Captain Fletcher.

Captain Fletcher James Herndon, III 559 16th street, Suite 310 Oakland, California 94612 Cell phone: 510 701 0418 Email: jayherndon@gmail.com Objective: My goal is to use a lifetime of boating, sailing, teaching, chartering and diving experience to begin a new career in the maritime as a sail instructor, and/or private yacht captain on a large sailboat. Yacht Master Work Experience Experience: 1977-1978-worked summers as a crew-boat: crew, in Houma, LA in the oil platforms in Gulf of Mexico 1979-1981 trained and passed my USCG license one hundred ton Captain in 1979 and began working summers driving crew boats to the oil platforms delivering people to and from work shifts of various types like two weeks on and two week off. Supplemented my income by commercial fishing the platforms when we were to wait for crew release for transport back to port sometimes several days but usually a half a day, it doubled my income; they don’t allow that these days. 1984 was a captain of a 79’ sail boat out of Miami to Bimini on a weeklong Dive charter trip over the whole year. 1985 me and a sailing friend Chuck Hudspeth decided to get into the sailing charter business and bought a good used Irwin 34’ we added boats as our charter business grew. Chuck did the week day charters while I ran my computer business and did my share of chartering on the weekends. In Destin, Florida a popular tourist spot for the entire southeastern USA we ran our charter business until 2002 when a Hurricane came through and wiped out our entire fleet of 8 boats, ranging from our original Irwin to a 25’ Catalina up to my personal DuFour 40’. They were all moved and stored in a cove where we hoped the brunt of the storm might miss us, bad gamble. I raced the DuFour mostly at yacht racing events all over Florida and the US virgin islands we won a few and I was in Sailing magazine as a popular winning captain at a lot of racing tournaments and used that to campaign my way onto to the 1987 Americas Cup Team Stars & Stripes led by Dennis Connors in a revenge match to win back the cup he had lost in 1983 to Australia. Though I did not make the first team I was a backup for injured or unable to participate players especially the jib crew. I trained with the members of this team like I did in football at FSU in college, we ran and did calestinics and even weight machines and was doing Skull duggery (play planning for different circumstances that we might encounter during our sailing for that afternoon). We hit the training room by 6am every day and came in from on the water, maneuvering our daily skull duggerey session, by 8pm. This was the famous winged keel race and we tried various keels and such on several boats new sails all the new technology was available to us to build a winning team. The closer to the race time we went to Hawaii to continue our sailing because it would be more like Perth Australia than San Diego. And I was one of the now somewhat famous mishaps, when we took out a boat before the new keel attachment had cured unbeknown to us at the time and under full sail flying along all of a sudden the keel ripped loose and we turtled about a mile offshore. The whole crew was catapulted from our positions on deck, then hung on to the bottom-up hull and waited for the coast guard helicopter to come and rescued us after about an hour in the water; we all spent the night in the hospital for exposure, that deep Pacific Ocean is so cold. Only real injury one guy broke his forearm on a wench while flying through the air when we were thrown into the Ocean. 2000 to 2008-I was a personal captain on a Hatteras 60 were worked all the billfish tournaments searching the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico and the near coast off the Atlantic rarely over two hundred miles off shore on any trip. I became very adept at keeping my beautiful vessel in like new condition and got to be pretty good at catching bill fish as well. Or just more lucky. Spring of 2008 after the owner had severe heart problems I was assigned the task of selling the Hatteras. We did well selling as we had won several tournaments and there was a lot of interest in buying our boat. That summer in pursuit of just doing something different I went west to Oregon and became a tour boat driver at Crater Lake. A wonderful and beautiful place to go and an easy job with living quarters and food included. After the summer season I went south to Oakland to meet with the union for housing and a job as I was assured by the union in Washington DC. Got there and had nothing for me no housing nor any open jobs. I found a hotel and spent the night and been there or nearby there ever since. I have been delivering sailing yachts up and down the west coast. Applying and hoping for an open position on a private yacht; one that cruises from the summers in the Mediterranean to the winters in the Virgin Islands, I’m 55 now and been sailing since I was nine. Self-taught. In growing up in Florida water is never very far away and I had been sailing with an outdoorsman sports writer and friend of my fathers and bought his AMC Sunfish with my paper route money and dad took me to Lake Jackson where it was sink or swim so to speak. I knew the basics from sailing with Bob Burgess the outdoorsman sports writer. Later I graduated up to the Hobie 16’ catamarans racing the local events and learning the technical details of racing successfully throughout my teen years. Highlights there was winning the Hogs Breath 1000 a nonstop three man team going 1000 miles from Charleston, South Carolina to Ft Walton Beach, Florida on exactly the same Hobie 16’s with two men on the boat and swapping one out at the various check points on the route. Tiring and slow after we hit the calm water with no breeze staring at our reflections in the mirror-like water for two days off the shore of Daytona. But even with the doldrums of the windless days near Daytona we still completed our task in about 7 days. In the US and British Virgin Isles Chuck Hudspeth and I took two of our larger sailboats there and spent two winters there chartering our boats during the winters and home back to Destin FL. for the great summers there in the early 1980’s. Education: 1981 B.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry at Florida State University in fulfilling the requirements under the PIMS program (Program In Medical Studies) basically premed with a 4.0 average. Attended Emery University Medical school for one year and dropped out because I felt the career as a medical doctor under socialized medicine would all but make me a government employee with a limited income of what $50k a year I’d never be able to pay back a student loan for over $400K for the four plus years there and was selling microcomputers and building them myself to my fellow students and knew I’d do better to just chase the tech industry instead of going down the dead end road to what then looked like we would be following Canada into socialized medicine before I would even graduate. In 2001 I went to University Of West Florida and received a Master’s degree in Tech Ed. Continued my 4.0 average. That’s for technology education; a computer tutor. 1987-1999 Completed advanced open water diver certification and enriched air (NITROX) diver certification and advanced diving with rebreathers. NADI and PADI licensed. Developed an ROV for video under water from a boat without the 40k pricelist of the then ROV’s (Remote operated vehicle). I was offered a grant to come to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute but I had to turn down the opportunity because my then fiancé would just not let me go. The key thing about my system over the competition was I developed a new way for machine language to be transmitted underwater via sonic waves converted from Radio Frequency waves. Meaning video camera and focus long or short distance. It was all digital.no expensive long tethering was needed to transfer machine language or video through the water. Sending machine language via sound waves was to control the device turn left then right etc. and when to run the 1986 Completed PADI SCUBA diving certification course, at Aquanaut, Destin, FL. A selfie portrait Other Miscellaneous skills: I am an artist/illustrator a certified le cordon bleu chef. Also to note I was a wide receiver playing football for 4 years, while seeking my BS degrees at FSU, under my second father so to speak Bobby Bowden. Read More

