Captain Bill Payne started sailing his home built 8’ pram in 1964. In the following almost 50 years he moved through various day sailors and into pocket cruisers. Ten years ago he started keelboat sailing and his most recent sailboat is 27’ Splendor built some 35 years ago.
His schooling, for the first 35 years, was trial and error. Then he took courses at the Orange Coast College of Sailing and Seamanship and he started sailing to Catalina and the coastline of Southern California. But it wasn’t until about 2004 that he connected with the American Sailing Association. Since that time he has taken his ASA instructor’s certificates for Basic Keel Boat (101) through Coastal Navigation (105) and, most recently, his USCG OVUP license. About 10 years ago he founded Bill’s Little Informal Sailboat School in Osaka. While BLISS started as a solo operation to provide basic sailing skills, along the way there have been several associate instructors who have added their talents and skills. Bill fancies Bliss as an alternate sailing school where the focus is on the student as the center of the course – not the class. Thus, we are more like coaches than teachers.
A spin off of Bliss is the Juku. The Juku is an online training site to prepare sailors for the 2 kyu and 1 kyu English exams. In a former life Bill took his PhD in educational test wiseness and he gets a kick out of deconstructing the 2 kyu exams. Bill has crewed on four passages: Hong Kong to Japan, Japan to Russia and return, and Osaka to Okinawa.
Capt. Dave Harris, Associate Instructor
Dave began boating at age 9 and was towing competitive skiers by age twelve. In his High School and College years he worked at marinas in Northern California, chartering, delivering, and maintaining large house boats. Dave has owned and operated a 27 foot ski boat for most of his life.
Six years ago Dave decided to take up sailing in Japan. He now owns a 33 foot Denmark X-99 which he has raced with the Kansai Yacht Club. He has chartered and captained 45 foot catamarans and monohulls in the Caribbean, Greek Isles, and Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver. His current goal is to sail the ten most spectacular locations on the planet.
Dave is now an ASA certified instructor and has completed ASA courses 101 Basic Keelboat, 103 Coastal Navigation, 104 Bareboat Cruising, 105 Coastal Navigation, 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising, and the 118 Docking Endorsement. Dave loves any excuse to get out on the water. His 35 years teaching experience make him a very patient and thorough instructor.