Near Sturrup Cay, North Berry Islands, Bahamas (2015)
Near North Caicos, Little Iguana Cay and Providenciales (2014).
Sailing with my son, Tyler, in the Grenadines on a chartered Leopard cat (2010).
Crewing for Dan Nash - North American Ideal 18 Championships, Stamford, CT (2004)
Cruising with my kids in the BVIs (2004)
Racing Goose in the Ideal 18 North Americans - Stamford, CT (2006)
Coaching PYC women at Noroton Yacht Club Women's Invitational - Noroton, CT (2003)
Running races at PYC, Southport, CT
Pequot Yacht Club Sailing Manager (1999-2005)
Waiting for the breeze and the start of a Wednesday night Ideal 18 race (2001)
Teaching a spinnaker clinic on the docks of Pequot Yacht Club, Southport, CT (2005).
Sailing off the Dalmatian coast near Dubrovnik, Croatia (2009)
At the helm of Mystique near Sint Maarten (2008).
At the helm off the coast of Maine near Acadia National Park (2007).
Ready to race 12 Meter American Eagle (Ted Turner's 1964 America's Cup winner) in Sag Harbor, Long Island, NY (2006).
With son, Tyler, sailing off the coast of Belize (2005).
Returning to Placencia and Mooring's base after 1-week chartered cruise near Belize's barrier reef (2005)
Crewing for Suzanne Simmons in Albacore Atlantic Coast Championships on the Chesapeake Bay (2005)
Sailing in the Annapolis-Oxford Race (1976)
Sailing a penguin with daughter Kate on the Miles River, Maryland (1992)
Me and my crew Bobby Messick in 1968 after winning the Oxford Regatta (Oxford, Maryland)
Chartering / Cruising Experiences:
2013 - Chartered and skippered Mystique for the last time out of St. Maarten to St Barths with Lynne Schreck
2013 - Chartered and skippered a 40’ Moorings catamaran “Zoof” for 2 weeks in Placentia, Belize and with Lynne Hutchinson Schreck.
2012 - Chartered and skippered a 40’ Moorings catamaran for 1 week in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with my son Tyler, his friends, Charlie Rand, Charlie Grant, and Galen
2016 - sailed Mystique to Exumas and cruised the Bahamas by myself for 51 days.
2016 - sailed Mystique to Exumas and cruised the Bahamas with Tyler Lane, Megan Herrity and Lynne Schreck.
2016 - sailed Mystique to Exumas and cruised the Bahamas with Lynne Schreck and family.
2015 - sailed Mystique to Berry Islands with son, Tyler Lane.
2014 - sailed Mystique to Exumas, Bahamas with Lynne Schreck and family.
2014 - sailed Mystique to George Town, Grand Exumas solo.
2014 - sailed Mystique from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos to Stuart, Florida
2012 - Chartered and skippered a 40’ Moorings catamaran “”for 2 weeks for 10 days in St. Martin, Caribbean with Eileen Winnick, Craig and Carol Sears.
2011 - Chartered and skippered a 40’ Moorings catamaran “Island Time” for 2 weeks in the British Virgin Islands and American Virgin Islands with Eileen Winnick, Gene Rostow, Heather Knapp, and Noreen and Bill Quinn.
2010 - Chartered and skippered a 40’ Moorings catamaran for 2 weeks in the Bahamas / Abacos with Eileen Winnick, my son, Tyler and Karen Fries.
2009 - Chartered and skippered a 40’ Moorings catamaran for1 week in Dubrovnik, Croatia with Eileen Winnick, Gene Rostow and Heather Knapp.
2007 - Chartered and skippered a 40’ Moorings catamaran“Mystique” for 10 days in St. Martin, Caribbean with Eileen Winnick, my son, Tyler Lane and his girlfriend, Karen Fries.
2006 - Chartered and skippered a 30’ sloop “Petral” for 1 week sail along Maine Coast (Camden to Acadia National Park) with Diane Soloman.
2006 - Chartered and skippered a 38’ Moorings catamaran for1 week in Placentia, Belize with Karen Alschelor, my son Tyler and my daughter Kate.