Captain Fletcher James Herndon, III 559 16th street, Suite 310 Oakland, California 94612 Cell phone: 510 701 0418 Email: jayherndon@gmail.com Objective: My goal is to use a lifetime of boating, sailing, teaching, chartering and diving experience to begin a new career in the maritime as a sail instructor, and/or private yacht captain on a large sailboat. Yacht Master Work Experience Experience: 1977-1978-worked summers as a crew-boat: crew, in Houma, LA in the oil platforms in Gulf of Mexico 1979-1981 trained and passed my USCG license one hundred ton Captain in 1979 and began working summers driving crew boats to the oil platforms delivering people to and from work shifts of various types like two weeks on and two week off. Supplemented my income by commercial fishing the platforms when we were to wait for crew release for transport back to port sometimes several days but usually a half a day, it doubled my income; they don’t allow that these days. 1984 was a captain of a 79’ sail boat out of Miami to Bimini on a weeklong Dive charter trip over the whole year. 1985 me and a sailing friend Chuck Hudspeth decided to get into the sailing charter business and bought a good used Irwin 34’ we added boats as our charter business grew. Chuck did the week day charters while I ran my computer business and did my share of chartering on the weekends. In Destin, Florida a popular tourist spot for the entire southeastern USA we ran our charter business until 2002 when a Hurricane came through and wiped out our entire fleet of 8 boats, ranging from our original Irwin to a 25’ Catalina up to my personal DuFour 40’. They were all moved and stored in a cove where we hoped the brunt of the storm might miss us, bad gamble. I raced the DuFour mostly at yacht racing events all over Florida and the US virgin islands we won a few and I was in Sailing magazine as a popular winning captain at a lot of racing tournaments and used that to campaign my way onto to the 1987 Americas Cup Team Stars & Stripes led by Dennis Connors in a revenge match to win back the cup he had lost in 1983 to Australia. Though I did not make the first team I was a backup for injured or unable to participate players especially the jib crew. I trained with the members of this team like I did in football at FSU in college, we ran and did calestinics and even weight machines and was doing Skull duggery (play planning for different circumstances that we might encounter during our sailing for that afternoon). We hit the training room by 6am every day and came in from on the water, maneuvering our daily skull duggerey session, by 8pm. This was the famous winged keel race and we tried various keels and such on several boats new sails all the new technology was available to us to build a winning team. The closer to the race time we went to Hawaii to continue our sailing because it would be more like Perth Australia than San Diego. And I was one of the now somewhat famous mishaps, when we took out a boat before the new keel attachment had cured unbeknown to us at the time and under full sail flying along all of a sudden the keel ripped loose and we turtled about a mile offshore. The whole crew was catapulted from our positions on deck, then hung on to the bottom-up hull and waited for the coast guard helicopter to come and rescued us after about an hour in the water; we all spent the night in the hospital for exposure, that deep Pacific Ocean is so cold. Only real injury one guy broke his forearm on a wench while flying through the air when we were thrown into the Ocean. 2000 to 2008-I was a personal captain on a Hatteras 60 were worked all the billfish tournaments searching the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico and the near coast off the Atlantic rarely over two hundred miles off shore on any trip. I became very adept at keeping my beautiful vessel in like new condition and got to be pretty good at catching bill fish as well. Or just more lucky. Spring of 2008 after the owner had severe heart problems I was assigned the task of selling the Hatteras. We did well selling as we had won several tournaments and there was a lot of interest in buying our boat. That summer in pursuit of just doing something different I went west to Oregon and became a tour boat driver at Crater Lake. A wonderful and beautiful