Lewes Yacht Club Sailing

The Lewes Yacht Club sailing staff  has excellent and varied credentials ensuring a uniquely valuable experience for every Junior Sailor. LYC Sailing is committed to ensuring that young people learn how to sail from certified instructors in a safe and fun environment.


LYC Sailing is focused on actively providing access to sailing opportunities for youth. Young sailors in search of skill development, quality coaching instruction, great competition, and a fun time on and off the water, will find a special experience at the LYC Sailing camps and youth racing events.


Announcing soon the 2017 Instructors and Race Team Coaches


Sailing Staff


Kristin Schaen - Instructor

I have been working at LYC for five years and have been sailing for eight.  I am a level one certified instructor as well as being certified in first aid and CPR.  I graduated from Kennett High School and am currently studying economics at Lafayette College.  I am from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, but live in Lewes, Delaware every summer.


This summer I hope that we have a lot of fun teaching the kids out on the water.

Will Hearn-


Will is a local sailor, raised on Lewes Beach, and began summer sailing (almost daily) since age 5 on a Sunfish. He began training with his older brother at LYC in 2006. He is an avid sailor, now in competitive sailing during three seasons of the year.


He volunteered at LYC through the summer of 2015 as a Junior Sailing Instructor. Will has certifications with Boat US

safety and the US Sailing Association.


He attends Sussex Technical H/S.  He does community service with St. Edmund's Youth Group and the American Professional Mariners Association. He is an avid runner and competes Cross  Country at STHS.


Coming from a large family, Will enjoys and works well with

young children.


Spencer Copeland - Instructor

Spencer returns for his second year as an instructor at LYC.  He has been sailing at LYC since he was 7 years old.  He spent 2 years on the LYC Race Team and 3 years as a junior instructor prior to moving into his instructor position.  Spencer is a US Sailing Level 1 Certified Instructor.


He's looking forward to seeing last years campers and welcoming new faces this summer.

Andrew Malinowski-


I have been working at the Lewes Yacht Club for four years as a junior instructor. Last year I was also a part of the race team. Sailing has been a part of my life for 8 years at the Lewes Yacht Club. I have a Level 1 Instructor Certification from US Sailing.


I hope to show people the fun and exciting world of sailing that the Lewes Yacht Club can show them.


Dan Hauschild -


Dan has been sailing since he was 5 years old, and started sailing at LYC when he was 8. He spent 2 years on the LYC Race Team and 2 years as a junior instructor. Dan is a US Sailing Level 1 certified instructor, and completed his first year as an LYC instructor last summer.


Dan will be entering his senior year at Glen Ridge High School in NJ. He aspires to race in college, and is looking to attend a maritime academy.


Dan’s goal is to share his passion for sailing, and to see the club continue to grow.

Rachel McGowan-

Waterfront Coordinator

I am a middle school teacher in Philadelphia, and this will be my second summer working at the Lewes Yacht Club Sailing Camp.


In the role of Waterfront Coordinator, I ensure that the children are safe when they are on shore, coordinate activities for inclement weather, communicate with the staff on the water, as well as provide information for members who stop in or call to inquire about the LYC youth sailing program.


Additionally, I teach stand up paddle board lessons to children and adults, and rent beach umbrellas, chairs, paddle boards and sailboats.  I enjoy the opportunity to assist LYC members of all ages in their experience of both water sports and beach relaxation, and am looking forward to another summer on the bay at Lewes Yacht Club!


Brad White - Instructor

Brad has been sailing at LYC since he was 8 years old, in that time he has spent 4 years on the race team, in addition to junior instructing for 7 years. Brad is level 1 certified.


Brad is going to be a senior at Worcester Preparatory school in Berlin, MD, and he hopes to go to college for sailing.


Jonah Mitchell - Moore-

Beach Staff/Jr. Instructor

Lewes Delaware native, sailor of the local waters since nine years old. I was honored with a scholarship, and completed the Jr. Sailing Program after fifth grade.


At  14 years of age I completed the course aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and am currently a volunteer when the ship is in Lewes. Throughout my sailing experience I've always found myself teaching people around me how to sail. I'm looking forward to a possible career in sailing safety and instruction.

Just Go Sailing!