Captain Rhys Balmer
Rhys was homeschooled afloat while cruising from the Pacific Northwest to the Eastern seaboard via Panama Canal. Captain Balmer started learning how to sail at a young age. He has been teaching sailing for 18 years for American Sailing Association and US sailing. Always an avid learner, his recent studies have included sail making and rigging. In 2016 Rhys built a suit of sails at Ballard Sails in Seattle for his Moore 24 which he then sailed into a second place in the the double-handed Pacific Cup race to Hawaii. Since then, Rhys has made three west-to-east transpacific crossings. Rhys has also delivered both sail and powerboats up and down the west coast for the past 10 years. He has spent a few summers as a rescue boat driver. When Rhys is not teaching sailing, he is racing his Moore 24 with friends and often writes for 48 Degrees North, a local sailing magazine.
ASA 101, 103, 104, 106, 114, 118, RPBA single and twin-engine instructor
Captain Erden Eruc
Erden Eruc is a Turkish-born American adventurer who became the first person in history to complete an entirely solo and entirely human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth on 21 July 2012 in Bodega Bay, California, United States. The journey had started from Bodega Bay a little more than five years earlier on 10 July 2007. The modes of transport included a rowboat to cross the oceans, a sea kayak for shorelines, a bicycle on the roads and hiking on trails, along with canoes for a few river crossings. The route he followed was 66,299 km (41,196 mi) long, crossed the equator twice and all lines of longitude, and passed over twelve pairs of antipodal points, meeting all the requirements for a true circumnavigation of the globe. Guinness World Records has officially recognized Eruç for the First solo circumnavigation of the globe using human power on a journey that lasted 5 years 11 days 12 hours and 22 minutes, the current world record time for a solo human-powered circumnavigation.
ASA 101, 103, 104, and 106 Instructor certs
Captain Gavin Brackett
Captain Bracket grew up on the waters of the Salish Sea and has worked on everything from marine salvage boats to coastal tug boats. Bracket is also an accomplished performance sailor. In 2016: he was the captain of the Valkyrie Racing program. Valkyrie is a Trans Pacific 52 or "TP 52". Valkyrie competed in all the top Pacific Northwest ORC racing circuit. Taking line honors at Southern straights, 1st overall in Swiftsure, line honors at Round Saltspring island and line honors Halibut Bank. Their greatest achievement for the season was setting a record for the international Victoria Maui yacht race. One of the longest offshore races in the world. They set a record of 8 days 9 hours and 45 minutes beating the old record by more than 16 hours which had been held for 18 years, by more than 16 hours and finishing 6.5 hours before the closest competition, TP52 Kinetic..
Amio started his career in boating in 1999 when he started deck-handing aboard fishing vessels in SE Alaska. In 2005 he began to commercial fish for salmon on his own gillnetting boat, navigating swift currents and high tides daily as he brought in the catch. After retiring from fishing he was still drawn to the water. He began sailing in 2015 and quickly adapted to being under sail instead of the motor, becoming addicted to the feeling of harnessing the wind he bought a live-aboard sailboat to live, explore, and sail in the Pacific Northwest. He then obtained his USCG Masters Near Coastal 50 ton license so he can share his love for the water, boating, sailing, and the Pacific Northwest with others. He currently resides on Orcas Island Washington.