place to go and an easy job with living quarters and food included. After the summer season I went south to Oakland to meet with the union for housing and a job as I was assured by the union in Washington DC. Got there and had nothing for me no housing nor any open jobs. I found a hotel and spent the night and been there or nearby there ever since. I have been delivering sailing yachts up and down the west coast. Applying and hoping for an open position on a private yacht; one that cruises from the summers in the Mediterranean to the winters in the Virgin Islands, I’m 55 now and been sailing since I was nine. Self-taught. In growing up in Florida water is never very far away and I had been sailing with an outdoorsman sports writer and friend of my fathers and bought his AMC Sunfish with my paper route money and dad took me to Lake Jackson where it was sink or swim so to speak. I knew the basics from sailing with Bob Burgess the outdoorsman sports writer. Later I graduated up to the Hobie 16’ catamarans racing the local events and learning the technical details of racing successfully throughout my teen years. Highlights there was winning the Hogs Breath 1000 a nonstop three man team going 1000 miles from Charleston, South Carolina to Ft Walton Beach, Florida on exactly the same Hobie 16’s with two men on the boat and swapping one out at the various check points on the route. Tiring and slow after we hit the calm water with no breeze staring at our reflections in the mirror-like water for two days off the shore of Daytona. But even with the doldrums of the windless days near Daytona we still completed our task in about 7 days. In the US and British Virgin Isles Chuck Hudspeth and I took two of our larger sailboats there and spent two winters there chartering our boats during the winters and home back to Destin FL. for the great summers there in the early 1980’s. Education: 1981 B.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry at Florida State University in fulfilling the requirements under the PIMS program (Program In Medical Studies) basically premed with a 4.0 average. Attended Emery University Medical school for one year and dropped out because I felt the career as a medical doctor under socialized medicine would all but make me a government employee with a limited income of what $50k a year I’d never be able to pay back a student loan for over $400K for the four plus years there and was selling microcomputers and building them myself to my fellow students and knew I’d do better to just chase the tech industry instead of going down the dead end road to what then looked like we would be following Canada into socialized medicine before I would even graduate. In 2001 I went to University Of West Florida and received a Master’s degree in Tech Ed. Continued my 4.0 average. That’s for technology education; a computer tutor. 1987-1999 Completed advanced open water diver certification and enriched air (NITROX) diver certification and advanced diving with rebreathers. NADI and PADI licensed. Developed an ROV for video under water from a boat without the 40k pricelist of the then ROV’s (Remote operated vehicle). I was offered a grant to come to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute but I had to turn down the opportunity because my then fiancé would just not let me go. The key thing about my system over the competition was I developed a new way for machine language to be transmitted underwater via sonic waves converted from Radio Frequency waves. Meaning video camera and focus long or short distance. It was all digital.no expensive long tethering was needed to transfer machine language or video through the water. Sending machine language via sound waves was to control the device turn left then right etc. and when to run the 1986 Completed PADI SCUBA diving certification course, at Aquanaut, Destin, FL. A selfie portrait Other Miscellaneous skills: I am an artist/illustrator a certified le cordon bleu chef. Also to note I was a wide receiver playing football for 4 years, while seeking my BS degrees at FSU, under my second father so to speak Bobby Bowden.

Less

Response
Average

Location
Oakland, CA

Share Captain Profile

Fletcher's Experiences

Connect with Fletcher

Hi! I'm Captain Fletcher.

Please note: You must be logged in to send messages.