Sailing Staff & Employment

2018 JUNIOR SAILING STAFF

Chris Morin / Program Director

Club member Chris Morin is the 2018 Program Director. Chris is well-known to the sailing/racing community, having raced Etchells and Lasers for the past 10 years. He has a number of plans to enhance the junior sailing experience at PYC in the coming year including an increase emphasis on student sailing in the learn-to-sail program, and expansion of the advanced sailing opportunities for teenagers, such as the Race Team and big-boat sailing, When not on the water Chris is an Individual Education Program Coordinator at Falmouth School Department. More details will be announced in the upcoming months so check back often.

Morgan Casey / Assistant Program Director & Adventure Coach

Morgan is from Fortunes Rock, Maine and calls Biddeford Pool Yacht Club home.  She learned to  sail on Prams, 420s and Rhodes and continues to sail on her family’s Cape Dory 25 called ‘Seawings’.  Morgan is the former program director at Arundel Yacht Club and is in her second season with PYC.  During the shoulder seasons, Morgan works at PYC doing fleet maintenance and coaches the University of New England sailing team.  Morgan is also lifelong skier and an active member of the Carrabassett Valley community.

Amy Macdonald / 420 Race Coach

Amy Macdonald is from Summit, New Jersey and a summer resident of Southport, Maine. She learned to sail on turnabouts and 420s at Southport Yacht Club. She later founded the varsity sailing team at Summit High School, and is the current captain of the Bates College sailing team. Amy worked as a sailing instructor at Raritan Yacht Club before coming to Portland Yacht Club.  This is her third summer coaching the 420 Green Fleet sailors at PYC. Amy will also be leading the Minnows class.

Chris Manson-Hing / Opti Race Coach

Chris Manon-Hing is from Pleon/Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass.  He’s been sailing competitively since his Opti days, when he represented both the United States and the Trinidad and Tobago at youth regattas.  He currently sails collegiately for Hobart William and Smith, where he is a double major in Political Science and International Relations.  In addition, Chris trains on Narca 17s as a member of the US Sailing Team Development Program and regularly crews on a J109 called Emoticon.  Chris was the PYC 420 race team last summer, and is coaching the Opti race team in summer 2017.

Fan Tai Bridges / Opti Green Coach

As a resident of Portland, Fan Tai  grew up sailing at several local programs including TEIA, Sail Maine and PYC. She was a member of the Casco Bay High School sailing team. When not sailing, Fan Tai enjoys spending time outside traveling, camping, hiking, swimming and watching comedy. She will attending American University in the fall to study environmental science and policy.  This is her third summer at PYC.

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 returning for her third summer of coaching at PYC.

Tyler Casey / Beginner Coach

Tyler Casey is from Fortunes Rocks, Maine, and calls Biddeford Pool Yacht Club home.  She grew up sailing Prams, Lasers and 420s, but especially loves sailing on ‘Seawings’, her family’s Cape Dory 25. She studies Marine Biology at the University of Maine, and is looking forward to doing research and living at the Darling Marine Center this fall. Tyler has a lot of experience teaching all age groups and levels of sailing, and is so excited to work with the Beginner sailors at PYC. This will be her second summer at PYC.

ADULT SAILING STAFF

Ginny Marvin / Women’s Sailing 

Sarah Young / Women’s Sailing 

Scott Gleeson / Coed Sailing