Program Director I have such fond childhood memories learning how to sail at HPYC and am so excited to return as the Program Director. I am a teacher by trade and have raised 5 children who love sailing. For the past 10 years, I have been at Tabor Academy, where I was selected to revamp their summer sailing program. I am committed to making our program one that is engaging and fun for the whole HP community. I look forward to meeting the people I don’t know and reconnecting with old friends!
Racing Coach / Assistant Director I learned to sail from a young age on Optis, Mirror Dinghies, and the family Knockabout, captained the Falmouth sailing team and skippered for the UMass Amherst team (both in 420s). I also taught sailing at the Woods Hole Yacht Club, Tabor Academy, and occasionally give private lessons. I crewed on the SSV Corwith Cramer and the Liberte, and am pursuing a master's license. I'm very excited to be sailing and racing again on the Cape this summer!
Sailing Instructor Ahoy! At age 8, I started sailing with my dad in Wianno Seniors and eventually joined the HPYC 420 race team. I Sunfish race almost every weekend at HPYC and have participated in various races such as the 420 Hyannis Invitational and the WLYC Sunfish Regatta. I am a rising senior at Hingham High School, where I row varsity crew and run varsity track. I had a ton of good laughs teaching sailing last summer and am excited to make 2021 a summer to remember!
Sailing Instructor Hello everyone, my name is Justin Higgins and I am a current freshman majoring in physics at Virginia Tech. I started sailing my freshman year of high school, and have enjoyed every second I have had on the water since. I have had a lot of experience sailing 420’s through my time in varsity sailing at Sandwich High School, as well as in college. I can’t wait to meet everyone this upcoming summer and I am even more excited to get on the water with you all!
Sailing Instructor My name is Tiernan O'Kane and I've been sailing since the age of 8. I started out sailing Sunfish at the sandwich rec program. In 8th grade, I joined the high school sailing team at Sandwich where I first learned how to sail a 420. I am currently sailing at Sturgis West. My love of sailing comes from that moment when the boat is headed perfectly, and you feel on top of the world. I am working toward getting my level 1 certification which should be complete by this summer.
Junior Instructor Hi! My name is Halle Dempsey and I am excited to be a Junior Instructor at HPYC this summer. I am 15 years old and will be a sophomore at Needham High School in the fall. I joined the HPYC sailing program at 7 and have loved to sail ever since. I have been lucky to sail in all different kinds of boats and am currently racing with the Needham High Sailing Team. When not on the water, I also enjoy skiing and playing tennis and golf. Looking forward to a wonderful summer!!
Junior Instructor Hi, my name is Abbie Catalano and I will be a Junior Instructor at HPYC this summer! This fall, I will be a sophomore at Cape Cod Academy. I grew up sailing at Wianno Yacht Club, and have enjoyed sailing and racing many different boats. This summer, I will continue to sail and race 420s myself. I am also a competitive dancer, and have been for almost 12 years. I look forward to helping each sailor improve and develop their skill sets, while having a great time on the water!