Founder and President
Master 500-Tons, All Oceans
Captain John Martino holds a 500 Gross Ton, All-Oceans captain's license from the
US Coast Guard. He is an experienced professional captain with a 20-year
background in marine training, as well as more than 1500 sea days upon waters
ranging from the Great Lakes to Panama. John has served as captain on
ocean-going vessels up to 105 feet, and has done extensive yacht delivery work.
As founder and president of Annapolis School of Seamanship, he produces and
leads courses ranging from basic navigation and seamanship for recreational
boaters to professional mariner training for licensed captains up to 200
gross tons. John also writes boat reviews for Chesapeake Bay Magazine.
Susann is a Maryland native and 20-year veteran Annapolis Sailing School
instructor/captain. She holds a 100 Ton Coast Guard captain's license and is a
U.S. Sailing certified instructor. Susann was featured in Outside Magazine for
her career as a sailing instructor and ski professional. She also received
recognition in Chesapeake Bay Magazine for her contribution to the United States
Sailboat and Powerboat Shows as the "voice of boat shows". She has extensive
sailing experience in the Chesapeake and Caribbean, and is a graduate of West
Virginia University. Susann serves as
vice president of the Annapolis School of Seamanship.
Vice President of Operations
Captain Matt Benhoff holds a USCG Master 100 gross tons, near coastal license. He has been a full-time professional mariner for nearly ten years and is a lifelong boater. In his early years in the industry, Matt worked as a sailing instructor for the Miles River Yacht Club where he taught beginner through advanced racers and eventually lead the program as Head Sailing Instructor.
In 2006 Matt joined the U.S. Coast Guard and became a Boatswain Mate. Stationed in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, he served as a boarding officer and commanded a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and 25-foot RBS. As a USCG coxswain he was responsible for leading law enforcement as well as search and rescue missions.
After leaving the Coast Guard Matt joined the team at Annapolis School of Seamanship as an instructor captain. Captain Benhoff now serves as Vice President of Operations for the school and is responsible for overseeing instructors, performing training and curriculum development for recreational boaters, professional mariners, and military personnel.
As an instructor for Annapolis School of Seamanship, Captain Benhoff has served on training passages and yacht deliveries in the Chesapeake Bay, ICW, Pacific Northwest, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Matt also heads up the Professional Mariner Credentialing program at Annapolis School of Seamanship.
Currently the electronics editor of SAIL magazine and the technical
editor of Practical Sailor, Ralph Naranjo is also finishing up a seamanship
text book to be published by McGraw-Hill. During his ten year stint as the
Vanderstar Chair at the US Naval Academy, he augmented safety and seamanship
training and played a key role in the development of the new sail training
sloops purchased by the Navy.
His sailing background includes a five year family voyage around the world,
the management and development of a full service boatyard, and a regular written
presence in boating magazines, journals and books. He and his wife Lenore have
made two other lengthy cruises aboard Wind Shadow, a 41 foot sloop the
Naranjo's have owned for over three decades. During the past 15 years he
has moderated US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminars across the country, and
now as an adjunct lecturer at the Annapolis School of Seamanship, he and
school owner John Martino are developing a new line of courses tailored to
specific cruising interests.
Bob is the owner and founder of
Marine Electric Systems, LLC.
He is an ABYC certified electrical technician with over 30 years experience
in the industry. His company specializes in the design and installation of
electrical systems for serious cruising vessels. Bob has designed systems
for new custom vessels, as well as refits and upgrades for older boats.
One of his largest project to date was a system upgrade for the
Pride of Baltimore ll.
Bob is a local Chesapeake Bay sailor with experience ranging from
aboard a ship in the military, to a number of bluewater coastal and
ocean passages. In addition to his career as professional marine
electrician, he designs and teaches the electrical systems courses
at the Annapolis School of Seamanship. Bob also write articles for
trade publications and frequently gives seminars at various boat
shows, clubs and other organizations.
Paul Truelove is a certified navigation instructor with 20 years sailing and
motorboat experience. Paul began his teaching career with the United States
Power Squadron in 1987 culminating in his being named Teacher of the Year in
1991-93 and again in 1995.
Paul moved to Annapolis, MD in 2002 where he became associated with the
Annapolis Sailing School and later the Annapolis School of Seamanship. He
teaches navigation and cruising classes at both schools. The curriculum
includes 2-day navigation seminars, as well as 5-day cruising classes. He
also participates in offshore deliveries for Annapolis Yacht Management, as well
as for private individuals. In 2007, Paul was certified by the American Sailing
Association as a Coastal Navigation Instructor.
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