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All our sailing instructors are US Sailing Level 1, CPR, and First Aid certified. They come highly recommended with a great track record of experience for hands-on instruction.


Program Director : Drew Hopkins


Many of you already know Drew from his teaching at the Sailing School over the last few summers.  Drew started sailing when he was six years old and has grown up spending summers on MDI with his parents Chris and Anne Hopkins. 

Drew has taught youth sailing in Mercuries, Optis and 420s. He has also raced competitively in dinghies and big boats most notably crewing, along with his father Chris, for our own John Roberts in three consecutive IOD North American Championships (winning all three) as well as running foredeck on Ken Weg's Morris 42X.

Drew is currently a Sophomore at Bucknell University and is US Sailing Level 2 Certified. He has worked with our NEH sailors, and those from MDICSS, for the last three years running the 420 Program for the Great Harbor Dream.  Drew is mature, respectful and responsible and, most importantly, Drew loves teaching kids how to sail.



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