All of our captains as USCG Licensed and are highly qualified to ensure a safe, fun outing on board Suva. We’d like to tell you a little bit about them…so here they are, listed alphabetically:
Capt Jonny Johnson
Jonny started sailing in the 1994 on the waters of the Puget Sound. He obtained his first U.S Coast Guard Masters License in 1998 and was certified by US Sailing as a Small Boat Sailing Instructor, and a Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor about the same time. He currently holds a 100 Ton Inland Masters License.
Jonny was a Founding Member of Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation in 2015 and has been skippering Suva since that time. Contact Captain Jonny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capt Gary McIntyre
Gary has been a sailor for over fifty years, starting on a 16 foot sunfish. He has owned sailboats most of his life and currently has a 30 foot Catalina in Oak Harbor. Gary obtained his U.S. Merchant Marine Officers License in 2008 when he moved to Whidbey Island. When he was the Commodore for Whidbey Island Naval Sailing Association (WINSA), he trained navy personnel for recreational sailing.
Gary joined the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation in 2016 and has been skippering Suva since that time. Contact Captain Mac at email@example.com.
Capt Mark Saia
Captain Mark Saia is a founding member of the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation, His sailing experience has taken him from the Pacific Northwest to Maui, and the Eastern Seaboard to to the US and British Virgin Islands. Mark holds a USCG 100 Ton rating and is an American Sailing Association (ASA) certified sailing instructor. You can contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Capt Kirby Stevens
Capt Pat Reed
Pat holds a 100 ton near coastal USCG Master’s license and has been sailing for over 40 years. He has worked as a delivery captain on the U.S. east coast, has crewed aboard tall ships on both U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, and on the North Sea. His most recent tall ship sail trip was from Erie, Pa. to Rockland, Maine by way of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Before moving to Washington, Pat owned a 53 ft schooner which, for 5 years, operated as a charter vessel out of New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Want to become a Suva Captain?
To become a Suva captain, you must be a member of the CMHF, be a Suva crew member, and hold a USCG Master’s license with a sailing endorsement. While completing our Suva crew personal qualifications training through First Mate, we will submit your sailing resume to the insurance carrier. When you are approved by the insurance company, you will sail as a Captain Trainee with our experienced Suva Captains until you are thoroughly checked out on Suva. Upon the recommendation of three current captains with whom you have sailed, you will be recommended to the Board of Directors for upgrade to Suva Captain.