Meet the Schooner Woodwind Captains
Sailing has been a vital part of Jen’s life since she was 5. Racing and cruising with her family filled her summers until she started teaching kids to sail. Her sophomore year in college, she sailed on a 125-ft schooner for credit in science, literature, and history. She now was addicted to schooner sailing. 3 years later, her family built the Woodwind. At 26, she became a captain.
Ken followed his passion and taught instrumental music for 25 years in Connecticut. When budget cuts ended the program he and his family commissioned to have Woodwind built and started the business 20 years ago. Ken considers himself very lucky indeed to follow 2 dreams. One about music the other about sailing.
Captain Mike is a Chesapeake native and a resident of South Baltimore. He joined the Woodwind in 2010, after running traditional Chesapeake work boats focused on outdoor experiential education. Mike has managed sailboat fleets for a sailing center in Baltimore and a bareboat charter company in Annapolis. Mike enjoys sharing his interest in ecology and maritime culture.
Working as a Captain on the Schooner Woodwind is awesome. I figured out how to get paid for my favorite hobby(sailing). I started sailing when I was 6 years old right here on the bay. I am a very avid sailboat racer and when not working you can usually find me out racing. I lived/sailed in the Caribbean for 24 years, I returned to the Bay in 2008 and enjoy every day I am on the water!!
Meet the Schooner Woodwind Crew
I’ve been sailing since the age of 12. During 20 years in the Navy, I sailed while visiting ports and while at home. I am a personal coach using horses in my work. I’ve owned a C&C 30, a Catalina 400 and 470 and sailed Hobie 16’s in Aruba, and a 110’ schooner in Fiji, and a CT44 from Bermuda. I am a published author, write music, dive, and like birding. I sail whenever I can.
Nathan is happy to be back for his second season on Woodwind. He graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2011 with a B.A. in Spanish and will attend George Washington University for a Masters of International Affairs this fall. He also coaches sailing at the Eastport Yacht Club. Nathan recently earned a 50 Ton Master’s License with sail and tow endorsements.
I just started working at the Schooner Woodwind a few weeks ago and I am happy to be part of the team! I teach during the school year, so working on the water in a great town is an awesome change of pace for the summer.I grew up in Baltimore, but did not start sailing until I went to college in Florida. Now, sailing at home on the Chesapeake Bay is exactly where I want to be!
I developed a great love for the Chesapeake Bay and boating while spending summers at my grandparent’s cottage just south of Annapolis. Since then I have sailed all over the Bay, the East Coast, and the Caribbean. I became crew on Woodwind in 2002 to earn my captain’s license and to find a wife, and was successful at both. Afterwards I continued to work on Woodwind part time, and keep coming back.
Ex car and boat racer, now Woodwind crew. It’s nice being on a big boat when the weather pipes up.
Andy learned to sail in a small day sailer on a lake in Pennsylvania. Eventually the lure of larger boats and better cruising grounds led him to discover Annapolis. After 25 years in a traditional desk job, a change was in order! He is now a certified sailing instructor and crews for us on Woodwind.
I’m a college student with a summer job on the Woodwind, from Pittsburgh PA. I love to sail, cheer for the Steelers, meet new people, and read. This is my second year working on the Woodwind.
I am the youngest crew mate out of everyone at the age of 19 years old. I have recently finished my freshman year of college, with a major in biology, at Virginia Tech. I have 4 years of competitive sailing experience that I learned through my time on the sailing team at Severna Park High School. Most of my sailing experience was learned on smaller sailing vessels such as a 420 and FJ.
Raised on the Severn River, Karen spent her formative years enjoying the Chesapeake Bay lifestyle. Swimming, sailing, crabbing and fishing never left her blood,and in 2000 she sailed back home to Annapolis from the Great Lakes. After many wonderful opportunities and careers, she missed being back on her home waters and joined the Woodwind crew this season.
Native Annapolitan and set it and forget it gonk holing cruiser, except aboard the Woodwind.
I am 26 years old and I love being on the water.
By early morn a seamstress, by night a sailing siren, I’m just a simple Annapolitan girl who likes having a good time with some wind in her sails. I’ve been sailing for 3 years, including a Regatta in Grenada and several other sails through the Caribbean. I love being out on the open waves.
Meet the Schooner Woodwind Sales & Support Staff
Beth is a natural born sales person. Her attention to detail serves her well in organizing private cruises and group events aboard Woodwind. Though she has not always been a sailor by nature, after several years sailing aboard the Schooner Woodwind she enjoys sitting back and enjoying a relaxing sail while Woodwind’s crew takes care of everything else.
Every morning I walk out onto the dock overlooking the Annapolis Harbor and wonder who I might meet or what I might see or experience that will make this day a great day. I love working outside, we have the best office and views in Annapolis. The Woodwind Family all works hard because we love what we do and most importantly we have a good time doing it.
Born in France and raised in Annapolis, Yumi has wandered across the pond and back by plane and by sea. She returns to her hometown and joins the Woodwind crew after a nomadic sprint through Honolulu, Seattle, New York, Florida and Europe. This season, Yumi can be found on the dock proudly representing the Schooner Woodwinds and enjoying waterfront view.
I was born in Annapolis and raised in the surrounding area. The Chesapeake and her tributaries have entertained me as well as inspired delight throughout my life. I moved away once for 2 years, and could not wait to get back to the waters that fill and support my spirit! I love sharing my joy with others! Come see me at the Customer Service window on the dock by the Woodwind!
Too many years as an Information Systems Director, commuting to and from D.C., I made a huge change in my life, became an EMT and firefighter for Anne Arundel County. I am still active with that, but I found this perfect company based upon water (both of my parents were commissioned Naval Officers), and that allowed me to blend my love of people with my greatest joy – being near the water!
Kate works in the office handling group and private charter sales for the company. Originally from New England, she moved to Annapolis last summer to join the Woodwind team and is so happy she did! She has quickly come to love sailing. As a former wedding florist, she enjoys sales tremendously and loves working with clients to plan fantastic events and cruises aboard the Woodwinds.