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Instructor Bios

John Martino
Susann Martino
Matt Benhoff
Ralph Naranjo
Bob Campbell
Paul Truelove

John Martino
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 Martino
Vice President

Master 100-Tons

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.


Matt Benhoff
Vice President of Operations

Master 100-Tons

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.


Ralph Naranjo
Instructor

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 Campbell
Instructor

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
Instructor

Master 100-Tons

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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