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 Atlantic Challenge 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 and has trained the Atlantic Challenge US team since 2010.
She holds current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications and a 50-ton Masters captain's license.
A native of Gig Harbor, Washington, Riley grew up taking to the water on an assortment of garage scrap vessels and racing Optis and Lasers on the junior sailing circuit. After joining the Tacoma sea scouts he started sailing year round on the 90ft 1938 wooden yawl, Odyssey.
Soon drawn to the clunk of the oars and the sleek grace of simplicity, he got involved with the West coast gig, Verité, and participated as a crew member in the AC Contests of 2010 and 2012. He has trained the team since 2014.
Riley graduated from the International Yacht Restoration School in 2012 and currently lives in Washington.
Riley holds current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications.
Mary Betts Evans
Team USA Coordinator and Cook
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. Now she is spending much time training up a future AC rower, her adorable year-old son.
She has provided delicious meals as the cook for Team USA's Greens Island trainings since 2012. If we're lucky enough, we get to hear her sing traditional songs and play her concertina.
Neal Drake and Anna Yoors, both alumni of AC Team USA, assisted in training the 2018 team and we are grateful for their excellent seamanship and support.
Their bios are coming soon.