Introducing Captain Howard
All you need to know is that I have a passion for sharing sailing, and writing with wisps of wisdom and hints of hubris. But if you want more, then read on…
Ralph Howard Edson, Jr. was born and raised along the Housatonic River in Shelton, CT. Following undergraduate studies at Princeton University and a military tour of duty in the Pacific his three-part work career included
(1) corporate staff positions with Hewlett Packard and Atlantic Richfield,
(2) entrepreneur building four companies, and
(3) management consultant and trainer in the field of organizational development.
He has trained thousands of employees throughout North America and Asia in leadership development and teamwork — frequently using ropes courses, and outdoor adventures as his learning metaphor.
Additionally Howard has authored “What Color Is Your Paradigm?” — a conceptual understanding of the relationship between one’s thoughts and results. He has authored numerous boating articles for Windcheck and 48 Degrees North.
He is presently devoting his energies to yacht deliveries, sailing instruction, captaining sailboat charters in the San Juan Islands (Washington) and Desolation Sound (Canada) between May and October and often living in a tropical location between November and April. In his spare time he writes about boating and seamanship.
He has sailed or motored into most U.S. East coast ports from Maine to Florida, the Florida Gulf Coast, and from Mexico to Canada. Additionally he completed a “living the dream” six month solo voyage with his trusty Golden Retriever, Chubby.
In 2008 he relocated from Connecticut to Seattle to be a good “grandpa” and to sail Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, Desolation Sound, British Columbia and Alaska.
Between April and October each year he can be found instructing at the Seattle Sailing Club and volunteering at theCenter for Wooden Boats.
Between November and April each year he can be found instructing in Florida, captaining charters in the BVIs or long-distance yacht deliveries. Recent deliveries have been from Spanish Wells, Eleuthera to Norwalk, CT, and from Port Orchad WA to Whittier, Alaska.
Howard holds U.S. Merchant Marine Officer license #1155804, for motor and sail vessels up to 100-gross tons.
He is an American Sailing Association instructor,
certified in Basic Keelboat (101) through Advanced Coastal Cruising (106).
Seasonally (summer) he has managed the Stamford, CT base for Pinnacle Yachts — with responsibility for sales, operations, yacht maintenance and instructing adults in sailing Jeanneau 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 was the owner of his Irwin 32 sloop, Dust In The Wind,
which he has sailed from Maine to Florida, and a six month solo voyage
including every inch of the Atlantic Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW).
He has enjoyed sailing yachts in Florida, the Abacos, Bermuda, B.V.I’s, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Puget Sound, Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound (Canada), British Columbia, Alaska and from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas, 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 ocean race(Marblehead, MA to Halifax, Nova Scotia); and the Baja Ha-Ha cruisers rally (San Diego to Cabo San Lucas).
During teenage years he owned 2 power boats and participated in professional water ski shows (at various times as a driver, announcer and skier).
A partial list of his power and sailing yacht delivery routes:
Bermuda to Stamford, CT and to Mamaroneck, NY.
New Rochelle, NY to Key West, FL (inside and outside passage)
Marathon Key to Key West, FL
Point Judith, R.I. to Greenwich, CT
New London to Stamford, CT
Barnegat Bay, N.J. to Bridgeport, CT
Annapolis, MD to Dunedin, FL
San Francisco to San Diego, CA
Blaine Canada to Seattle,, WA
Olympia to Port Townsend, WA
Seattle to Anacortes, WA
San Francisco to San Diego, CA
Spanish Wells, Eleuthera to Norwalk, CT
Port Orchard, WA to Whittier, Alaska
Howard is a pilot and certified flight instructor (CF-II) in single and multi-engine aircraft. He often draws from this experience when teaching sailing and navigation.
His academic background includes undergraduate at Princeton
University, Business Administration at Pepperdine University, and graduate work
in Economics at Columbia University. His teaching affiliations include past
Adjunct Faculty with AT&T Bell Labs, and Naropa Institute, Boulder CO. He is
certified in NLP and trainer for the Corporate CoachU International coaching
Howard is available for yacht delivery, private on-the-water instruction in any aspect of boating and seamanship – and tailored charters along the U.S. East and West coasts and Caribbean.
He is also available to photograph your yacht from sea or from the air.
If the spirit moves you feel free to contact Howard.
Captain Howard Edson