Board of Directors

  • President, Captain Keith Bradley

Keith grew up in Brooklyn New York. While at Maine Maritime Academy, he developed
a passion for sailing. After graduation he settled in Stockton Springs with his wife,
Betsy. Keith always wanted to find a way to share his passion for sailing with those who
have never even had the opportunity to sail. In August of 2007, he was part of the
founding group that created Stockton Harbor Sailing Center. Keith holds a USCG Master’s
license and is a US Sailing Level 1 and Keelboat Certified Instructor.

  • Vice-President, Captain Eric Jergenson

Captain Eric Jergenson is a limited United States Coast Guard licensed master for auxiliary sail vessels valid upon oceans routes. He attended Maine Maritime Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in small vessel operations. He later received a Master of Science in adult education from the University of Southern Maine.

Currently he serves as Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy where he teaches both in the classroom and at sea. His classes include Terrestrial, Celestial, and Advanced Navigation in addition to courses in Seamanship, Nautical Science, and Small Craft Construction. Previously, Captain Jergenson sailed as master of MMA’s Arctic Schooner Bowdoin and as sailing master for the Academy’s waterfront. He continues sailing summers aboard Bowdoin as a senior training officer for academic courses.

Captain Jergenson is an Instructor Trainer and National Faculty Member for US Sailing and travels throughout the United States certifying sailing instructors to these professional standards.  He actively supports local sailing programs for both children and adults. His most important work remains raising his two children together with his wife Teri on their small farm in Stockton Springs.

  • Treasurer, Betsy Bradley

As one of the founding members, Betsy has been involved with Stockton Harbor Sailing Center since its inception in 2007. Having been first introduced to sailing by her husband Keith, the two frequently cruise Penobscot Bay on their Frers 33, Avalon. When not sailing, Betsy leads shore-side activities with the younger sailors and kayaks with the older sailors.  In addition to cruising, Betsy, her husband and two sons enjoy racing together in the GMORA circuit.  Betsy is a teacher of children with special needs, is an American Red Cross Instructor of Lifeguarding and CPR/First Aid courses, and also serves as Select-Woman for the town of Stockton Springs.

  • Secretary, Captain JM Payne

A coastal Virginian native, JM grew up plying the Chesapeake shallows in flat bottom skiffs.  While working in the skydiving industry in his mid-twenties, JM was introduced to sailing and the liveaboard lifestyle by good friends.  Now 6 years into a career as a professional Mariner, he has sailed from Quebec to Panama on sailing ships of all different sizes teaching others to sail and sharing his passion for the freedom that the wind offers.  He holds a USCG Master’s License, a PADI Divemaster rating, he is an FAA Senior Rigger and a white belt in Wing Chun Kung Fu, and he holds US Sailing Level 1 and Basic Keelboat instructor ratings.  He is a life-long supporter of the Red Cross, and currently serves as the Sailing Master at Maine Maritime Academy.

Members at Large

  • Teri Jergenson

Teri Jergenson developed telekinetic powers at the age of 5, and frequently uses her abilities to ease the launch and retrieval of the small boats at SHSC.  She holds the distinction of being the first human to single-handedly scale Blue Hill, and is currently working on plans to launch a 2009 Kia Sedona into space.  To date, launch speed has not proven to be an issue.

  • Captain Brittany Bridgham

Whether sailing from Kittery on her father’s boat or diving in Bonaire with her scuba club, Britt has always held a love for the Ocean.  Hailing from the New Hampshire coast, she followed her passion to Maine Maritime Academy where she received Bachelor’s degrees in both Marine Science, and Vessel Operations and Technology.  It was at Maine Maritime that she was first exposed to teaching others, having served as Assistant Instructor for the scholastic sailing program, and it was through this work that she developed a passion for teaching others about sailing.  Her maritime career has taken her from the Caribbean to Alaska, but educating children and instilling a sense of confidence in them is what is most important to her.  She believes that sailing not only builds lifelong skills, but also encourages children to explore the world around them and discover for themselves that wherever they want to go, there is a way.  When not teaching on the water, she enjoys being outdoors as much as possible and loves camping, hiking and exploring with her fiancé, JM, and their dog Atlas.

  • Derrick Tisdale

Derrick is driven by a passion of the sea. Growing up on the ocean and spending his youth lobstering and sailing the coast of Casco Bay led him to pursue a degree from Maine Maritime Academy. He has a love for traditional sailing but also enjoys modern sailing and any sport that involves getting out on the water.

