Dan Hayden has always been an avid outdoorsman, with sailing as his favorite activity. He was introduced to the sport at the tender age of ten and gradually worked his way up through several different boat designs and classes. His first sailboat was a one-masted Styrofoam hull with only 110 square feet of sail. Through the years he graduated to larger sailboats and finally to racing Sunfish class boats. Eventually, Dan experienced the Daysailer class on Long Island Sound, where he entertained several invitations to crew and race the larger Atlantic class sailboats. Dan remains a recreational class sailor and accompanies his sons and grandson, Noah on weekend sailing excursions. He lives in southwestern Massachusetts with his life partner and companion, Laurie.