Our Instructors

Harrison Ellis

Head Sailing Instructor

Harrison was born where the west begins; Fort Worth, TX, also known as, Cowtown. During the summer he escapes the southern sun and lives at his family home in Harwich. When the summer season ends, he heads back down south to Georgia, where he studies social strategies and management as well as business at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Harrison took his first sailing lesson at Arey’s Pond Sailing School at the age of 8 and fell in love with the sport and Pleasant Bay. Along with being a US Sailing certified instructor, and a launch driver, Harrison is a part of our administrative team, acting as the service assistant and receptionist. When not on the water or in school, he works as a model signed with the Lost & Found Management, and a freelance portrait photographer. Harrison looks forward to sharing the beauty and tranquility of sailing on Pleasant Bay with you all again this summer.

Catherine Sawyer

Sailing Instructor

From an early age Catherine has been enthralled with the ocean, only to fall further in love when she learned how to sail at 12 years old on Cape Cod Bay. Over the years she has taught sailing at Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, MA and eventually became a supervisor over the very sailing program that taught her. Intrigued by the nuances of sailing and a general curiosity for how the world works, Catherine earned her BA in Physics from Colgate University. After graduation, she continued with her love of boating and adventure by crewing on yachts in Florida and instructing private sailing lessons. In addition, she has also taught skiing at an independent resort in Vermont. Her certifications include US Sailing Counselor, Launch tenders license, CPR, and First Aid.