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John Kretschmer Sailing

Training Passages - Workshops - Presentations - Expeditions - Writing/Photography

A Serious Ocean

You know it by the northern look of the shore,
by the salt-worried faces,
by an absence of trees, an abundance of lighthouses.
It's a serious ocean.

North Sea off Carnoustie by Anne Stevenson

Tomorrow will have an island
by William Stafford

Tomorrow will have an island. Before night
I always find it. Then on to the next island.
These places hidden in the day separate
and come forward if you beckon.
But you have to know they are there before they exist.

Some time there will be a tomorrow without any island,
So far, I haven't let that happen, but after
I'm gone others may become faithless and careless.
Before them will tumble the wide unbroken sea,
and without any hope they will stare at the horizon.

So to you, Friend, I confide my secret:
to be a discoverer you hold close whatever
you find, and after a while you decide
what it is. Then, secure in where you have been,
you turn to the open sea and let go.

More Poetry...
John Kretschmer

Curriculum Vitae


2011-1981 - USCG Licensed Captain, Certificate #865630, 50 ton Master, Auxiliary Sailing and Celestial Navigation Endorsements

2011-1982 - World-wide Yacht Deliveries. 250,000 documented offshore miles, 20 transatlantic passages, and 2 transpacific passages

2011-1999 - John Kretschmer Sailing Offshore Training Passages and Expeditions. Worldwide sailing voyages, from Newfoundland to Turkey, from Trinidad to Panama, 100,000 miles and counting

2008 - Captain, Around the World Sail/Charter Expedition

1994 - Captain, In the Wake of the Maya Expedition

1992 - Captain, Columbus Landfall Expedition

1986/87 - Captain, In the Wake of Sinbad Expedition

1983/84 - Captain, Cape Horn Clipper Ship Expedition


2011-1999 - John Kretschmer Sailing. Offshore Training Passages, expeditions, adventure and cultural travel programs

2011-2002 - John Kretschmer Sailing Workshops, Boat Buyers, Celestial Navigation, Natural Navigation, Offshore Passage Making

2011-1996 - Boat Show Presenter. Various Topics including, Blue Water Boats, Force 10 Storm Strategies, At the Mercy of the Sea

1998 - Director, Maya Dugout Canoe Project, Colby College, Austin College

1996 - Director, Guest Lecturer/Professor, Austin College Sailing Program

1993 - Director, Fortuna Expeditions, Archaeological Sailing Charters

1992 - Director, CYC Celestial Navigation Workshops

1981-1984 - Director, Head Instructor, The Navigation School



2012 - to be published, "A Serious Ocean, Sailboats, Storms, Stories: Lessons From 30 Years at Sea," McGraw Hill

2010 - "Cape Horn To Starboard," Re-published, Burford Books

2008 - "At The Mercy Of The Sea," McGraw Hill, Paperback Edition

2007 - "At The Mercy Of The Sea," McGraw-Hill, Hardcover Edition

2007 - "The Best Used Boat Notebook," Sheridan House

2003 - "Flirting With Mermaids," Sheridan House, Paperback Edition

2002 - "The Used Boat Notebook," Sheridan House

2001 - "Celebrity Summit," Onboard Media

1999 - "Flirting With Mermaids," Sheridan House, Hardcover Edition

1988 - "Practical Celestial Navigation," - Chapman

1986 - "Cape Horn to Starboard," International Marine/McGraw Hill


2011-1982 - Free-lance Writer, more than 350 articles, features, reviews, etc., published in a wide variety of periodicals including: Smithsonian, Outdoor Life, Saltwater Sportsman, Newsday, Islands, European Travel and Life, Metropolitan Detroit, Southern Boating, Cruising World, Blue Water Sailing, Ocean Navigator, Sail, Sailing, Good Old Boat, Sky, and numerous others.

2011-1988 - Contributing Editor, Columnist, Sailing Magazine

2007-2000 - Columnist, Contributor, Miami Herald

2006 -1995 - Contributing Writer, Onboard Media

2006 - 2005 - Columnist Sailjazz.com

2003-1998 - Columnist Sailnet.com


Recent Lecture Presentations:

2011 - Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Southampton England, Royal Cork YC, Crosshaven Ireland, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Halifax NS, Canada

2010 - Chicago Yacht Club, St. Joseph River Yacht Club, Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club

2009 - Annapolis Yacht Club, Boston Yacht Club, Coconut Grove Sail Club, South Shore Yacht Club

2011-1984 - More than 100 presentations to diverse audiences ranging from the NY Yacht Club to the Institute for Maya Studies to the National Shake-a-Leg Foundation

2007/2008 - National Book Tour for "At The Mercy of The Sea."

Television and Radio Appearances:

2011-1984 - More than 35 television and radio appearances on national and local programs, including: CBS Morning News, WNBC, BBC, NPR and PBS.

I have appeared in commercial advertising, both print and broadcast media for: Forespar Inc., Harken, Latitudes and Attitudes TV, Rescue Tape, I have received sponsorship from: Selden, Flex-o-fold, Super Sailmakers, Switlik, Spring Cove Marina, Sailing Magazine, Walker Bay, Hylas Yachts, and others.


Areas of Expertise: Sailing, Navigation, Adventure Travel, Rules of the Road/Expert Witness, Nautical History, Nautical Literature, and Photography

Education: Michigan State University

Age: 53  •  Health: Excellent

John Kretschmer
1300 SW 18th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

yayablues.com  •  jrkretschmer@gmail.com

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Two new trips have been added for 2019: Trans Caribe 3 and Adriatic/ Ionian Passage. Click here for details.


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