Education: Stanford University, Grand Valley State University, various courses in language instruction methods (especially for students with learning differences like dyslexia), boating and sailing instruction courses
Certifications: US Sailing Level 1-3 (Race Coach and Head Instructor/Program Manager), former K-8 teacher with 12 years classroom experience, 1st Aid/CPR/AED, SafeSport, US Safe Powerboating Instructor, Washington Boater Education Card, International Offshore Safety at Sea
About Haley: Haley King Lhamon started racing at age six with her family in Texas, and then transitioned to Optis, Lasers, and Laser IIs thanks to her club’s Jr. director. As a teen, she raced in multiple US championships and won the 1988 Sears Cup. While on the Stanford University Sailing Team, she skippered, served as women’s captain, and taught sailing, which inspired her to pursue teaching and coaching careers.
In Michigan, Haley and her college sailing sweetheart/husband Rusty coached a high school sailing team and mentored a young keelboat team of former gang members. Their Midwest highlight was the 333-mile 2002 Chicago-Mackinac Race and winning the J/35 class + division II. After returning to dinghy sailing in the PNW, Haley won the 2007 Thistle Women’s Nationals and competed on the US Snipe team in Uruguay.
To give back to local dinghy fleets and encourage gender equity in the sport, she has organized and taught many women’s dinghy sailing clinics. In 2018 her lucky stars aligned when she joined Team Sail Like a Girl as co-skipper/navigator and they won the 2018 Race to Alaska.
Haley and Rusty continue to enjoy racing and cruising with their sons, and they are active supporters of youth and women’s sailing at Port Madison YC on Bainbridge Island. Haley coaches the high school team and coordinates the sailing program for the Park District. Team building, sportsmanship, skill development, safety, and fun are guiding principles for Haley’s sailing and coaching.