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Sailing coach joins maritime science museum

The maritime science museum Nauticus in Norfolk, Va., hired veteran sailing coach KC Fullmer as director of its Sail Nauticus Community Sailing Center.

The program, which opened in 2013, is a non-profit organization designed to inspire and instruct Hampton Roads, Va., children through sailing and maritime science.

Sail Nauticus offers sailing camps and afterschool programs for middle-schoolers, as well as sailing classes and excursions for adults.

Fullmer was inducted into the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association Hall of Fame in 1983 and was the Old Dominion University captain in 1982 and ’83.

He coached at Northwestern University for two seasons before returning to Old Dominion to serve as head coach. Fullmer’s accomplishments include guiding Old Dominion to five national crowns as a coach, three in 1989 alone. He also coached four sailing All-Americans and the 1989 National Sailor of the Year.

Fullmer replaces Bill Bahen, Sail Nauticus’ first director. Bahen is leaving later this month to pursue other professional opportunities.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome KC to the Sail Nauticus team,” Nauticus executive director Stephen Kirkland said in a statement. “His impressive sailing experience and leadership ability will be a tremendous addition to a program that’s gotten off to a great start in its first year. KC will continue to build upon that success.”

Fullmer joins Sail Nauticus on the cusp of its first large-scale signature benefit event, “Gettin’ Frisky on the Wisky,” taking place onboard the Battleship Wisconsin at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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