PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Sint Maarten Yacht Club is getting race-ready with a clinic and seminar led by champion team racer Joel Hanneman from Newport, RI. Joel founded the Rhode Island Team Racing Association and has raced on winning team racing teams representing Seawanhaka Yacht Club and other clubs.
Hanneman is an experienced sailor, having competed from a very young age. His junior career culminated at the ISAF Youth World Championships in South Africa.
After graduating from Tabor Academy in Massachusetts, Hanneman attended Tufts University, where he was a varsity sailor and captained the team his senior year. He received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2004.
Continuing to sail at the national and international level after college, Hanneman has been a competitive force with his team, the Woonsocket Rockets. In 2007, he earned first place at the U.S. Team Racing Association Mid-Summers and placed third at the U.S. Team Racing Championships.
In 2006, the Rockets earned a fourth place finish at the Hinman Trophy.
The session will cover dinghy team racing, with a focus on team racing that is common with universities sailing.
Hanneman will share his tips and tricks for team racing on Wednesday, June 15th at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
Dinghy Team Racing
Schedule of the day:
3pm to 5:30pm racing clinic (Youth Sailing School only)
6pm to 7pm seminar at the SMYC (open to all)