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VARSITY SAILING TEAM

Tom Brown, Varsity Sailing Coach
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SUPPLEMENTAL SEAMANSHIP/REC. SAILING

Hannah Gray, Sailing Master
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TRADITIONAL SAILING

Eric Jergenson, Small Craft Master, Schooner Bowdoin
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WATERFRONT OPERATIONS

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Tina Pitchford, 207-326-2364
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Tim Leach, Marine Operations Manager
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Tom Brown - Varsity Sailing Coach

Tom was introduced to sailing the coast of Maine by his parents, at the age of 8.  Two years later the Brown family faced the loss of Tom's lower right leg to cancer.  That didn't affect his love of the sport- he has been sailing and racing with an prosthetic leg ever since.      

Tom joined Maine Maritime Academy as Varsity Sailing Coach in the late fall of 2008.

In 1997 he dedicated himself to an Olympic campaign and two years later he was a nationally ranked member of the 1999 US Sailing Team  in the Soling class.

Significant Achievements

2000  2.4 Meter Paralympics Bronze Medalist  

2001 US Sailing’s Male Athlete of the Year            

2001  2.4 Meter World Silver Medalist                    

2002  World Disabled Sailing 2.4 Meter Bronze Medalist                     

 2004  Paralympics Silver Medalist                            

2006  Pretrial’s Gold Medalist                                 

2007  Disabled Sonar World Silver Medalist          

2008  Disabled Sonar Trials Silver Medalist

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Eric Jergenson - Small Craft Master

Captain, schooner Bowdoin

Captain Eric Jergenson is an MMA graduate of the Small Vessel Operations major, currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine.

While a student at MMA, Jergenson was a member of the dingy team and was active in many aspects of sailing at the Academy.

He has sailed aboard MMA’s schooner Bowdoin in positions ranging from Deckhand to Relief Master from points south of Boston to the Arctic,  since 20__, and was named Captain of the Bowdoin in Spring 2010.                                                                  

US SAILING'S
SAILOR OF THE WEEK
FEBRUARY 13-19, 2008
Captain Jergenson holds a USCG license for Auxiliary Sail Vessels upon Oceans and is a US SAILING Certified Coastal Passage Making and a Small Boat Level I Instructor. He is also an Instructor Trainer at the Basic Keelboat and Cruising levels within US SAILING.

As Small Craft Master, Captain Jergenson spends the Fall Semesters teaching sections of Basic Sailing, Intermediate Sailing, and Advanced Sail Vessel Handling.  Other courses include Seamanship Labs, and several summer courses including Boating on the Coast of Maine; a course for high school students, and Seamanship for Women through the Continuing Education Department.  Summers are when the training sessions for students take place, each session two weeks long, generally traveling to Nova Scotia with many ports in between.

 

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