Our Staff

We feel our instructors are some of the best:  all are US Sailing Association or Irish Sailing Association Certified.  All have gone through a similar sailing program like the one at Huguenot Yacht Club and know what it's like to be a junior sailor.  As instructors and coaches, they chose to stick around to pass on their love of sailing as a skill and a sport, and share what and how they learned in the process.  They know that learning to sail is a great way to become self-reliant, make friends, and form life-long memories – that's what they will offer you. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, our high instructor-to-student ratio ensures that you will receive the best instruction, and enjoy a sailing experience that is second to none.


Than Baker: Program Director -- __th Year

Than grew up sailing at Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club in Blue Hill, Maine. He is a graduate of Connecticut College with a BA in Government, and holds a MAT from Mercy College 

He began racing on Long Island Sound in 2004 and returns as the HYC Junior Sailing Program Director again this year.

'Regular' school/Job: Math and Science Special Education Teacher, East Bronx, New York.(16 years)

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Movie: Fletch

Biggest Boat You’ve Ever Sailed: Devocean, Swan 45.

Favorite Food: Chicken Wings

Favorite Pizza: Mushroom

One Thing you would bring on a deserted island: My Kindle and a solar charger. 

What is Your Favorite Sailing Memory: Seeing the Northern Lights.

Interesting Fact About Yourself: I have walked on Hadrian’s Wall & through Hadrian’s Gate.

What You Wanna Be When You Grow Up: I’m not sure I want to grow up.

Alexander LaVelle: Racing Coach


My regular school/Job: Coaching Green Fleet at Coral Reef Yacht Club

Favorite Color: Orange

Favorite Movie: Steve Zissou and the Life Aquatic

Biggest Boat You’ve Ever Sailed: Wild Horses, W-Class 76

Favorite Food:  Fish Tacos

Favorite Pizza:  Pepperoni

One Thing you would bring on a deserted island: Spearfishing Equipment

What Is Your Favorite Sailing Memory:  Doing 19 knots on the backside of Block Island on a J/111 or catching a giant wahoo on a delivery from Bermuda

Interesting Fact About Yourself: I don't believe that giraffes exist

What You Wanna Be When You Grow Up: Retired

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