Owning and operating Curlew has proven to be the highlight of some forty years of boating. A traditional plank on frame racing schooner she is like no other sailboat I have ever experienced. With her graceful Alden lines she is a beauty to behold from a distance, but even that pales to the experience of feeling her cut through the waves as she responds to the gentle winds off Dana Point. Then there is something about the wood/water/wind connection that provides a grounding, a connectedness, or oneness, with nature. So I invite you to journey with me and explore all that a day on the ocean can provide.
Ed is a retired general contractor who likes to fill his days with sailing. Introduced to sailing in Newport Harbor 1946, Ed has continued to race and day sail in Southern California and Mexican waters whenever possible. Most notable voyage prior to joining the crew of Curlew was sailing the entire distance from Panama to Newport Beach, that’s about 2,900 miles as the crow flies.
John is one of our busier crew members who is presently a full time Medic with the Orange City Fire Department. He is a licensed Emergency Medical Instructor that keeps our crew tuned and up to date on any and all First Aid procedures. He has several thousand Sea miles with one seventeen day passage to Hawaii from Long Beach and a great story of how he married his wife Konnie aboard his Ericson 30 Sloop in the Sea of Cortez.
I’m an ex Navy tin can sailor from the Vietnam War era. My first ocean sailing experience was a trip to Santa Cruz Island back in 1989. Since then I have done 12 Newport to Ensenada races and numerous other races up and down the coast as well as cruises to all the Channel Islands except San Nicolas. My longest blue water cruise, other than crossing the Pacific three times on a Navy frigate, was a trip from Suva, Fiji to Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Crewing aboard the schooner CURLEW is definitely a high point in my sailing life.
Tom grew up in Southern California sailing, surfing and fishing our local waters. He is a USCG licensed Captain with decades of boating and sailing experience. He has completed numerous costal passages as far south as Acapulco Mexico and north to Vancouver BC and has voyaged on ocean crossings from North America to the South Pacific and beyond. When not sailing on Curlew, you will find Tom sharing his own boat, fishing and diving our local Channel Islands.
Crystal brings over 30 years of sailing experience to the crew of Curlew. She first learned to sail in the waters off of the coast of Maine. She has lived on both the east and west coasts, which has allowed her to own boats on both coasts and sail the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. She has taken several courses on sailing as well as coastal navigation courses. Prior to joining the Curlew crew she was a crew member on the charter boat “Spirit” in Dana Point. She enjoys sailing over to Catalina Island and chartering in the British Virgin Islands
The youngest of the crew, Richie grew up sailing on his families Coronado 34, and was still a teenager when he first soloed it to Catalina. He is now in his second year crewing on Curlew and has become a valued member of the team.
Having grown up on the desert, KC was a late bloomer to the world of sailing, but an enthusiastic learner, who is now a USCG licensed master captain. She has captained cruises in French Polynesia, the British Virgin Islands, and the Sea of Cortez for all-female crews. When staying local, she works on corporate regattas, private charters, and giving sailing lessons, as well as driving a power tour boat in Newport Harbor. None of those boat gigs delight her half as much as crewing aboard the magnificent Curlew. Her little Newport 30, ‘Gypsea’, remains her favorite ride over to Catalina and Santa Barbara islands.