SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Early last month, Hinckley Yacht Services made a historic new hire by welcoming its first woman general manager.
Tara Regan began Nov. 8 as the general manager for the Morris Yacht yard in Northeast Harbor and the Hinckley yard in Southwest Harbor.
“We are delighted to appoint the first woman to head up our Maine yards. A woman who is exceedingly qualified and who has our complete confidence,” said Mike Arieta, Hinckley Chief Operating Officer, in a statement.
Will Ratcliff and Steve Nolf and will remain as yard managers for the Hinckley yard in Southwest Harbor and at the Morris Yacht Service yard in Northeast Harbor, respectively. Hinckley acquired Morris at the beginning of this year.
Regan, originally from Cape Cod, Mass., has worked in the marine industry for 16 years.
After teaching sailing at her local yacht club, the Curry College graduate went on to earn her 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license. She also has worked as a delivery captain and yard manager.
“I was an avid sailor for many years, and [yard management] was the next progression,” she said. “I’ve always loved being on the water.”
Regan previously worked as the yard manager at Kingman Yacht Center in Cataumet, Mass.
Regan is an avid J/24 sailor, ice climber and boater, so Mount Desert Island has a lot of appeal.
“I’m a very outdoorsy person, so it’s perfect here,” Regan said.
Mount Desert Island also reminds her a little bit of home.
“It is similar to the Cape. People are really friendly and welcoming,” she said. “It feels like home.”
Hinckley’s reputation as one of the foremost yacht manufacturers in the country also helped nudge Regan into the position.
“Knowing the reputation of Hinckley, [the job] was something I couldn’t really pass up,” she said.
In her role at Hinckley, Regan will juggle 85 employees, 300 yachts and two boatyards.
“There is a lot going on at both yards, and we are trying to keep up with the customers’ demands,” said Regan.
Fortunately, she has had a knowledgeable and friendly group of employees.
“It’s been really good. Everyone has been really welcoming and helpful. The crew that I have working for me is just fantastic,” said Regan.