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.