Sailing Staff & Employment


Emily Egan / Program Director

Emily is returning for her third season as Program Director after four summers of coaching at PYC. She learned to sail at Arundel Yacht Club in Kennebunkport, and sailed collegiately at Bates College. Emily has enjoyed participating in J/24 fleet racing and other one design racing series on Casco Bay. She is an English teacher at Kennebunk High School, where she also coaches the tennis & ski teams.

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 second 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.

Kyle Dochoda / Opti Green Coach


Kyle is from St. Petersburg, Florida.  He was captain the of the Shorecrest High School sailing team.  During the summers he raced out of St. Petersburg Yacht Club. He placed second at the C420 Nationals in 2016.  Kyle will be attending Boston University in the fall as an engineering student and member of the sailing team.  This is his first summer at PYC – and first visit to Maine!

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 second summer at PYC.

Jackson Marshall / Intermediate Coach


Jackson Marshall is a from Biddeford Pool, and is a member of Biddeford Pool Yacht Club.  He learned to sail on Optis and lasers and has raced Rhodes at Nationals, PHRF New Englands and North Americans.  He has sailed the coast of Maine with his family in their J105 called ‘Orion.’   Jackson is also an avid surfer, and a surf instructor through the Aquaholics Surf Shop.  This is his first summer at PYC; he is coaching the Intermediate & Minnows classes.

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 second 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 first summer at PYC.

Sophia Aronson / Intern

Sophia is a rising sophomore at Waynflete.  Her first sailing experience occurred at age three during an overnight excursion with her mother and family friends. She later sailed a sunfish as part of a summer camp on Lake Ontario, and eventually joined the PYC junior sailing program as a teenager.  Sophia describes those days on Casco Bay as “some of fondest memories ever.”  One day in particular, Sophia’s class was towing back from a race on Peaks Island when they notice a large sea creature swimming toward their 420 dinghy.  It turned out to be an Ocean Sunfish.

Anna Wildes / Intern

Anna is a rising sophomore at Waynflete.  She started sailing with PYC at age eleven based on her own interest and desire to give a new sport a try! She says it’s impossible to pick one favorite moment but will always remember the day the Ocean Sunfish surrounded her boat.



Skyler Piltch / Intern

Skyler was introduced to the sport of sailing through his Uncle.  At age fourteen he began sailing at PYC with the PYC 420/Keelboat Adventure program.  His favorite memory is sailing to Fort Gorges on 420s – exploring and sailing back.

Alden Sawyer / Intern

Alden Sawyer is a rising sophomore at the Holderness School.  He started sailing with PYC when he was seven years old and has been coming back ever since. Alden’s favorite junior sailing memory is sailing to Chebeague Island in a 420 with his brothers.

John Wahlig / Intern 

John is a rising sophomore at Falmouth High School. He started sailing with PYC when he was seven years old and has been coming back ever since.




Minimum age 16 by the start of the summer season (prefer age 18+).  US Sailing Level 1 & CPR required.  If you are PYC 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. US Sailing Level 1 Certification & CPR required.  Designed as a one year training program, with the goal of moving successful apprentices into coaching positions the following summer. Full 9 week commitment including coach orientation & debrief days. Modest pay.  #: One to two apprentices per summer.


Minimum age 15. 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, junior sailing gear & incredible work experience.  #: Two interns per session.



Ginny Marvin / Women’s Sailing 

Sarah Young / Women’s Sailing 

Scott Gleeson / Coed Sailing