This project is Alan’s brainchild. With 50 years of maritime experience in construction, engineering, restoration and sailing, he is uniquely suited to run the project. Alan has a long history of both building and sailing and he is interested and passionate about everything nautical. Alan also founded the non-profit organization, Call of the Sea, which provides hands-on, educational experience aboard their 82ft Schooner Seaward, which has served over 15,000 students and sailed over 40,000 miles on day and overnight educational youth programs.

Alan’s boat building and sailing career is filled with adventure.In 1961, he built a 40ft catamaran in Minnesota and sailed down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.Moving to Florida, he worked as the lead carpenter on the construction of an 85ft catamaran, and then, in 1971, he began construction of the 70ft Brigantine, Stone Witch. After its completion in 1977, Alan sailed Stone Witch over 40,000 miles, operating educational sailing programs for youth and adults along with public charters on San Francisco Bay. Stone Witch was the flagship for Greenpeace and was involved in many environmental missions along the California Coast. Stone Witch sailed without an engine for the majority of its career.  In the 1980’s, Alan restored a 54ft wooden staysail schooner circa 1929, which was then used in youth educational programs for Call of the Sea and made several educational expeditions with adults including seven trips to Mexico, and a 15,000-mile Pacific Rim voyage.

The inside scoop: Alan is a good soul. He is kind, determined and is really passionate about the power of sailing and its ability to offer a unique experience for youth. He’s an amazing teacher and always has a story. He is not a fan of pirate parties!

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