Annapolis School of Seamanship
Sponsored by BoatU.S Foundation and Freedom Boat Club
Adventure has been a way of life for Bob Bitchin since the early sixties, when his name was coined by the comedy team of Cheech and Chong (his birth-name is Robert Lipkin). He worked as a traveling companion and bodyguard for famous motorcycle daredevil Evil Knievel, promoted motorcycle shows, and created Biker Magazine and Tattoo Magazine in the 70's and early 80's. He also worked as editor of many of the motorcycle magazines of that era, and wrote for other publications as diverse as Forbes, Penthouse and New Look. During that time he rode his motorcycles across the country over 30 times, and around Europe as well. He was the founding president of the Motorcycle Press Association in 1978 and co-founder of A.B.A.T.E., a national organization of motorcyclists.
In December of 1973 He and riding partner LACO Bob Lawrence, President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Hells Angels co-created the very first Toy run, which now takes place in thousands of cities world-wide.
In the early 70's he met Alan Olson, Captain of Stone Witch, which was a 74' square rigged topasil schooner that sailed out of San Francisco. He signed on for a 3 month sail to Guatamala to see if the sailing life was for him. Stone Witch was the flag-ship for GreenPeace, and had no engine, ran kerosee running lights, and had four 21' oars for propulsion. This sail changed his life, and soon, while we rode all over the world on Harley's, he lived aboard various sailboats that he would buy, fix up, and sell. For over thirty years he lived aboard sailboats and cruised most of the Pacific and Central America.
In 1986 he sold BIKER and TATTOO magazines to Easyriders and started sailing full time. For many years he sailed the Pacific Coast of Mexico and Central America on his Formosa 51, the first Lost Soul, and then on another 51' ketch, named Predator, with numerous trips to the Hawaiian Islands and back. Then, in 1990 After fixing and selling seven boats he bought the 68' staysail ketch Lost Soul and this would be his home for the next 17 years.
He kidnapped Jody, the bartender at the Portofino Marina Yacht Club, and they took off to explore the South Pacific. As it turns out, they cruised all over the South Pacific, and then sailed thru the Panama Canal to the atlantic, and sailed the Med, The Caribbean and everywhere they ever dreamed of going. They were married on board Lost soul at the Portofino Marina on their return from their world voyage.
In 1996 he created Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine which became one of the largest publications on sailing and world cruising. In 2005 he created the television show Latitudes & Attitudes, which was the first and only nationally televised show about the sailing lifestyle. The show aired nationally for 5 season and has been in syndication world-wide. He also created Cruising Radio (www.cruisingoutpost.com/radio
Bob now divides his time between Publishing, writing, world cruising, doing seminars on sailing, riding his Harley and writing novels. He has written nine books. Letters From The Lost Soul, The Sailing Life, Brotherhood of Outlaws, BIKER, Emerald Bay, King Harbor, Starboard Attitude, DORF and Biker to Sailor.
Bob has two children, six grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and still sails all over the world whenever he gets the chance. He and his wife Jody live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, between the Middle and North Forks of the Feather River, overlooking Lake Oroville, in Berry Creek, California
Capt. Manuel Rodríguez-Leston
President of UNIVERSO MARINO CORP.
President of the FEDERACION HISPANA DE PESCA DEPORTIVA
Fishing Chairman of the MIAMI OUTBOARD CLUB
Former Director and Editor of MAR Y PESCA INTERNACIONAL
Former President of the CUBAN FEDERATION OF SPORTS FISHERIES
Author of the Maritime Dictionary / Diccionario Marítimo
Author of many publications, among which are the Illustrated Marine Dictionary, English and Spanish, as well as other books, magazines, posters and newspapers.
Their Radio and TV programs educate and teach the community.
He has won first places in National and International Fishing tournaments in different specialties, Member of the IGFA
Captain of 100 Tons certified by UNITED COAST GUARD
Architect / Civil Engineer of Profession, with a Doctorate in Technical Sciences.
Member of the Cuban Naval Circle and Silver Anchor of the Association for the Research and Diffusion of the Naval History of Cuba.
George Day is the Publisher and Editor of Multihulls Today magazine and Blue Water Sailing magazine. He has circumnavigated on his 43 foot mononhull and sailed more than 10,000 miles in a variety of cruising catamarans and trimarans, including trips to the Caribbean from the East Coast. In Multihulls Today, he has reviewed all of the modern multihulls on the market.
Pam Wall is well known for outfitting world cruisers, consulting on prospective routes for sailing, her sailing instruction, and as a seminar speaker who encourages and educates on the cruising lifestyle to all who attend her seminars. Along with her husband, Andy, and two young children, Samantha & Jamie, Pam has sailed around the world on their home built Freya 39 KANDARIK. Pam's boat was built at home and then took her family “Around the World” and later back and forth across the Atlantic to Europe three times. Pam worked for West Marine for over 20 years as their Outfitting Manager & Cruising Consultant.
Tucker Thompson was the official Host of the 35th America’s Cup. He is an award-winning TV commentator, producer, and public speaker and has hosted over 1,800 sailing shows including three America’s Cups, the Volvo Ocean Race, and the World Match Racing Tour. A former champion sailor, Tucker sailed with America True during the 2000 America’s Cup in New Zealand. He is currently hosting a nationwide Yacht Club speaking tour featuring New York Yacht Club American Magic.