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Notable Sailors

Lee Chesneau’s Marine Weather would like to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of the following sailors who have made a difference in the lives and well being of their fellow cruising sailors and racing competitors, and who are concurrently at the top of their professional lives as well.

Bob (& Jody) Bitchin

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Frank Bohlen

bohlenFrank Bohlen is a Professor Emeritus of Oceanography in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut. For the past forty years he has been studying ocean and nearshore currents and transport using a variety of field and laboratory techniques. He is currently part of the team maintaining the Long Island Sound observatory. In addition to his scientific work he is an experienced ocean sailor and navigator and has participated in 16 Newport-Bermuda Races. In 1986 he received the Mixter Trophy as navigator of the winning yacht in the Newport Bermuda Race (Puritan – IMS). He will be sailing this year. Check out his Gulf Stream work and for this years Marion to Bermuda race. Dr Bohlen can be reached at

Denny Emory

Denny Emory is a licensed captain, holding a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master’s License! After twenty years as a practicing architect, in 1993 he turned to his lifetime love of the sea. Following a circumnavigation, Denny formed Emory / Yachting Services in 1996, free-lancing on a project by project basis doing yacht deliveries, commissioning and new boat shake-downs, owner orientations and training, participating in ocean yachting adventures with owners, and the developing and writing of the Owner’s Manuals for Morris Yachts in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Denny Emory, a former certified Wilderness-EMT, has voyaged more that 100,000 nautical miles on both sail and power vessels, visiting 42 countries on five continents. He is “second to none” when it comes to lecturing on topics ranging from medical to boat outfitting!!

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Sally Lindsey Honey

Two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, sailmaker, educator, multi-time TransPaccer and PacCupper.

Too self-effacing to provide a bio, but a treasure to the sailing world.

Stan Honey

stanhoneyThe consummate inventor, racing sailor/navigator, writer, speaker, educator, & America’s Cup advisor.

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(just several of a long list of hyperlinks)

Peter Isler

Peter Isler is an internationally renowned sailor, motivational speaker and author, Peter Isler has parlayed his love of sailing into a career. Inextricable from the America’s Cup since winning it as navigator aboard Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes in Australia in 1987. In all he has sailed in five Cup campaigns (most recently with the BMW Oracle Racing Team in Valencia, Spain), winning it twice. He took a break from sailing and appeared as analyst for ESPN’s Emmy Award winning coverage of the America’s Cup in ’92 & ’95. For the ’03 and ’07 Cups Peter both sailed and announced on TV (in 2003 with Outdoor Life Network and in 2007 with VERSUS Network). For over twenty years, Isler has entertained and motivated groups (including many Fortune 500 companies) with his presentations. A former Collegiate Sailor of the Year at Yale University, Isler resides in Southern California. He co-authored the best-selling book, Sailing for Dummies (Wiley) and wrote the acclaimed business book, At the Helm: Business Lessons for Navigating Rough Waters (Doubleday) with Peter Economy. His most recent title, Peter Isler’s Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets (Wiley) was published in 2011. He is president of Isler Sailing International, Inc. When at home in San Diego, Peter enjoys time with his two daughters and playing guitar and keyboard in a variety of bands.

Ralph Naranjo

ralphnaranjoCurrently the technical editor of Practical Sailor, Ralph Naranjo is also finishing up The Art of Seamanship to be published by McGraw-Hill in early 2014. During his ten year stint as the Vanderstar Chair at the US Naval Academy, he augmented safety and seamanship training and played a key role in the development of the new sail training sloops purchased by the Navy.

His sailing background includes a five year family voyage around the world, the management and development of a full service boatyard, and a regular written presence in boating magazines, journals and books. He and his wife Lenore have made two other lengthy cruises aboard Wind Shadow, a 41 foot sloop the Naranjo’s have owned for over three decades. During the past 15 years he has moderated US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminars across the country, and now as an adjunct lecturer at the Annapolis School of Seamanship, he and school owner John Martino are developing a new line of courses tailored to specific cruising interests.

John Rousmaniere

rousmaniereJohn Rousmaniere has been a sailor for more than forty years, writer and author on sailing and yachting history (and other topics not related to sailing), speaker, and moderator of numerous Safety-at-Sea Symposiums. He has lectured at hundreds of Safety-at-Sea seminars sponsored by the US Sailing Association and West Marine. John was a former contributor to Yachting and Sailing World magazines, produced movie videos, and, as an authority on boating safety, he has conducted reviews of boating accidents.

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Movies: The Annapolis Book of Seamanship: Vol. 1: Cruising Under Sail, Powerboat Navigation with John Rousmaniere

Books: The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, The golden pastime, The illustrated dictionary of boating terms, The sailing lifestyle, A glossary of modern sailing terms, America’s Cup book, 1851-1983

Pam (Andy & Samantha) Wall

pamwallPam Wall (conducting one of her famous seminars noted in the photo to the right) has served the Marine Industry for decades. She has raised her family aboard a sailboat, circumnavigated the world, voyaged across every ocean, cruised through the Caribbean, transited the Panama Canal, and sailed through the South Pacific. Her expertise has come from personal experience, a lifetime on the water, and years of professional service with West Marine and other major retailers in the Marine Industry.

Pam’s personal consulting services come in many forms, but are not the only service she offers. Her Seminars are perfect for advice and suggestions on numerous topics, including Bluewater Cruising, Family Sailing, or the Atlantic Circle.

Click here to visit her site, and if you ever have questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact Pam directly at: