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May 10, 2021 News: CAYSP Welcomes New Program Manager Scott Norman


We are excited to welcome Scott Norman to the CAYSP community as our new Program Manager!

Scott brings with him years of experience as a marine professional, specializing in junior sailing programs. Scott also brings with him extensive experience in program management, sales, and marketing.

Scott has prior director experience at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club and Lake Forest Sailing as well as management experience with Harken Yacht Equipment in product development and sales. Scott previously served as the Director of Intercollegiate Sailing at Eckerd College where he was also the full time varsity head coach. He also served as the founding Executive Director/Head Coach of the US Optimist National Team where he led 25 international teams for USODA.

Scott grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and currently resides in Lake Forest, Illinois with his wife Meredith and 2 children, Everett and Hunter. Some of his interests include tennis, running, skiing, time with family and an occasional boat restoration project. Scott is excited to be joining the CAYSP community!


April 5, 2021 Update: Registration is open!

Our new 2021 course line-up is online and ready for you. This year you can register and pay ONLINE! But be sure to act fast. Many of our classes fill up quickly! Parents of younger kids will be happy to see that we’ve doubled the size of our Scuppers classes and added a whole new week for that age group. We also have more options for kids who aren’t interested in racing, including a brand new all-day Land & Sea Adventure class. We encourage anyone who needs financial support to apply for scholarship funding. The application is included in the registration process. Check out classes and register now!

Part of getting ready for you includes refreshing our COVID-19 Policies. These are based on the very latest rules and guidance from the Maine Governor and the CDC. We ask all parents to review and commit to complying with them. Our ability to remain open and welcoming depends entirely upon all of us working together to protect each other and our treasured community. Thanks for your help!


February 14, 2021 Update: CAYSP has a new Interim Program Director!

We are pleased to announce Eben Kopp as the new CAYSP Interim Program Director!

Eben has a long history with CAYSP and the Rockport Boat Club both as both a student and instructor. He raced 420s at Bowdoin College and completed a transatlantic sail on SSV Corwith Cramer. His certifications include US Small Boat Instructor Level I, II, and III, and Wilderness First Aid and CPR. His non-summer career will continue at the White Mountain School where he is the Acting Director of Student Life, Assistant Dean of Students, Teaching Faculty, Dorm Head, Coach and Advisor.

Eben deeply cares about the program, our community and our students. We are so very pleased to have him at the helm of CAYSP as we transition to new leadership.


January 11, 2021 Update: JOIN OUR TEAM!

CAYSP is busy preparing for another fun-filled summer on the water, and we’re looking for some talented leaders to join us! We have several positions open this year, and encourage all qualified applicants to send a letter of interest and resume to CYC Club Manager Karin Leuthy at



CAYSP’s youth sailing program serves more than 120 young sailors age 6 and up each summer. The Program Director will organize and oversee all aspects of the summer youth sailing and racing program, including Optis, 420s, and other water-based programs. This is a full-time, seasonal, 10-week position from early June through mid-August, with part-time off-season responsibilities. Learn more HERE.



CAYSP is looking for a US Sailing Small Boat Instructors Level 2 or higher with prior teaching and racing experience to teach optimist and 420 racing. Learn more HERE.



CAYSP is looking for one or two instructors to lead fun and engaging adventure-based courses. Help design our new program from the ground up! USCG 6-pack operators license, prior experience working with young children, and other certifications required. Learn more HERE.



January 1, 2021 News



The year 2020 continues to deliver changes and challenges to Camden Yacht Club and CAYSP. It is with sadness that the board of CAYSP recently accepted the resignation of CAYSP Program Director Sue Conover. During her 11-year tenure, Sue defined much of what the program is today and leaves a long line of grateful sailors and their parents. Sue and her team grew CAYSP into a top notch sailing program and provided a generation of sailors with enriching and joyful summer memories. We were particularly impressed with Sue’s ability, under challenging pandemic conditions, to creatively adapt the program and get kids safely out on the water last summer.

In her departure letter, Sue wrote, “I so look forward to seeing those talented young sailors beating to windward, gybing at the reach mark and practicing those capsizes!” We will all miss her, and are enormously grateful for her tremendous dedication and commitment to the mission.

As CAYSP looks towards 2021, the program will continue to adapt to the ever-changing COVID environment. While we are saddened by Sue’s departure, we remain committed to ensuring a successful summer of learning on the water.  “A strong tradition of summer youth sailing training available to children through CAYSP”* is a core tenet of CYC’s mission.

The CAYSP board has begun the process of launching a search for a new program director. Recommendations for potential candidates are welcome, and should be forwarded to CYC Club Manager Karin Leuthy in the CYC office.

CAYSP Board of Directors
Joe Cloutier, Colleen Duggan, Jim Grimes, Sue Pfau, Mark Scheffer, Galen Todd, Todd Williams

*Camden Yacht Club Mission Statement

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