  • Betty Minson

Betty Minson grew up sailing in the New London/Groton, Connecticut area.  She raced  Wee Nips and Blue Jays in the Thames Yacht Club and Shennecossett Yacht Club junior programs. Each summer, she participated in the Eastern Connecticut Yacht Racing Association’s Midget Program racing in Blue Jays, Fireflies, Beatle Cats and other one design small boats at various venues in southern New England. All the Minson children sailed on the family’s Danish 33 foot sloop, Melody, both cruising local waters and taking family sailing vacations to Virginia and to Maine. In her teen years, Betty skippered Melody in races on Long Island, Fishers Island, and Block Island Sounds. She skippered a number of other boats and participated as skipper and crew in the Coast Guard Academy invitational yacht races run by Larry White.  While attending Simmons College, she helped start women’s sailing at MIT, and founded the Simmons College Sailing Team.  Betty skippered for Simmons in NEWISA (New England Womens Intercollegiate Sailing Association) and sectional regattas. During college summers, she instructed sailing at Manchester Yacht Club in Manchester by the Sea, MA also racing a 210 at Marblehead with other instructors.  After spending a year in Europe and six years in the San Francisco sailing and racing, she settled on Long Island, New York.  A teacher of mathematics in the Port Jefferson pubic schools, Betty started a sailing program for Grades 6 through 12 for her school district and taught an elective mathematics course entitled Sailing and Navigation in Vandermeulen High School. With a fleet of 12 420s purchased used from NY Maritime College,  Port Jefferson became a center for junior high and high school regattas.  The school became a MAISA/ISSA  (Mid-Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association/Interscholastic Sailing Association) member school in 1993, the second member school on Long Island.  Sailing became a coed varsity program in the Port Jefferson Athletic Program with students earning varsity and junior varsity letters. In addition to dinghy racing at home and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and several venues in New England, students raced on Betty’s  J22 “Flying Fish”, Lindenberg 28 “Fearless”, and on a J41 “Dazzler” loaned to the school program. The students and Betty raced  in regattas throughout New York and New England including the J22 nationals. Thirteen students (all students getting turns on the boat) raced the J41 doing dip-pole jibes. Betty was named Person of the Year in Sports by the local town newspaper, “The Record”. The Port Jefferson School district Program was featured in the Long Island newspaper, “Newsday”. Race Program Chairperson of the Setauket Yacht Club for 2 years, Betty added new races and increased participation in racing. Many people over the years raced with Betty (often taking the helm), and she really enjoyed seeing children and women take to the sport. Betty served for 5 years, 1994 to 1998, on the executive board of ISSA (Interscholastic Sailing Association, the national governing board for school sailing) and helped develop a mobile coaching college program to train coaches. She was instrumental in increasing the number of interscholastic teams on Long Island from two to fifteen, and the MASSA member schools from 24 to 45. ISSA members reached 405.  Betty retired to Maine in 2006 and now resides in Orland.  Betty cruises and races Fearless, her Lindenberg 28 and hops aboard other boats whenever asked: MMA Retired Skippers Race, MMA yachts racing in summer programs, and others. She cruised a Lord Nelson 41 to warmer waters with her husband Bob for four years.  She and Bob picked up an Eagle 40 trawler in Kemah, TX and made a shakedown voyage to Castine.  Betty says the trawler will make a good mothership for sailboats and race committee boat. A sailing enthusiast who likes to introduce people to the fun of sailing and racing, she has helped several local school sailing clubs and  SHSC. A volunteer for protest committee work,  Betty likes being involved with others in how the sport of sailing should be played. And not to forget paddling and rowing boats, she shares her small boats for rowing (lightweight rowing sailing dinghy), paddling (kayaks), and sailing (sailboards). US Sailing dinghy certification, race management training, knowledge of boat speed, and an appreciation for the racing rules of sailing provide for truly satisfying shared experiences on the water. Wind, current, and waves combined with sails and/or paddles provides for fun which calms the soul feeds the spirit.

  • Matthew Minson

Matt Minson is the only person in the world who can roll tack a 300,000 pound train locomotive and, until recently, proudly owned the only example of a running Saturn automobile known to exist.

  • Pete Hardester

For 39 years Peter worked at Pacific Gas & Electric where he retired in 2004. Before he retired he worked as an engineer estimator, system operator, and construction supervisor. He also was an AutoCadd Software instructor for 15 years.

Since retiring, Peter has been a community volunteer, fundraiser, event planner and executioner. He became involved with Maine Ocean School because it represents hope. He believes the school will motivate students to succeed by offering them Marine Industry focused courses of study allowing them to better value and understand the purpose of their studies. This will allow them a clearer vision and hope for employment and success. His involvement with the Foundation team stems around creating opportunities for a successful future for many of the students that currently do not have hope.

  • William Bradley

William is currently a sophomore at Searsport High School. He first began sailing when at 7 years old through participation in Stockton Harbor Sailing Center’s second year programs. Starting in his eleventh year, William has assisted in the instruction of younger sailors and actively participated in SHSC’s Get on the Water! Program as he has progressed personally as a sailor. He currently serves as instructor for the Sailing Merit Badge for the Boy Scouts of America at Camp Roosevelt in Eddington, Maine, and remains very active in SHSC throughout the season.  He has the distinction of serving as the first Junior Member of the Board of Directors, and he looks forward to competing on behalf of Searsport High School this upcoming sailing season.