Gary Bodie has coached intercollegiate sailing since 1978, working at Old Dominion University, the US Naval Academy, and Hampton University (the first minority sailing program in the US). His teams have won an unprecedented fifteen College National Championships, including four Dinghy Championships. Individual sailors coached by Bodie have earned 30 first team All-American honors, 26 All-American crew, 11 All-American women, plus 11 Honorable Mentions. The most important individual award, College Sailor of the Year (equivalent to the Heisman Trophy in college football), has been awarded four times to sailors in Bodie’s programs.
Prior to the 1996 Olympics, Bodie worked as a private coach with Olympic aspirants in Laser’s, Europe’s, 470’s, and Finns. In 1998, Gary was named Head Olympic Coach and High Performance Director for the U.S. Sailing Team, and he worked specifically with Laser and Soling sailors leading up to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Under Gary’s leadership, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team won four medals in Sydney: Gold in the Star class, Silver in the Men’s and Women’s 470, and Bronze in the 49er class. In 2004, sailors won Gold in the Men’s 470 class and Silver in the Tornado. At Beijing 2008 the US Sailing Team won Gold in the Women’s Singlehanded and Silver in Men’s Singlehanded.
Bodie has also served as U.S. Team Leader/Coach for the ISAF Youth World Championships, the ISAF Team Race World Championship, World University Games, and the Pan Am Games. Gary served several years as chairman of the US SAILING Team Racing Committee, and has been a member of the Youth and the Inshore committees. He was a long time member of the Board of Directors for High School Sailing and former President of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association. Currently Bodie is a member of ISAF Events Committee and represents North America on the ISAF Council. Bodie has been a member of US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee continuously since 1998. His latest project is helping Youth Sailing Virginia to implement community and high school sailing on the waterfront of Fort Monroe, Virginia.
Bodie raced many one design classes, but the 505 was his favorite for almost 20 years. Victories included Bermuda Race Week, CORK in Kingston, Ontario, East Coasts, and Midwinter Championships. Bodie has also finished top ten in the 505 World Championship. Three-on-three team racing is his other sailing passion, and he competes whenever his schedule permits.
Gary was born in Hampton, VA, attended Hampton public schools and graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. He still lives in Hampton and is a member of Hampton Yacht Club. Gary is married to the former Mary Pitchford of Norfolk, Virginia, and they have three daughters, Kelly, Katie, and Caroline.
Carolyn and her husband John recently celebrated 30 years of marriage. They have two sons, Dylan and Miles, who both sailed in the Hampton Yacht Club summer sailing program and then for their high school teams. Carolyn and John were active in supporting the high school sailing programs, as well as Youth Sailing Virginia. John and Carolyn are also members of the Hampton Yacht Club.
Over the years, Carolyn and her family have been active in boating with their motor boat, canoes, and kayaks. Both Dylan and Miles achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and the entire family is still active in Boy Scouts of America today. The family has a great appreciation for the outdoors, especially our waterways. Currently, Carolyn and John are part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster cultivation program in the Elizabeth Lake portion of the Hampton River.
Rosemary enjoys fleet and team racing in Sonar Class boats and she also helms a Soveral 30 sailing vessel that she and her husband enjoy racing together. Rosemary holds a BSBA from Old Dominion University and an Executive Certificate in Strategic Planning from Wharton School of Business. Rosemary is excited to bring her skill sets and passion of sailing to benefit the community’s youth through her work at YSV in fundraising, grant writing and serving on the Finance Committee in hopes of spreading her love of the lifelong sport of Sailing!