Hallie Payne, supervisor of Community Sailing and Overnight Programs at Mystic Seaport, has been honored with the Excellence in Instruction Award from US Sailing. The award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to further sailing education and public access to the water.
During her 10 years as an instructor and director, Payne has been involved with all aspects of the Museum’s Joseph Conrad Summer Sailing Camp and Community Sailing program, She has played a prominent role in the sailing education of more than 6,000 students. While her current position has significant administrative requirements, she still manages to stay extremely involved in the hands-on aspect of sailing instruction, providing guidance to both new and veteran instructors. Additionally, she consistently demonstrates strong leadership to Conrad campers and Community Sailing students.
As a former Conrad camper, Payne has been able to take her experiences and help provide the best opportunities for those in her care. Her passion and dedication, combined with her superior technical sailing skills and sense of humor, make her a wonderful teacher and mentor. Mystic Seaport congratulates Ms. Payne on this well-deserved honor!