Captain Charles Wood, a native of San Francisco, California, has a professional career that includes commercial fishing in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, deckhand and operator on harbor and sea pilot boats, and serving aboard the Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. He is an experienced ocean navigator and operator of motor and sailing vessels 60′-208′, serving roles as Master, Mate, and Able Seaman.
In the past, Capt. Wood founded Island Sailing Adventures, LLC, a sailing education, charter and yacht delivery company based in Sausalito, CA. In his capacity as a delivery captain and educator for ISA, he has sailed extensively in the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Mexico, to and from Hawaii, south to French Polynesia and the Society Islands, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Kiribati, Tarawa and numerous other Pacific ports. Experience in the Caribbean includes the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Maartens, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and the Caymans.
In many of these deliveries and charters aboard numerous types and sizes of sailing vessels, he has taught students offshore sailing skills, seamanship, meteorology, celestial and conventional navigation, heavy weather safety and rescue skills, and long-distance voyage planning. In that time he has utilized his experience in navigation, marine electrical, radio and radar systems, provisioning, heavy weather tactics, safety and rescue, meteorology, and the design, installation and maintenance of vessel structures and systems.
He has been involved in the sailboat racing community for nearly two decades, having served as Master and crew in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. While many races and regattas are held on inland waters, he enjoys and focuses on ocean racing. He is a member of US Sailing and a former instructor with the American Sailing Association.
His personal interests include writing, music and restoring old sailboats, particularly the Philip Rhodes-designed Meridian, of which he has become an authority.