Sailing Staff & Employment



Emily Egan / Program Director

Emily is returning for her third season as Program Director after many summers of coaching at PYC. She learned to sail at Arundel Yacht Club, and sailed collegiately at Bates College. Emily participates in J/24 fleet racing on Casco Bay.   Emily teaches English at Kennebunk High School, where she also coaches the tennis and ski teams.

Morgan Casey / Assistant Program Director & Adventure Coach

PYC is fortunate to have Morgan on board as the assistant director for the upcoming season.  In addition to supporting the junior sailing program, Morgan also drives the launch, runs race committee on Thursday evenings and keeps our dinghies in good working condition.  Morgan is from Biddeford Pool and is a former junior sailing instructor at Biddeford Pool Yacht Club and Arundel Yacht Club.

Amy Macdonald / 420 Race Coach

Amy Macdonald is from Summit, New Jersey. She learned to sail on turnabouts at Southport Yacht Club in Maine. She later founded the varsity sailing team at Summit High School, and is the co-captain of the Bates College sailing team. She is a math major a Bates College. For the past two summers, Amy worked as a sailing instructor at Raritan Yacht Club. She has enjoyed getting to know the greater Portland area this summer through local regatta travel.  Amy is looking forward to coaching the 420 racers – from Green Fleet to Championship – in her second summer at PYC.

Chris Manson-Hing / Opti Race Coach

Chris Manson-Hing will be returning to coach the Opti Race team in 2017, after a successful season coaching the 420 Race team in 2016.  Chris Manson-Hing is from Marblehead, MA and grew up sailing at Pleon Yacht Club.  He is a former member of the US and Trinidad and Tobago National Optimist teams and a current member of the US Sailing Team Development Program.  Chris sails collegiately for Hobart-William Smith.

Fan Tai Bridges / Opti Green Coach

While growing up on Peaks Island, Fan Tai was an active member of several junior sailing programs in the area including TEIA, Sail Maine and then Portland Yacht Club. She is entering her senior year at Casco Bay High School, where she competes on their sailing team. She lives in Portland, and enjoys taking advantage of all the city has to offer including the arts, waterfront and nature.  Fan Tai is looking forward to sharing her tricks of the trade with the Opti Green class.

Elizabeth Newberry / Intermediate Coach

Elizabeth grew up sailing at Portland Yacht Club, where she continues to sail with her family on their Beneteau “County Girl.” While a student at Bonny Eagle High School, Elizabeth sailed for the Southern Maine High School team out of Sail Maine. She currently studies Music Education at the University of Maine. Elizabeth was a member the aquatic staff at a Boy Scout camp in prior summers and is a BSA-trained lifeguard. Elizabeth is looking forward to coaching the Intermediate class in her second summer on the PYC staff.

Tyler Casey / Beginner Coach



Minimum age 16 by the start of the summer season (Prefer age 18+).  US Sailing Level 1 & CPR required.  If you are member, you must have been an apprentice first or have worked elsewhere first.   Full 9 week commitment including coach orientation & debrief days. Competitive pay.  #: Ten coaches.


Minimum age 16, or turning 16 during the summer season. US Sailing Level 1 Certification & CPR required.  Designed as a one year training program, with the goal of moving successful apprentices into a coaching position the following summer. Full 9 week commitment including coach orientation & debrief days. Modest pay.  #: Two interns per summer.


Minimum age 15 by the start of the summer season. No certification necessary; instead applicants must demonstrate a passion and skill for sailing and teaching youth.  Interns can request which session(s) he or she prefers. Unpaid; community service hours & incredible work experience.  #: Two interns per session.

2016 Sailing Staff