Sailing boat

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
     
     
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    

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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.
 
     
 
Waterfront Camp
 
Miriam Loukidelis is our Waterfront Camp Staff. She is a new addition to our team this year. Miriam has a wide range of experience caring for kids: from her frequent babysitting positions, volunteering at a craft club with children to her role as a full time camp counsellor at an overnight summer camp. She has a passion for making a positive space for all kids. Miriam creates a fun environment for all to have a great time. With a variety of activities, everyone will be included.
 
Miriam is always up for a hike, paddle or a bike ride. She loves the outdoors! In her free time, she is either eating ice cream or volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade initiative.
 
She is looking forward to a great summer at RHYC.
     
Arts & Crafts Director
Finnian Guard joins RHYC junior sail program with 6 years experience at Camp Wanakita. He is taking the position of arts and crafts director this summer! Finn will be responsible for running games and ensuring that the vital experiences that we expect from every camp are shared here at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.
 
Being a camper for almost his entire life, he understands the core values and principles that camp instills in it’s participants. Finn has multiple years of experience as a counsellor in training and as full time counsellor for kids ages 6 and up. His passion and affinity for creativity will help campers express themselves, enhancing their time on and off the water.
 
His last summer was spent at Camp Wanakita as an all camp floater. Finn was responsible for day campers under age 10, intermediate campers from 12 to 14, and senior campers 14 and up. Finn also spent two weeks working with special needs campers, gaining many valuable experiences in incorporating specific needs and learning the importance of communication.
 
Aside from working in the arts and crafts building at Wanakita, Finn also spent a month working as a volunteer in the AGH youth art camps, assisting campers with their projects. He constantly creates in his own time, from music to writing and the visual arts, and personally understands the importance of self expression and what the arts have to offer. In the upcoming school year, Finnian will be attending an undergraduate degree in Architecture.