OUR TEAM

Coach Jim Hoar, Program Director (jimhoar@sailcapecod.org)

35 Years Experience as Program Director

Coach Hoar began his sailing at Wessagusset YC in Weymouth at the age of 7 sailing Turnabouts, Hustlers, Snipes, 210’s and the Olympic class Tornado’s. He also sailed in the Pre-Olympic trials on Lake Ontario. Coach Hoar started the Yarmouth Sailing Program in 1982 with the assistance of the recreation department, and remained its Program Director through 2015.

Coach is a Quincy native who graduated from Bridgton Academy and Bridgewater State College with a degree in Special Education. He received a Master’s Degree in School Administration – and has 30 additional credits. Coach began his teaching career in Abington and moved to the Dennis Yarmouth school system in 1980, teaching special needs in math, study skills and history. In 2016, he joined the Sail Cape Cod team, as he saw the chance to help develop the adaptive program, as well as the youth sailing program.

Coach Hoar is currently the President of the Mass State Track Coaches Association; has been coaching Cross Country &Track for 47 years, still coaching at Dennis-Yarmouth High School. He was elected into the MSTCA Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994.

Ed Martin, Assistant Program Director

28 Years Experience as Assistant Program Director

Ed, with Coach Hoar, was with the Yarmouth Sailing Program for 27 years prior to joining Sail Cape Cod. Ed is an Arlington native who summered in Yarmouth his entire life. He graduated from Springfield College with a B.S. degree in education, and has a Master’s Degree From Cambridge College in School Administration. He is a retired teacher from the Cambridge Schools system for 35 years. He has been married to Mary Lou for 44 years and has 3 grown children – Katelyn, Courtney and Ryan– and 5 grandchildren.

Kerry Walsh, Program Coordinator   (coordinator@sailcapecod.org)

12 years Experience as an Instructor – US Sailing Level 1 Certified Instructor – US Sailing Adaptive Sailing Instructor – Boating Safety Certificate – CPR & First Aid certified- Safe Sport Trained

Kerry began sailing with Coach Hoar and Mr. Martin at the age of 3 years old. When she was 14, she began instructing sailing. She graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School in 2012 and went to the University of Rhode Island to earn her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and minor in human development and family studies. She completed her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at the State University of New York at New Paltz in May 2018. In the summer of 2018, she became the Program Coordinator for Sail Cape Cod. She looks forward to spending another summer on the water with her sailing family and spreading the love of sailing to others!

Patrick Stevenson, Sailing Instructor – Adaptive Program

Certified Professional Ski Instructor of America- Adaptive – Boating Safety Certificate – US Sailing Level 1 Certified Instructor – CPR & First Aid Certified

Patrick grew up spending every summer on the Cape, and can’t imagine life without the ocean. From fishing to sailing with friends, he did everything he could to spend as much time as possible in the cool sea breeze. When he started high school, he had the opportunity to start sailing competitively. In the winter, he explores another passion of his –adaptive skiing. He began skiing when he was 4, and over the past several years has joined an adaptive skiing program called New England Disabled Sports (NEDS). He considers himself very fortunate for the opportunity to work with the incredible individuals who, despite their physical or cognitive challenges, still get out on the slopes skiing. NEDS has shown him how much outdoor recreation can impact people’s lives. He is a strong believer in the power of being outside and staying active. He looks forward to being able to combine his passion for the water with his passion for adaptive sports! He graduated from Noble and Greenough in 2018 and is currently attending Middlebury College.

Lily Morrice, Sailing Instructor 

2 Years Experience as an Instructor- US Sailing Level 1 Certified Instructor- Boating Safety Certificate – CPR & First Aid certified

Lily began sailing when she was 5 years old and has enjoyed coming back every summer since. She became a junior instructor at the age of 13. She currently attends St. John Paul II High School in Hyannis, MA. She plays for her school’s soccer team and enjoys playing tennis and golf in her free time. She loves sailing and teaching every summer is something she looks forward to year-round.

