Niger Calder is the author of Marine Diesel Engines (1987, 1991) and Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual (1989, 1995), the success of which has made him the most sought-after marine how-to writer in the U.S. and U.K. He has published more than 800 magazine articles in SAIL, Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Yachting World, etc., and lectures on cruising to sell-out crowds. He is also the author of The Cruising Guide to The Northwest Caribbean (IM, 1991) and Cuba: A Cruising Guide (Imray, 1996). He will be testing his newest ideas with his family during a six-month cruise to the Caribbean and South America this winter.
John Rousmaniere is a national authority on sailing and seamanship, a household name among boaters, and a first-rate writer by any standard. He is the author of 18 books, including Fastnet, Force 10 (W.W. Norton), which has sold nearly 100,000 copies since 1980, and The Annapolis Book of Seamanship (Simon & Schuster), which is considered the standard work on seamanship under sail and has sold 250,000 copies since 1983. His other titles include a history of yachting, The Golden Pastime (W.W. Norton), two histories of the America's Cup race, and a history of the yacht America. He wrote the navigation section of the Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia and compiled the Illustrated Dictionary of Boating Terms (W.W. Norton, 1998). He has written the histories of institutions such as Columbia University, The Equitable Life Assurance Company, and the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. He lectures at Safety-at-Sea seminars across the country, writes a column on seamanship for the online magazine SailNet (www.sailnet.com), and regularly publishes articles in the boating press. He has been interviewed on the Learning Channel, A&E, and CNN. He has sailed more than 35,000 miles, including three Atlantic crossings. He holds a master's in history from Columbia University and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological. HOMETOWN: Stamford, CT
Bill Gladstone is the director of North U, a division of North Sails, Inc. North Sails has become the world leader in sailmaking through an ongoing commitment to making sails faster, lighter and longer lasting. North Sails produces more cruising sails to higher standards of performance and durability than any other sailmaker in the world. The company also provides sailing courses through its popular North U. instructional seminars. These courses emphasize practical, proven techniques used by today's leading sailors. Hometown: Madison, CT
Bob Sweet has more than 30 years of experience in the technology and electronics markets and 30 years of boating experience. He has held engineering and senior executive management positions with a number of companies including GTE, Harris, ABA Industries, Inframetrics and Elbit Systems - the last three at the President and CEO level. He has both BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Penn State. He started his career as a radar and communications system engineer and, throughout his career, gained extensive experience with GPS including managing a corporate business unit that developed major portions of GPS for the Air Force. More recently, Bob was instrumental in the boating education for the Power Squadrons in Southeastern New England.HOMETOWN: East Falmouth, MA
Peter Nielsen,editor of SAIL Magazine, was previously editor of Yachting Monthly magazine in the UK. An experienced sailor who has cruised and raced worldwide, he is also the author Sailpower: Trim & Techniques for Cruising Sailors (2004). Hometown: Marblehead, MA
Charlie Wing received his Ph.D. in oceanography from MIT, where he later worked as a research scientist. Since then his career has been explaining how things work--teaching physics at Bowdoin College, founding America’s first two do-it-yourself house-building schools (the Shelter Institute and Cornerstone), hosting a PBS series on energy conservation, and writing a dozen top-selling books on home building, home maintenance, and remodeling. Wing lived aboard a cruising sailboat for six years, during which time he wrote the first edition of this book on a solar-powered Macintosh computer. He is the author of four other IM books.
Richard A. Clinchy, III, PhD, EMT-P, has been involved in emergency medical services in either a full-time or volunteer capacity for over 40 years. Dr. Clinchy provides training assistance or train-the-trainer programs for services or military units wishing to implement the FAST1 intraosseous device. He has been involved in EMS education, consulting, lecturing and provision of emergency care in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. From 1991 to 2004, he was founder and chairman of The American College of Prehospital Medicine. He is the developer of the Dive/First Responder network, a former professional firefighter and public safety officer, a certified hyperbaric technologist, a paramedic, a member of the National Association of EMS Physicians, a member and former board member of the Special Operations Medical Association, author of over 150 published articles, author, principal author or lead editor of seven books on diving and/or emergency medicine, and author of the emergency medical care chapter of the most recent edition of the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration) Diving Manual. He received the National Leadership Award from the National Association of EMT’s in 1988, and was that organization’s Instructor/Coordinator of the Year in 1989. He is a fellow of The Explorers Club, a member of The Camp Fire Club of America, and Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Department of Education as well as Deputy Director of its National Marketing Group. Hometown: Navarre, FL