Captain Brendan and Chef Jess have worked together exploring the waters of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, delighting and inspiring guests to have amazing adventures and memories to last a life time.
Born and raised on the Sailish Sea (Puget Sound and the surrounding waters), Brendan has been exploring, playing, and racing in these waters his whole life. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Earth and Space Science, he'll be happy (excited!) to share with you all he can about the unique geology, biology, and climate of this amazing archipelago of islands. Brendan has a 100 Ton US Coast Guard Masters License, is a US Sailing Certified Instructor, and has been coaching or teaching sailing for almost two decades. He sits on three separate non-profit sailing Boards, has competed in international regattas around the world at the highest level, and has sailed across the Pacific Ocean three times. There's no place he'd rather be than the San Juan Islands...but when he's not, you might find him hiking in the Cascades with his yellow lab, Scout.
Jess grew up in the valley nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the San Juan Islands. With a well earned Esthetician Degree she has had the privilege and joy of following her dreams and doing what she loves, while also being a small business owner and entrepreneur. The "sailing bug" caught Jess a little later in life than some, but she's been making up for lost time, having logged over 10,000 sea miles in the last few years. Spending several Summers on a first class operation, The Alaskan Story, in SE Alaska brought Jess' skills as a Chef, Stew, and Guide to the highest level.
Captain Judy and Captain Griff
With over 70 years combined knowledge and skill, Captain Judy and Captain Griff are sailing into retirement! We feel so lucky to have their thoughts, advice, and help behind us as we chart a new chapter for Sail Northwest!