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Tom Brown, Varsity Sailing Coach
Hannah Gray, Sailing Master
Eric Jergenson, Small Craft Master, Schooner Bowdoin
Tina Pitchford, 207-326-2364
Tim Leach, Marine Operations Manager
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.
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
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.
SAILOR OF THE WEEK
FEBRUARY 13-19, 2008Captain 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.