College: Arizona State University
Major: Education (PhD)
Favorite Book: The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship
Favorite Movie: Horse’s Mouth
Favorite Food: Okinomiyaka
The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one else has been.
Alan Ashley Pitt
ASA Instructor Vita: BKB, BCC, BBC, Coastal Navigation, Docking
✓ CV: BA, MA, Ph.D.
✓ USCG Captain’s License: OUPV ✓Retired public school teacher
✓Fire Control Technician, U.S. Navy, 1957
Bill is basically a solo sailor. Much of his sailing has has been in trailerable ‘pocket cruisers’ off the coast of Southern California. His keelboat experience started with a 21 foot Yamaha in Japan and progressed to his 27 foot, 30 year old sloop, Cloud 9. It is a fine platform for an old salt and for the beginner.
Bill has some experience as crew on longer passages. He has sailed from Hong Kong to Ishigaki, Japan, Nigata, Japan to Nahodka, Russia and back to Hakodate, and from Osaka to Okinawa.
Bill became a certified ASA instructor in 2005 and opened his own small school that year. He has since taught a small cadre of just over 30 students to sail. He is not in the business to earn a living, he is interested in passing on some skills and introducing a new way of living to another generation.
Check out the page titled “A lifetime of boats”. Here I’ve collected photos of all the boats I’ve owned since the early 1960s. There are stories attached to every one…