Brendan Program Staff

Charlie Arms Executive Director of the Brendan Sailing Program

Charlie Arms

Executive Director/Lead Instructor

Charlie Arms joined Brendan Sailing in January 2017 to help update the curriculum.  She is a US Sailing Small Boat Sailing Instructor Trainer and has served on the National Faculty for Small Boat, Keelboat and Powerboat.  She started teaching sailing just after learning to sail as part of the Navy Sailing Program in San Diego at the age of 10 years old.  While getting a degree in Recreation from Cal State Long Beach, she was the Director of the Leeway Sailing Center.  In 1999 she joined the faculty of the California Maritime Academy as the Director of Sailing.  In addition to coaching the collegiate sailing team and overseeing the recreational sailing program, she received her Master's Degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism from San Francisco State University.  Charlie retired from the California State University after 16 years and moved to Annapolis.  When not teaching sailing and running educational programs, Charlie is an International Umpire and served on the 2013 America's Cup Umpire team.  She also enjoys racing having actively raced on the Women's Match Racing circuit and sailing with the St. Francis Yacht Club Grand Master Team Racing Team.  She serves on the US Sailing Umpire Committee and is the Chair of the Education Division and recently joined US Sailing's Board of Directors.


Evan McCarthy

Head Sailing Instructor

Evan McCarthy has been involved with Brendan Sailing for 9 years, serving now as Head Instructor and returning for his 3rd year on staff. Starting as a camper, he quickly fell in love with being on the water and participating in Brendan Sailing. In 2017, he started his first summer as an official instructor. He earned his US Sailing Small Boat Instructor certification right here in Annapolis and has now obtained his Level 2 sailing Instructor certification for the upcoming sailing season. Evan has sailed 5 seasons for Broadneck High School’s Varsity and JV sailing team based out of Severn Sailing Association. Through Brendan, Evan has received the "No Guts No Glory" Award for outstanding achievement and leadership at the Annapolis Day Program in 2013. Evan is excited to have the opportunity to work for Brendan and those who bound him with a love for sailing. From a shy first year day camper, to a full instructor, Evan is ready to share his love for the sport with today's campers.


Madeline Wallace

Assistant Sailing Instructor

Madeline is happy to be a part of the Brendan sailing team! Growing up in a military family, she moved around quite a bit, finding home in Newport, RI, San Diego, CA, and Norfolk, VA. More recently, she’s relocated to Annapolis, MD. Over the years, Madeline has had a variety of sailing experience, but got serious when she started racing for Archbishop Spalding High School. Based out of Severn Sailing Association, she raced for a total of five seasons. She currently attends Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, majoring in Biology, and minoring in Creative Writing, with a plan to focus on midwifery.


Will Avis

Sailing Instructor

Will is new to Brendan Sailing but has been sailing vessels in all shapes and sizes since he was little. He has 10 years of dinghy racing experience and has loved sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic.  Will is also involved in many efforts to save the Bay and the environment in an attempt to preserve the waters that so many of us have come to know as a second home. He attends the University of Maryland in College Park studying Engineering with a minor in Sustainability.



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