US Trustee /Team Coordinator/ Trainer
Originally from midcoast Maine, Arista grew up sailing in various traditional small craft throughout Penobscot Bay. While earning a liberal arts degree at Hampshire College she participated in the 2002 Atlantic Challenge Contest as part of the Russian team, and the following summer lived in Russia for six months, sailing and rowing with the AC Russian crew for three months.
Arista has worked for Outward Bound, NOLS, The Nova Scotia Sea School, the Wooden Boat School, Morse Alpha Expeditions, and has trained the Atlantic Challenge US team since 2010. She currently runs a Bantry Bay gig program in Belfast, Maine aboard Loyauté.
She holds current Wilderness First Responder,CPR, and Lifeguard certifications and a 50-ton Masters captain's license.
Mary Betts Evans
Team Coordinator /Cook/ President of AC USA
Mary participated in 2004 and 2006 AC Contests in Wales and Italy and brings a wealth of small boat experience, having grown up rowing and sailing a variety of small boats in New York City and Rhode Island.
She co-ran a Bantry Bay gig program in Warren, RI for five years with Riley Hall. Now she is spending much time training up a future AC rower, her adorable year-old son, Otto.
She has provided delicious meals as the cook for Team USA's Greens Island trainings since 2012. If we're lucky enough, she'll join us for a row and we can see her expert form and metronomic timing. And we might also get to hear her sing traditional songs and play her concertina.
Riley Hall, Neal Drake, Anna Yoors, Dylan Ladds, and Maria Kearney, all alumni of AC Team USA, have assisted training our team in recent years and we are grateful for their excellent seamanship and support.