Captain Howard Edson
Howard Edson “actively retired” from management consulting in 2002 and agrees with Kenneth Grahame (Wind in the Willows) that “there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” He holds his ASA certifications 101-106 and his US Coast Guard license for motor and sail vessels up to 100-gross tons.
While living in Connecticut he has managed the Stamford Connecticut base for Pinnacle Yachts — with responsibility for sales, operations, yacht maintenance and instructing adults in sailing cruising yachts. Seasonally (winter) has held the position of Director of Training for Landfall Navigation, Marine Training Division – with responsibilities for the development and delivery of a full curriculum of boating knowledge courses.
He moved to Seattle in 2009 to be a good grandpa, and to sail the Pacific Northwest.
Howard was the owner of Dust In The Wind, which included a six month solo voyage. He has sailed all the East Coast, and most of the Gulf Coast and the West Coast waters. He has delivered power and sail yachts from Bermuda the U.S. and from Maine to Florida. Additionally he has enjoyed sailing in the B.V.I’s, Abacos, Puget Sound, Gulf Islands Desolation Sound, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Mexico. He has been afterguard on long-distance races including The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (Annapolis, MD to Norfolk, VA) ; the Marblehead to Halifax race (Marblehead, MA to Halifax, Nova Scotia); and the Baja Ha-Ha cruisers rally (San Diego to Cabo San Lucas).
Howard is a pilot and certified flight instructor (CFII) in single and multi-engine aircraft. He often draws from this experience when teaching sailing and navigation.
Additionally he writes articles for boating magazines and locally for 48 degrees North.