Meet Our 2016 Sailing Instructors!
Arn came from a family of non-sailors, but during his twenty-three years of service in the US Marines, he sailed the world over. Fifty-foot fishing sloops in Viet Nam, Larks and Tomtits in Pakistan and assorted boats at US Naval facilities: Widgens, El Toros, Cal 20’s, Rhodes 19’s, etc. Following retirement in 1988, he followed the advice of a friend “If you can make what you love to do your job. . . you never have to go to work!” That philosophy brought him to be the head sailing instructor at Sail To Prevail from 1993-1995.
Arn has also worked as the director for the youth sailing program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Southern Cross Adaptive Maritime Program, for sailors with special needs. He was awarded US Sailing Community Sailing Director of the Year in 1994 for Outreach and Inclusion.
Arn brings his years of devotion and experience back to Sail To Prevail Newport. His philosophy is that instructors bring sailing to the clients, therefore he makes sure instructors are capable of teaching participants how to sail, and not just to take them for a ride! Each sailor that comes down to the Sail To Prevail-Newport docks is prepared from day one to begin the journey that, we hope, will match their most ardent and personally satisfying desires. Sailing provides each member an opportunity to find their niche, develop self-confidence, knowledge of how things work, and how interdependent they can be. They begin to establish social networks, thus broadening their appreciation for what they can do, by observing the abilities and interests of others. Lastly, they demonstrate to their family, friends and significant others that they are capable of living in a world of endless opportunity.
Our Sailing Instructors. . .
Kali Cika - Head Sailing Instructor
Growing up in a small shoreline town in Connecticut, sailing has been an integral part of my life since I can remember. Nothing trumps the feeling of independence and excitement the first time you take over the tiller. At age 16, I began teaching youth sailing; but once I started my studies at UConn, I took a job as a paraprofessional working with AAC devices and assisting in therapy appointments. Sail To Prevail has allowed me to combine my passion for sailing with the adaptive skills I learned while working as an aide. I am graduating this year with B.A. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and a minor in ASL and Deaf Studies. I am honored to return to Sail To Prevail for the third summer and share the sport I love with people who are constantly defying limits that society gives them.
My name is Abbey Barnes, and I am a proud Michigander! I grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan called Charlevoix, and recently graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Recreational Therapy. I have been incredibly lucky to be surrounded by beautiful water my entire life. I have spent many hours on and off the water instructing, coaching, competing, and establishing the sailing team at my college. The Recreational Therapy program has taught me to become an advocate for people with disabilities & to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to live a full life. I am passionate about providing that pathway so everyone can enjoy a therapeutic activity like sailing and give our participants a reason to smile! This is my second summer at Sail To Prevail, and I cannot wait to see what this year will bring.
Hello my name is Fraser Mackechnie. I grew up sailing in Newport, doing youth programs at both Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport, and have been sailing since before I can remember. As I grew up, I got much more into racing, gathering experience competing in 420s, FJs, Shields, J111s and Swan 42s. I was hooked and loved racing on both big and small boats. I graduated Middletown High School as captain of our sailing team and am now a freshmen at University of Rhode Island, and have moved up to sailing with them. Sailing is great fun, and I hope to open this world to as many people as I can.
Growing up in the Midwest doesn’t give you many opportunities to sail. Fortunately, I was able to spend my school breaks sailing with my friends on Lake Carlyle in Illinois. During my time as an undergrad, I served as first mate during a faculty-lead tour of the Greek Islands on a Bavaria 48 Cruiser while attending my alma mater – the University of South Dakota. It was during the summer of 2015, I signed on as a camp counselor at Camp High Hopes in Sioux City Iowa. There I learned invaluable skills while worked with a wide range of kids and adults with disabilities. My mission has always been to improve quality of life. By learning new skills, like sailing, one can realize that nothing is out of reach. With a mindset like that, our sailors will be ready to tackle any new challenges, wherever the winds may take them.
I spent most of my summer days as a child sailing on Spring Lake in Michigan. I cannot imagine spending my childhood any other way. Once I was old enough, I began sharing my love for the sport by teaching the sport to all ages. I then continued being a competitive sailor on the Marquette University’s Club Sailing Team in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I will be graduating from Marquette in May 2015 with my bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. I am spending my last semester of senior year as an intern at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Adaptive Sports and Fitness Center. My experience at RIC has helped to clarify that my goal in life is to inspire people of all abilities to live an active lifestyle. I could not be more excited to combine my passion for helping people remain active and my love for the water together at Sail To Prevail. It truly is a dream come true.
Hello my name is Kate Reid and I'm from Northern Virginia. I currently go to the University of Vermont, and I'm studying to be an environmental studies major. I grew up sailing through the camp programs at Sail Newport during my summers as a kid. I have volunteered as a sailing assistant at Sail Newport, and for the past two summers, I have volunteered at Sail To Prevail and loved it. I've also worked as a camp counselor at a summer camp in Wisconsin, teaching sailing to kids. I'm super excited to be working at Sail To Prevail this summer, and I hope to share my love for sailing with as many people as I can!