Daniel “DJ” Faivre, Sailing Instructor

5 Years Experience as an Instructor – US Sailing Level 1 Certified Instructor – US Sailing Level 2 Certified Instructor – NASBLA USCG Recognized Safe Boating Certification – CPR & First Aid Certified- Safe Sport Trained

DJ has been sailing since the age of 6. He started learning to sail on sunfish, then moved on to gain experience in sailing Optimists, Lasers, Cape Cod Knockabout’s and then 420’s and bigger sailing yachts. He has competed in Sailing Regatta’s all over Cape Cod and the Islands and was a member of the Race Team at Bass River Yacht Club. He teaches both children and adults to sail and serves as a coach of the Special Olympics team here at Sail Cape Cod. He is a senior at South Shore Charter Public School, where he is the cross country team captain and the track team captain. When not on the water, he is usually preparing for his next race on land!

Jana Gailiunas, Adult Sailing Instructor

17 Years of Sailing Experience -US Sailing Certified Instructor -Boat Safety Certification -CPR and First Aid Certified -Sailing Coach at Saint John Paul High School -Collegiate Sailor at the University of Vermont

Sailing has been a huge part of Jana’s upbringing on Cape Cod. At age 8, she began racing optimists and has been racing ever since. She raced 420’s in high school and during the summer. She continued as a collegiate sailor at the University of Vermont graduating in 2016 with a B.S. in Business Administration. She continued into UVM’s MBA program, and graduated with a Masters of Business Administration in 2017. Since then, she has moved back to Cape Cod and currently runs a small business with her sister. Whenever she gets the chance to sail, she takes it. She always looks forward to sailing with everyone in the summer!

Danni Hayes, Sailing Instructor

5 Years Experience as an Instructor – Boating Safety Certificate – CPR & First Aid certified

I started sailing 13 years ago, when I was 10 years old. I started working as an instructor when I was in high school and continued into college. After taking a break for a couple of years to take summer classes, I’m back and couldn’t be happier. I’m originally from Southborough, MA, and I currently attend Ithaca College in upstate New York. This summer, I’m working at CCOPT for my last clinical affiliation and in August, I will officially earn my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I love being on the water, so this is the best job possible. Besides being on the water, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going running, and being outside. I’m looking forward to another awesome summer!

Fionna Hyotte, Sailing Instructor

Boating Safety Certificate – Adult and Pediatric CPR and First Aid

A New Hampshire native, Fiona summers each year on Cape Cod. She has been sailing with Coach Hoar and Mr.Martin since she was 7 years old. Landlocked during the winter, she particularly enjoys working in the adaptive program with individuals with cognitive and/or physical adaptation needs. Fiona believes it is a privilege to sail with those who work to develop their strengths in the face of various adversities. Fiona is going into her senior year at Campbell High School and is a member of the Student Council. When not on the water, Fiona can be found on the golf course or at the beach with a camera in hand.

Aidan Hyotte, Sailing Instructor

Boating Safety Certificate – Adult and Pediatric CPR and First Aid

Aidan has been sailing on Lewis Bay since age 7. Sailing on a variety of boats, he has learned sailing techniques and safety practices from Coach Hoar and Mr. Martin. Aidan loves being on the water and always looks forward to spending the summer with a rope in hand. He is going into his senior year at Campbell High School. He also enjoys golfing and hiking in the woods of New Hampshire.

Kelsey Lotti, Sailing Instructor

14 years experience as a sailing instructor – US Sailing level I certified instructor – US Sailing adaptive sailing certified instructor – Boating safety certificate – Safe Sport trained

Kelsey has been an instructor at SCC for 5 years. She found her love for the sport of sailing at a very young age when I began with Coach Hoar in Lewis Bay at the age of 4 and became an instructor at age 14. She has experience teaching many ages and levels of sailing; instructional, racing, and adaptive to name a few. She graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in 2011 and then attended Norwich University in VT, where she received her B.S. in Health Sciences in 2015. She then continued on the path of education; graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 2018 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is now a full time employee at Broad Reach Rehab at Liberty Commons in Chatham as an inpatient PT. She looks forward to sharing her passion for sailing on the water with others in the summer!

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