Instructor Bios

  • Meet the Staff

    Taylor Marshall
    Sailing Program Director

    Hey, there HYC family and friends! My name is Taylor Marshall, and I am thrilled to be returning to HYC as the sailing program director for my third summer. In the off-season I am a first grade teacher Durham Community School. Sailing became a passion of mine when I was a young child living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I grew up sailing mostly for fun in Sunfish, Optis, Lasers, and 420s. When I got to high school I competed on my varsity sailing team for four years and had the honor to serve as captain. Through college, I worked as the head instructor for Waquoit Bay Yacht Club in Falmouth, MA. I have always found sailing to be a beautiful sport, one that I am extremely passionate about. I am looking forward to sharing in that passion once again, for another fun-filled summer!

    Caleb Niles
    420 Race Coach

    Hi everyone! My name is Caleb and I’m incredibly excited to return to HYC this summer! I grew up sailing at Sailmaine and raced for the Southern Maine HS team for four years. I’m a rising fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at Northeastern University in Boston and just finished a six month coop at IDEXX in Westbrook . I’m heavily involved in the sailing team at NU and have raced 420s, FJs, Sonars, J22/105s, as well as a handful of other boats. I’ve been coaching for six years and am dedicated to sharing my passion for racing with others. This summer I’ll be coaching the 420 race team to prepare our sailors for summer racing and lifelong racing. I’m looking forward to returning to the HYC community and can’t wait to get out on the water!


    Matthew Bolles
    Optimist Race Coach

    Hey sailors! My name is Matthew Bolles and I am the Opti Race Team coach for this summer. I grew up in Yarmouth and started sailing around the age of eight with my parents, racing keelboats in Boothbay. Since then have sailed multiple summers all across New England, I raced in 420s and J22s for the Yarmouth High School Sailing team for five seasons, with two seasons as a captain, and raced on a team of laser sailors for a year. I’m now a mechanical engineering major at UMaine, and I continue to sail my laser throughout the summer as well as race on keelboats. I’m here to teach others how to sail and help them find a passion for an awesome sport. I can’t wait to see you all there!

    Ashley Arruda
    Advanced Training Group Coach

    Hey everyone! My name is Ashley Arruda and I am beyond excited to be returning as the ATG coach for the 2020 summer season! I grew up sailing at HYC and worked my way up from a recruit to a 420 race team member. I graduated from Yarmouth High School in 2019 where I was on the sail racing team. I am currently a rising second-year Mechanical Engineering student at Northeastern University, I’m on the sailing team and serving as the Public Relations Chair. This will be my fourth season as an instructor, HYC holds a special place in my heart, and I cherish the opportunity to be able to share my passion for sailing. I look forward to seeing all of you this summer, and getting back on the water!

    Anna Parker
    Head Mates Instructor

    Hey guys! My name is Anna Parker, and I’m super excited to be teaching at HYC again this summer! I’m a rising sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross, studying international studies and philosophy. I grew up sailing in Casco Bay on my family’s sailboat, where I fell in love with the sport. I started sailing dinghies (on Peaks Island) when I was 9, and I have been racing 420s since I was 12, including four years at SailMaine for Yarmouth High School. I’ve also sailed the J/24 circuit for the past four years. I can’t wait to be back with the mates sharing my love of sailing and Casco Bay with y’all!

    Sandra Nygren
    Mates Instructor

    Hello sailors!  My name is Sandra Nygren and I am extremely excited to join the HYC family for the first time!  I am a graduate of a 5-year BS/MS program in Bioengineering at Northeastern University.  I have spent the past five years racing for Northeastern as a crew, in FJs and 420s while also serving as Women’s Team President (and spending lots of quality time with Coaches Caleb and Ashley!).  I began my sailing career team racing 420s for my high school in Sudbury, MA and continued with two summers at Vineyard Haven Yacht Club on Martha’s Vineyard on the 420 race team (and racing Sonars).  When not on the water, I have been busy coaching ski racing at Sunday River and racing for Northeastern.  I am so excited to continue sharing my passion for sports in beautiful Maine and can’t wait to meet all the mates this summer!


    Alexis Chomyn
    Intermediate Junior Instructor

    Hi! My name is Alexis Chomyn, and I’m so excited to be part of the HYC team this summer! I just graduated from the Los Angeles HS for the arts, where I studied fine arts and will be a college freshman this fall studying Biology with a pre-med emphasis, (School TBD). I currently live in Los Angeles California, but I have spent all of my summers in Freeport. I grew up sailing at HYC with my cousins, making my way up from recruits to the ATG program. I have always found a very strong community at HYC and I am thrilled to share my love for this summer camp with all of you!