Our Staff

Your instructors are some of the best. All US Sailing certified, many have gone through the very same program as students at HYC. That they have returned to pass-on what they have learned as teachers shows their continued love of sailing as a skill, a pursuit, a craft, a sport. They know that learning to sail is a great way to become self-reliant, make friends and form life-long memories and that's what they will share with you. Whether you are a beginner sailor or more advanced on the water, our low instructor-to-student ratio ensures that you will receive the best instruction and enjoy a sailing experience that is second to none.


Nathaniel ("Than") Baker: Program Director -- 2nd 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 to HYC Junior Sailing program after serving as Head Instructor last year.

'Regular' school/Job: Math and Science Special Education Teacher, East Bronx, New York.(14 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.

Alexa Diiorio: Instructor – 3rd year

School/Job:  Junior at Northeastern University (Boston)

Favorite Color:  Lime green

Favorite Movie:  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Biggest Boat You’ve Ever Sailed:   Soulmates, Goetz 40'

Favorite Food:  Does coffee count?

Favorite Pizza:  Baked ziti pizza

One Thing you would bring on a deserted island:   My laser!

What Is Your Favorite Sailing Memory:  Seeing a pod of Dolphins riding alongside our boat at 3AM during my first Vineyard Race!

Interesting Fact About Yourself:  I have a pet hedgehog and I play the ukulele!

What You Wanna Be When You Grow Up:   A veterinarian

 

Alex 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

Lauren Giantelli: Head Instructor – 5th year

School/Job:  Senior at SUNY Geneseo 

Favorite Color:  light blue 

Favorite Movie:  Cast Away

Biggest Boat You’ve Ever Sailed:  Opti :)

Favorite Food:  sushi

Favorite Pizza:  Buffalo Chicken 

One Thing you would bring on a deserted island:  Leatherman Multi-tool 

Interesting Fact About Yourself:  master equestrian on College team 

What You Wanna Be When You Grow Up:  a Lawyer 

What Is Your Favorite Sailing Memory:   the Beach Point overnight race 

Katharine Poole: Instructor

School/Job: Attending Tulane University in New Orleans, LA

Favorite Color: pink 

Favorite Movie: Finding Nemo

Biggest Boat You’ve Ever Sailed:  Fault Tolerant, Gunboat 60'

Favorite Food:  Bacon Cheeseburger

Favorite Pizza:  Buffalo Chicken 

One Thing you would bring on a deserted island:  A mirror as a tool to use to reflect light to help people find me!

Interesting Fact About Yourself: I do origami & have a vinyl record collection 

What Is Your Favorite Sailing Memory:  praddle races & my school sailing team placing 1st at the Intercollegiate offshore regatta (2016) 

Hannah Furrelle: Junior Instructor

School/Job:  Freshman in Sept at RPI -- Rensselaer Polytech Instit 

Favorite Color:  Black, bright blue, light pink (can't choose just one!) 

Favorite Movie:  Moonrise Kingdom

Biggest Boat You’ve Ever Sailed:  "Wild Child" Hunter 45'  

Favorite Food:  can't choose just one but love pasta 

Favorite Pizza:  Chicken 

One Thing you would bring on a deserted island:  Sunscreen!!! 

Interesting Fact About Yourself: I do origami & have a vinyl record collection 

What You Wanna Be When You Grow Up:  a science researcher  

What Is Your Favorite Sailing Memory:  sailing to Martha's Vineyard for 2 weeks with my family