Meet the Crew

Captain Scot

Captain Scot is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master of Vessels up to 100 Gross Register Tons and has the Auxiliary Sailing and Towing Endorsements. In real world terms, this means that Capt. Scot is able to perform the duties of a professional captain on most vessels in the yachting categories. Capt. Scot is also certified by the American Sailing Association (ASA) one of two US based sail instruction organizations recognized internationally, and spent 8 years as Boy Scouts of American Scout Master and member of the Board of Directors. Today Scot volunteers with the United States Coast Guard.

Capt. Scot has spent a lifetime on and in the water beginning his life on the water by sailing a Sunfish (13′ 9″ sport sailing dinghy) across the long island sound. Since then, Capt. Scot has had many sailing and yachting adventures including an annual sailing cruise in the Caribbean sailing 45 ft. long charters as well as delivering yachts up and down the east coast between New England, Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean both through the Intracoastal Waterway as well as taking the ocean-side passage of the same trip. In addition to the joy of boating for boating sake, Capt. Scot also enjoys and has spent a great deal of time fishing, snorkling and S.C.U.B.A diving.

Today, Capt. Scot is passionate about bringing the sailing experience to our nation’s youth and using that experience as a platform for developing a sense of direction, a sense of community and teamwork to build a youth’s potential to become a great leader and contributor to society.

Sri Dhyana

American Seafarers

Sri Dhyana, Board of Directors, Director of Veteran Programs

Sri’s community leadership began up her return from her deployment to Iraq with the U.S. Army, Maine National Guard as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and returned decorated and with a glowing service record. She was deployed while attending the University of South Maine. Before being deployed, she began her higher education studying Fine Arts, when she returned from Iraq she chose to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Physics where she became passionate science in all its forms. She joined the USM Student Senate where she successfully fiercely petitioned alongside fellow senators to fight budget cuts and preserve the richness and diversity of science programming at USM. That battle had a positive and lasting impact on USM’s science programs for many years after Sri graduated in 2008 with a B.S. Physics and Biochemistry Minor.

Sri also was voted in as the Vice President of the Biology Club and Chemistry Club which performed outreach and created science demonstrations for Elementary and Middle School respectively. As a physics major, Sri recognized a gap in the student clubs and founded the Physics Club and its High School outreach and began developing the curriculum that the club would target high school aged children for similar age appropriate science demonstrations and outreach. Additionally, the Physics Club became the focal point for interdepartmental research collaboration, which Sri carried with her to her NASA Internship where she focused on breaking barriers to collaboration and the sourcing the resources to enable it.

Her first boat was a 2004 Sea Ray Sundancer 260, and she lived aboard and braved many Maine winters. When she took her Internship at the Scripps Research Institute in LaJolla, CA, she thought she was going to have to put her dream of sailing behind her, however she quickly found a circle of sailors who were keen to see what kind of sailing stuff she could be made of. She began her sailing career crewing on Maleficent, a Beneteau 42, and when she returned to Maine, she joined the USM sailing team racing 420s as well as PHRF racing on various other boats on the Casco Bay circuit. When she returned to California to Intern with NASA, she started west coast racing in Santa Cruz and the treacherous waters of San Francisco Bay. From there she’s travelled around the USA racing out of Houston’s Galveston bay, and Norfolk, VA and the Chesapeake Bay.

In Sri’s own words, “Racing yachts and scientific education are my passions, and I want to share them with the world. The camaraderie and the rewards of hard work that I have learned through sailing are things that people do not have a chance to learn in everyday life. There is a similar sense of camaraderie found between soldiers, but this is different and far more valuable and applicable to everyday life. It gives you a sense of direction and belonging. I am really excited about providing veterans those same experiences.”

Chelsea Kurasz

Chelsea Kurasz, Volunteer, Digital Media

Chelsea is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut, studying Digital Media & Design as well as Communications. She is a Connecticut native, and an ocean lover at heart. Her summers growing up included weeks camping by the beach, on trips to Block Island, and on sailboat tours around Newport Harbor in Rhode Island. Chelsea is a social media volunteer with American Seafarers and she believes that all young adults can benefit from learning more about ocean conservation and exploring with teamwork and personal development.