About Jerry

Captain Jerry Vander Veen absolutely loves to be on the water.  Whether racing his own sailboat, crewing on another’s faster (and more expensive) sailboat, commercial work on power boats, delivery of sail and motor yachts world-wide, or giving instruction to other fun-lovers and thrill-seekers, Jerry feels quite comfortable on the water.

The following is a  brief CV (Curriculum Vitae):

  • USCG License #USA000342627 Master of Steam, Motor or Sail 100GRT NC;  Assistance towing endorsement
  • USCG Licensed Mate, Steam, Motor or Sail 200GRT, NC; Commercial Assistance towing
  • Domestic STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping)
  • USCG AB (Able Seaman Special) certification
  • USCG Lifeboatman (Proficiency in Survival Craft) certification
  • USCG Fast Rescue Boat, including Search and Rescue certificate
  • Current TWIC card (Transportation Workers Identification Credential)
  • Certified for 200 Ton Master by Columbia Pacific Maritime with <80 additional days on large vessels required
  • Over 4000 documented days underway accepted for licensing by USCG
  • Enviably clean safety record
  • “Boat of the year” from Anacortes Yacht Club racing program 8 of past 11 years
  • Master Sailboat Rigger for Northwest Rigging, Anacortes WA 2007-2017
  • Professional Boating Instructor since 2006
  • Specialty: power boat instruction, single or twin screw; sailboats
  • Commodore, Anacortes Yacht Club 2009
  • Experienced Master of 16′ to 122′ vessels, voyages from 350 feet to 3500 NM
  • Fluent in Espanol
  • Licensed Ham Radio (General) K7JVV
  • Washington State Liquor Control Board, Class 12 Mixologist Permit
  • Food servers Permit, Skagit County Health Department
  • Adult CPR w/ AED certificate, American Red Cross
  • First Aid certificate, American Red Cross
  • Doctor of Divinity, Universal Life Church ( he can legally Marry, Bury, & Council )
  • Theatre: past stage and screen actor, stage director
  • Multiple trips up & down the US Pacific coast, motor & sail
  • Intimate knowledge of the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands
  • Master of sailing trips in the Greek & Caribbean Islands (multiple voyages), inside passage (BC), Baja California, SE Alaska
  • Crossed the Pacific from the Galapagos to the French Marquesas (longest non-stop voyage possible via boat)
  • Eternal Optimist and lover of FUN