SailMaine Director Resigns for Personal Reasons

Janet Acker Former Executive Director of SailMaine.

Janet Acker Former Executive Director of SailMaine.

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,157)

In a surprise announcement, Janet Acker, the executive director of SailMaine, a non-profit community sailing program on the Portland waterfront resigned her post effective Friday, August 22nd. Acker took over the post, from the founding director, Jeff Cummings, in November of 2013.  The reason given was  the failing health of her husband, Barry.

Until an executive director is hired, Katie Hatch, will serve as the interim executive director.  Hatch came on board SailMaine this spring as the Development and Marketing Coordinator.

Acker and her husband Barry plan to go south to do some sailing in a month or so. He is currently the executive director of the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Kennebunkport.