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Monty and Sara
Authors Monty and Sara Lewis have spent over 20 winter seasons cruising the Bahamas. With a love for the Bahamas and the help of their shoal-draft motor vessel Saranade and GPS technology, they have created these charts and cruising guides to make it easier and more pleasant for cruising folks to enjoy a taste of paradise so close to the mainland of North America. Monty grew up in the waters around Ocean City, Maryland, and he and Sara conducted summer daysailing trips for shoreside visitors in their sloop VIVACIOUS for 12 years. Monty has held U.S. Coast Guard License for more than 40 years and is a past commodore of the Eastern Shore Sailing Association and a retired Maryland State Police Sergeant. Sara's background in English and journalism have helped her in layout and design of the chartbooks and compiling Need-to-Know Info and other articles.
Executive Editor/General Manager Kate Fears holds a 50-ton USCG Captain's License and is a past member of the U.S. Sailing Team as well as an All-American dinghy sailor from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She also served as instructor and program director for J-World Performance Sailing School while living in Key West, Florida, and as assistant coach of the Georgetown University sailing team while in Washington, D.C. Currently, she mamages Lewis Offshore Ltd. and assists the Explorer Team while bringing up the newest member of the family and future Coast Guard Admiral. Her background in publishing, journalism, marine biology, business, and cartography enhances the writing, graphic design, and marketing of Explorer Chartbooks.
Rick Butler commanded two U.S. Navy ships and logged over 500,000 sea miles on ships' bridges before retiring with his wife Carol to cruise aboard their motor yacht ZIPPITY in U.S. and Bahamian waters and anchor landside in Beaufort, SC. He has coached offshore sailing at the Naval Academy, holds the Navy's highest level of sailing qualification, and founded a yacht club in Japan. He holds a USCG Master's License and has commuted throughout the Bahamas over many winters. He and Carol are Rear Commodores of the Seven Seas Sailing Association and active members of the Great Loopers' Association.
Chris Parker studied Meteorology in college and has been forecasting weather and having fun around boats since he was 10 years old. His experience as a hangliderpilot contributes to his knowledge of wind pattern forecasts. He has extensive experience cruising and forecasting weather in the Bahamas and US East Coast. Chris uses his expertise in SSB radio and e-mail, satellite phone technology and marine electronics and computers to forecast the weather for the Caribbean Marine Weather Center.
Frank Ready has been sailing all his life, learning to sail as a teenager in Japan. He and his wife Pat have lived aboard their
Intrepid 40 FOREWINDS since 1986, cruising the Bahamas, Caribbean, and U.S. Frank is a retired electrical engineer and has spent his timaboard learning to read the weather and to use various sources to make weather-related decisions as a liveaboard sailor.
Bruce Woodbury and Kimberly Grant have been active with boating all their lives. Bruce served as a merchant marine aboard oceanographic research vessels for NOAA and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Kimberly began sailing regularly after a stint at summer camp at age 10. They have been cruising their catamaran in the Bahamas and Western Caribbean since 1995. Kimberly is a freelance photographer and writer; her work has been published by numerous boating and tropical lifestyle publications.
Rick and Carol Butler, Pete and Chris Dawson, Jerry and Dotty Farquhar, Spence and Dale Langford, Ron and Mary-Kay Lindquist, Bruce Woodbury and Kimberly Grant, George and Nancy Marvin, Glen and Nancy Maxwell, and Tom "Duffy" McMurray, Frank and Pat Ready.
Ali Ball, Dotty Farquhar, and Kimberly Grant
(Click on photo album of Explorer Team members below)
Advisers (We are grateful to many people throughout the Bahamas who have shared their local knowledge to help us provide you with the most timely and precise chart data and facilities information on hand.)
Terry & Ernestine Bain; Doug Black; Tryphena Bowe-Knowles; Charles & Judy Bowen; "Castro" Burroughs; Mario & Claudia Cartwright; Leslie & Patrice Curtis; Sister Eileen; Richard Ellis, Exuma Park Staff; Kenneth & Ruth and Kendall Farquharson; Enoch Ferguson; Andy, Basil, Chester, Jimmy, and Joe Fox; Jeorg Fries; Harry & Willis Harding; Tom & Wendy Hebbert; Skip & Cherylle Hird; David Hocher; George & Toby Hohenstein; Roy & Susan Hopper; Paul & Judy Howard; Michael Skinner & Robyn Hunter; Danny Knowles; Bob & Fran Little; Barbara Thrall & Ian MacBeth; Joan Mann; George & Nancy Marvin; John & Diane McDowell; Jim & Judy McGuire; Basin, Jane, Mike & Sandy Minns; Eris Moncur; Roosevelt & Boleyn Nixon; Terrence & Ida Patton; Woody Perry; Hexton Pinder; Kent & Diane Polley; Berkie & Vivien, Clyde & Elvey, Hallan, Henry, Kevin, Lorraine & Isaiah, Trevor, and Tucker Rolle; Stephen Rose; Bailey & Rainie, Cecil, Simon & Diane, and Steve Smith; Stephen Wilson.