What kind of boating background do you have?
Started sailing in 1993, took all classes that USPS had to offer, taught nearly all classes and sailed in New York, NY and the San Diego, CA area. Most of my sailing is inland and coastal. I have owned sailboats since 1993 and was part of a racing team from 1995 to 2004.
What do you like most about teaching classes?
Teaching is in my blood and I have taught, in one form or another, all my adult life. I most love the challenge of teaching adults, both classroom and on-the-water. My greatest joy is when I see a student move up in confidence and what they are willing to try.
Favorite book, movie, quote, poem about boating?
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: Ch. 1: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,” he went on dreamily: “messing—about—in—boats; messing—” “Look ahead, Rat!” cried the Mole suddenly. It was too late. The boat struck the bank full tilt.
What kind of music do you like to play while boating?
I am not much in music, maybe light classical, but when I sail with my wife we mostly listen to country music.
Do you have any relavant experience to the course you are teaching?
I teach most everything to do with boating, though especially “Rules of the Road”. This is baseed on my Captains License, my publishing articles, and being the USPS developer of the Rules seminar.
What is your most unusual boating experience?
Delivering a race boat from San Diego to Marina del Rey, overnight during a small craft warning. It taught me how extremely uncomfortable this can be, how a boat is usually stronger than men, and how much can be learned in one night if nature will let you. We should not have gone out, but I’m so glad we did!