. He will be attending Philips Academy Andover next year as a new freshmen. Along with sailing, Shep like's to play football, squash, and golf. He is looking forward to another fun summer!





Ashley Quinn: Instructor-in-Training

Ned Scudamore: Instructor-in-Training

Maggie Forger: Instructor-In-Training


Margaux Angelino: Volunteer

Caroline Friendly: Volunteer

Sarah Leary: Volunteer

Catherine Walker: Volunteer