The American Yacht Club's sailing director Kevin Broome was recently recognized by US Sailing for "outstanding contributions to the advancement of sailor education in the United States". Broome has worked at AYC since 2010.
He was recognized with the Timothea Larr Award at the annual US Sailing Association Award event earlier this month aboard the USS Midway in San Diego. In its announcement, US Sailing said:
"Kevin Broome (Rye, N.Y.) has over two decades of experience in the sailing industry as an instructor, coach and program director. He has worked in almost every aspect of the sport, having spent time working as the Promotions and Sales Manager for Bic Sport North America, coaching for both Providence College and the Fort Adams Sailing Team, and serving as the Sailing Director for American Yacht Club in Rye, New York, a position he still holds today.
His experience also extends to almost every discipline of US Sailing, as he’s one of the most decorated individuals in their instructional system. He is an Adaptive Sailing Instructor, a Basic Keelboat Instructor, a Powerboat Instructor Trainer, a Reach Educator and an Instructor Trainer for Smallboat Levels 1, 2 and 3.
As a member of US Sailing’s National Faculty for the past 10 years, he has helped shape several of US Sailing’s instructional programs and was instrumental in the development of the Level 3 Head Instructor Program. Additionally, he was heavily involved in US Sailing’s recent changes to the Small boat Level 1 course, serving as one of the ITs for the first-ever course to include the use of Teaching and Coaching Fundamentals Online.
He has written content for numerous books and is always seeking to improve his, and US Sailing’s, programming. He is selfless, dedicated and exceptional at what he does, and the contributions he’s made have impacted programs across the country. In almost any sailing program, you can find a small boat instructor that was trained using materials that Kevin helped create."