Hunter Farris ’08 has joined the Corpus Christi Yacht Club as sailing director and was recently featured in an article in the Corpus Christi Caller Times at the start of the Corpus Christi Yacht Club’s Learn to Sail program.
“Corpus Christi is definitely a place you can create the best sailors in the country, just because of the weather,” says Farris, a former Hobart sailor.
In the article, he also recalls his start in sailing: “he was about 8 years old when he learned how to sail, mainly because it was cheaper for his parents to pay for sailing camps than childcare in Cleveland.”
Farris earned his B.A. in art history and architectural studies from Hobart College. He minored in studio art.
The full article follows.
Corpus Christi Caller Times
Learn to Sail program takes to the water at Corpus Christi Yacht Club
Laura Garcia • June 28, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI – New sailing director Hunter Farris earned numerous sailing honors while attending college in upstate New York.
But as he looked out Monday at a group of junior sailors, he remembered what it was like first getting on the water.
Farris, 25, helped lead a group of children in life vests into Corpus Christi Bay, some of them for the first time, as part of the Corpus Christi Yacht Club’s Learn to Sail program.
The program teaches young sailors during one- and two-week lessons, and Monday had participants learning the basics of handling sailboats.
“Corpus Christi is definitely a place you can create the best sailors in the country, just because of the weather,” Farris said.
The program runs through Aug. 19 with two-week sessions costing $350. Farris said participants should bring a life vest and lunches.
Farris said he was about 8 years old when he learned how to sail, mainly because it was cheaper for his parents to pay for sailing camps than child care in Cleveland.
This interest manifested itself, and the sailor made a name for himself at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, earning national racing accolades.
Now, Farris teaches children how to handle small bath tub-size boats and eventually learn to sail larger boats to compete in regattas and races.
Volunteer Brendon Bottom, 15, a member of the yacht club’s racing team, shares a similar story and remembers learning to sail by age 6. He said there’s nothing more fun for the children to sail with their friends and to be on the water.
“It’s been going really well today,” he said after dropping off the last beginning sailor on the dock.
One by one, each beginning participant was taught to steer a boat without a sail and then moved on to learning techniques with the wind.
Once junior sailors reach the advanced level they are allowed to try out for the yacht club’s racing team.
Farris said one it’s a misconception is that sailing is expensive.The club has boats used for regattas and picks up the cost of transporting them to races.
He said the most important thing is that the children feel comfortable sailing.
“The great thing about Corpus Christi is there’s always a really good breeze,” Farris said. “Once you sail here you can sail anywhere.”
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