CASTINE — After a long search, Maritime Academy Marine has hired a sailing coach.
MMA Operations Manager Dana Willis recently announced that Taylor Martin has been named as the school’s new sailing coach and sail program coordinator. He succeeds Caroline Councell, who coached the team for two years, from November 2015 to November 2017.
Martin comes to MMA from the Pewaukee Lake Sailing School in Pewaukee, Wis., where he ran sailing programs for children ages 5 through 14, an X-Boat racing program, 420 dinghy sailing and adult sailing. He also coached and managed the city’s high school sailing program.
Martin’s prior experience includes stints directing the adult sailing program at New England Science & Sailing (NESS) in Stonington, Conn., from 2015 to 2017, where he ran a variety of learn-to-sail classes, advanced racing and cruising clinics; serving as waterfront programs manager for Mitchell College in New London, Conn.; Mudratz Youth Sailing Team race coach in Noank, Conn.; and youth sailing instructor-race coach for the Bellingham (Wash.) Yacht Club in 2013 and 2014. During his college career, he was both captain and commodore of the Western Washington University Sailing Team.
“Our programs will benefit greatly from Taylor’s experience with sailing instruction for all ages, collegiate sailing, water safety, and watercraft maintenance,” Willis said in a statement.
Martin takes over a program that has managed to stay active with MMA sailing master JM Payne and several alumni filling in as coaches.
Earlier this month, MMA hosted the annual Philip Harman Cup regatta for Colgate 26 sloops and, on the same day, the Penobscot Bay Open for 420 dinghies. The Mariners finished sixth of eight teams in the Harman, won by Bowdoin College, and 10th in the 11-team PenBay fleet.
Throughout the summer, the Mariner big boat team raced in several regattas around Penobscot Bay and in the MS Harborfest Regatta in Portland, where the team finished third in the fleet.
Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education – Literature, Secondary Education from Western Washington University. He is a US Sailing-certified Level 1 Instructor Trainer, Level Three Coach and Basic Keelboat Instructor.
“I’m very excited to be working with students who are so motivated to be out on the water,” Martin said in a statement.