The youngest of six kids, Haley was born in Dallas, Texas, and spent most of her childhood growing up on a lake near Ft. Worth where she learned to sail and water ski. Her boat club’s Jr. sailing coach encouraged her to start racing at age 8, and by middle school she was competing at the national level-- competing in three double handed youth championships and winning the triple handed Sears Cup in 1988. She met her husband Rusty on the Stanford University sailing team, and they’ve since enjoyed racing and cruising as a family with their sons Taylor and Barrett.
After living in Michigan, Germany, and Seattle where Haley was an elementary and learning support teacher, she and her family happily settled on Bainbridge Island (where Rusty grew up). Haley is currently the commodore of Pt. Madison Yacht Club, the Sailing Coordinator at Bainbridge Is. Parks & Rec, and an assistant coach for the Bainbridge Is. High School Sailing Team. She is also on the youth committee and board of The Sailing Foundation and a new member of the Cruising Club of America. Haley has a passion for supporting and encouraging both women's and youth sailing that will surely continue to guide her volunteering and professional goals.
Why is Haley doing R2AK? She can't resist the opportunity of a new adventure and spending time with a boatload of amazing female teammates! She's also bungee jumped in New Zealand, driven a van from Belgium to Greece and back for an archaeological dig during college, co-skippered a J/35 Grace E on a nonstop screaming broad reach to win Division II and J/35 fleet in the 2002 Chicago-Mac Race, skippered a Snipe on the US team in the Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship in Uruguay in way too much wind against Olympians, and repeatedly said yes to too many commitments because she doesn't want to miss out on anything! None of these awesome experiences would be possible without the logistical and emotional support of her loving family-- thank you Rusty, mom, dad (now passed away), Taylor, Barrett, Tad, and Joyce. They gave thumbs up on R2AK and said, "Go for it!"