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Our Coaches

  The Royal Hamilton Junior Sailing Program brings a new energy to the yacht club each and every summer. With instructors organizing games and activities on the front lawn, lifeguards offering swimming lessons, the race coaches running warm ups, workouts and morning exercises, enthusiasm can be found all around the waterfront.

Heading into her sixth summer as a coach, Christine Hutton will be returning to the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in a new position- as the Head Coach and Program Coordinator. 
The past two years at RHYC, Christine was the Race Coach, running Spring and Fall training sessions, extending her coaching season beyond July and August and making herself present in the community. This role is not entirely new, as Christine previously worked in Little Current, on Manitoulin Island as the Head Coach, running the junior program with the help of two volunteer assistants. Over the years, she has made connections with many of the families, members and volunteers, as well as staff at the club. As a Registered Early Childhood Educator, Christine plans to use her background to help build the Junior Sail Program. Through the use of connections with our young sailors, their families, and friends, she will create an engaging and inviting learning environment.  

    Christine on the water with racer Cameron Lynn
    Our team of excellent staff grew in strength and experience when Victoria Restivo became our Head Coach and Program Coordinator in 2016. She has returned for another year as the High Performance Race Coach for 2017. Victoria is co-president of the Queen’s Varsity Sailing Team and has been racing collegiate 420 on the Queen’s Varsity Sailing Team since 2013. H
er dedication to the sport does not go unnoticed. During the season, she is sailing four on-water practices and two fitness sessions per week, with weekends competing at both Canadian and American University venues. During the off-season she still attends three fitness practices per week, on top of her daily morning gym session. She was part of the race team at Bronte Harbour Yacht Club and at Burlington Sailing and Boating Club.  At RHYC she will be training the team in daily fitness on and off the water using performance based drills.  This will come naturally for this active coach.  She will be motivating the team each day with her refreshing attitude and extensive experience on the water, not only as a coach, but as an athlete herself. To say she’s qualified is definitely an understatement!
Victoria Restivo RHYC Race Coach 2017    
The coordinated effort made between these two throughout this winter and into the early Spring will continue to bring exciting new things to the 2017 sailing season.   
    On the race course in Kingston at CORK
Brenden McVicar joins Royal Hamilton Yacht Club Junior Sail Program, bringing 5 years of high performance coaching experience. Brenden steps into the Opti Race Coach position after coaching at Etobicoke Yacht Club for the last 3 years. Brenden’s focus as a coach will be to motivate and inspire hardworking athletes, improve their sailing skills, develop their knowledge of sailing and what it takes to compete in, and win, sailing regattas held across the province. The most prestigious of sailing regattas are, CORK (Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston), and the Canadian Championships.
Before Brenden’s time at RHYC, Brenden was the Championship Fleet Opti Race Coach, Development Race Coach, and Double-Handed Race Coach at Etobicoke 
Brenden McVicar RHYC Race Coach    

Yacht Club for 3 years. In addition, he coached at Port Credit Yacht Club, as the Assistant Laser Coach, for 1 year. During these past 4 years, Brenden has led numerous athletes to podium finishes at many open and closed regattas.

Before starting his coaching career, Brenden attended Port Credit Yacht Club Junior Sail Program, progressing through and achieving his Gold level in 2012. Additionally, Brenden was also the Recipient of PCYC Weir Trophy: awarded to the junior sailor who brings the most honour to PCYC.  Brenden’s own racing career includes podium finishes at various regattas in both Lasers and 420s.
Brenden has recently completed his post-secondary education and will graduate from Brock University with an honours degree in Bachelor of Sport Management in June of 2017.