2004 - Chartered and skippered a 38’ Moorings catamaran “B-Cat Crazy” for 1 week in the British Virgin Islands with my son Tyler and my daughter Kate.
1995 - Sailed and skippered Tad duPont’s “Nicole” – a 38’ sloop from Bermuda to the Chesapeake Bay and St. Michaels., MD with Bill Lane, Jr., Victor Dupont, Janie Kinnemon and two others
1979-2004 - Cruised the Maine coast near the Muscungus Bay region – numerous summers on “Downwind” - a 32’ sloop with Harold Scott
1976 - Sailed and crewed on Newbold Smith’s “Reindeer” – a Swan 48’ on a transatlantic voyage from Newport, Rhode, Island to Bodo, Norway. Read more about this adventure's attempt to be the first sailboat to circumnavigate the North Pole in Newbold Smith's book Down the Denmark Straits.
1964 - Sailed as crew on the “Tabor Boy” – a 98’ schooner - round trip from Marion, Mass. to Halifax, Nova Scotia for a two-week cruise
Sailing Instructional Experiences:
2000-2005 - Pequot YC (Southport, CT) - Sailing Manager and Instructor for the Ideal 18 Adult Program Racing:
1997-1998 - Sachem’s Head YC (Guilford, CT) - Head Junior Sailing Instructor & Adult (Women’s) Instructor
1967 - Tabor Academy (Marion, MA) - Assistant sailing instructor in summer program
Racing Experience & Nautical Education:
2005 - Skippered “Goose” with Chris Jennings in the North American Ideal 18 Championships; finished 7th out of 30.
2004 - Skippered “Patriot” with Susanne Simmonds in the North American Ideal 18 Championships; finished 10th out of 33.
2003- crewed on “Goose” with Dan Nash in the North American Ideal 18 Championships; finished 15th out of 35.
2004 - crewed for Susanne Simmonds in the North American Albacore Championships in West River, MD ; finished 4th out of 10.
2003 - Skippered “Cotton Blossum / Scirroco” with Dan Nash in the North American Ideal 18 Championships; finished 16th out of 37.
1997-1998 - Sailed and crewed on Sonars with Skip Young and Jack Linville – North American Champion and Olympic qualifier, respectively.
1974 - Sailed and crewed on “Safari” – a Class A 70’ sloop during the S.O.R.C. out of St. Petersburg, Florida
1967-1987 - Sailed, raced and cruised the Chesapeake Bay and crewed on numerous Annapolis-Oxford Races; 2-3 Annapolis-Newport Races and 3 Newport-Bermuda races on board “Stinger”, “Prim” and “Nicole”- all 30’-36’ sloops.
1965-1980 - crewed on log canoes on Tred Avon River, Oxford, Maryland and Miles River, St. Michaels, Maryland
1964-1968 - Attended and graduated fromTabor Academy, Marion, MA. – a naval preparatory boarding school
1964 - raced in the Chesapeake Bay District Midget Championships in Annapolis, MD and finished 2nd.
1957-1983 - Grew up sailing and racing Penguins, Lasers, Comets and Stars in weekly summer regattas on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Chesapeake Bay (mostly at my home club – Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, Maryland). I won or placed in numerous races in Lasers and Penguins as a junior sailor.
U.S. Sailing Keelboat Certification 2001
U.S. Sailing Powerboat Safety Certification 2001
U.S. Sailing Level 1 Certification 1999
Connecticut Boating License 1997
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In the midst of my daily wakings, I hear and feel shells. Their slap, clap, yap, yak, whack, yak, yell, yelp, hoot, holler, ring and sing this south Floridian anchorage. Heart-throbbing, heavy breathing, lung-burning, arm-aching, gut-wrenching, body-beating and back-breaking repetition speak. Coxswains and coaches call out cadence. Single, couple, fours or eights set their tenor, tune their task, increase their tempo to tone each shell's bodies and spirit.
Paints as its yawning
Quiets as it lightens
Brightens as it dims
Draws as it darkens
Reminds as it rewinds
Whispers a sweet adieu