"In today's age of digital technology, anyone can navigate with a map. Joel moves beyond the map, showing his guests a privileged window into off-the-beaten-path gems nestled within small islands that brim with rich history. He reaches this respected level by investing himself in the history of sailing and islands' residents, and passionately conveys inspiring learned knowledge to his passengers." (adventurousmainer, TripAdvisor Review August 2014)
Joel has been sailing our 40' wooden sloop Tammy Norie in Penobscot Bay for more than twenty years. He's a seasoned, friendly captain who will help you feel right at home sailing in Penobscot Bay. Fun and safety are Joel's main objectives, no matter where he is sailing or who is aboard. Beyond his sailing and seamanship skills, Joel is a nationally certified emergency medical responder, a home builder, a diversified trades teacher for Midcoast School of Technology at North Haven Community School, and a dad.
Joel's Background: Twenty years ago, Joel was a student on a Hurricane Island Outward Bound sea expedition aboard an open Pulling Boat. Since that trip in 1994, he has taken many opportunities to spend time at sea. Joel spent years working as a deckhand on the schooner Roseway from the Caribbean to Maine; he fished in the commercial lobster industry working a winter as a sternman on Monhegan Island and two years as a deckhand offshore in the Gulf of Maine; he worked for ten years teaching and supporting sea programs for Outward Bound in Maine, Florida and the Caribbean (in the same 30' pulling boats he was first introduced to on Hurricane Island). Most notably, Joel worked as a mate aboard the 40' wooden sloop Tammy Norie he now owns and runs his sail charter business from on North Haven Island in Penobscot Bay. Joel was initially aboard as mate to Mike Rowland as they sailed Tammy Norie on four trans-atlantic voyages, where he gained a deep love, respect and appreciation for the ocean.
Having learned as an adult from patient instructors and having taught sailing to many people of all ages and backgrounds, Joel is very comfortable sharing his knowledge and sailing skills, and enjoys helping others to find the beauty and simplicity in what can be a complex learning process.
Depending on the size of your party and charter package, you may be accompanied by Amy Peterson, who serves as a crew member, and at times, photographer during Blue Yonder sails. Amy has been sailing since a young age. Like Joel, she worked for many years teaching others to sail and gain appreciation for seamanship and camaraderie on the water, although in the form of dinghy racing, primarily in Casco Bay, for Harraseeket Yacht Club. Today, Amy works as a high school teacher at North Haven Community School, and does freelance photography in her spare time. She has also been a licensed emergency medical responder, but is currently focused on raising two young boys.
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