San Diego Sailcast Episode Recap


Episode 002 - Steve Hunt

By Jared Wohlgemuth, Casey Allocco | September 13, 2018

Professional Sailor and Point Loma High School Coach Steve Hunt joins us for the second episode of the San Diego Sailcast from the Cupola. In this week’s news, the SDYC High School Sailing Program is kicking off running September through May with five different high school teams practicing at SDYC. This past weekend, Sept. 8-9, 46 Beneteau’s raced down Coronado Roads in the Beneteau Cup. View the results here.

As Hurricane Florence hits the coast of North Carolina this weekend, we are wishing those residents and visitors a safe and harmless weekend.

Steve begins stating he has been sailing since he was eight years old with the Hampton Yacht Club Junior Program in Virginia, inspired to sail by his father and growing up on the water his whole childhood. He believes that friends made in sailing Junior Programs are friends for life.

After attending the College of Charleston, Steve began his Olympic Campaign in the 470 fleet, where he was able to travel around the world, seeing other countries and cities. After experiencing new places, Steve quickly decided to move on from Virginia, and started his move to California - thanks to SDYC members such as JJ Fetter and a job at SAIC (Science Applications International Corporations).

After his campaign, Steve took over the as head coach for the Point Loma High School Sailing Team where he has been for since 2004, helping good sailors become great, watching life-lasting friendships form, and cheering on his Alumni. Steve gives a shout out to prior high school sailor, Jack Reiter and the Reiter family with all of their success on the Georgetown University sailing team.

In 2012, Steve was named the Sail1Design Coach of the Year where he highlighted his “Family first, school second, sailing third” philosophy and other lessons he’s learned from College of Charleston. He also credits Assistant Coach Jake Reynolds who is also a SDYC Member and College of Charleston Alumni for the successful 2017-2018 season and additional coaching tactics. Steve reviews some of his successful Alumni (although too many to name) including Tyler Sinks, Caleb Paine and Briana Provancha. “The list goes on and on.”

Steve is well known for his Etchells clinics and talks about where he learned the perfect mix of coaching practices – from High School Sailing to a variety of big name professional sailors who he has encountered through the years.

Steve goes on to speak about some of his successes and life goals, including 2008 and 2011 Etchells World Championships, but most importantly his beautiful wife and 3-year-old twins. He touches on how sailors decide on what boats to sail and how parents and young sailors can determine the right path for them. The short version: “Allow your kids to do what their passionate about. If you want them to be successful, groups of like-minded people with good coaching seem to do the best at what they do.”

Circling back, Steve reflects on one of his favorite stories during his Olympic Campaign and some tips to go along with meeting the King and Queen of Spain including what not to do when meeting royalty on stage, how to accept an award properly and when to know not to drink the water.

Steve is looking forward to racing in the 2018 J/70 World Championship in September in Marblehead, Massachusetts with SDYC members Jeff Reynolds, Erik Shampain and Skipper Bruce Golison. Steve would like to continue sailing Etchells and aspires to win more World Championsips with the eventual goal of achieving Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.

To reach out to Steve or learn more about his coaching services, email stevedhunt@mac.com.

“Becoming masters of something is a time consuming process that you have to fight for and work for, for a long period of time.”