The Speranza Team: Ed Witts, Robert Williams, Nina Bohlen and Gene Scott.
Captain Ed Witts is the skipper of Speranza. He has had his Coast Guard
Masters License since 1996, is an ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising Instructor,
and a sailing instructor at OCSC Sailing. Since quitting his day job in
1997, Ed has taught sailing, delivered boats, written articles for yachting
magazines, and given seminars on weather and weather data for sailors. He
also served as the Director of Sailing for the California Maritime Academy
for two years. Most recently his focus has been on making sailing trips as
enjoyable as possible with great planning and by concentrating on the
collection of weather data.
Nina Bohlen is a US Sailing certified Basic Keelboat Instructor and a
sailing instructor at OCSC Sailing. Nina learned to sail in Maine when she
was six years old and quickly fell in love with the sport. She raced for
the Stanford Varsity Sailing Team, where she competed in the Women's
Collegiate Nationals, and has since raced in the Potomac River, the
Chesapeake Bay and San Francisco Bay. She has sailed from Connecticut to
Maine, from San Francisco to San Diego, and in British Virgin Islands. On
dry land, Nina is the Principal of Strategic Grantmaking, a consulting
business for foundations and nonprofit organizations, specializing in
philanthropic advising, program planning, evaluation, fundraising, and
nonprofit management. Nina will join Global Footprint Network in January
2006 as the Director of Strategic Development.
An OCSC Sailing "graduate" from the early 80's, Gene Scott, Ph. D. has
traversed the coast from Canada to Cabo; sailed in Tonga, Desolation Sound,
Belize and the Caribbean; and, with his wife, Dr. Susan Scott, sailed their
Cal 39-III, Allegria, to Mexico twice, the last time spending six months
exploring the mainland and Sea of Cortez. The Scotts live in Point Richmond
across the street from Allegria. Off the water, Gene is the Principal of
Scott Consulting Associates. With nearly thirty years experience as an
academic, manager and management consultant with Kaiser Permanente, Mercy
Health Care, Sutter Health and SCA, his own company, Gene is known for his
work with healthcare executives and physicians. He was a member of the UC
Davis faculty as well as adjunct faculty in the USF OD graduate program.
His Ph.D. was awarded by Purdue University.
Captain Robert Williams has his Coast Guard Masters License and is a senior
sailing instructor at OCSC Sailing. He is also a US Sailing certified
Cruising Instructor and Coastal Navigation Instructor. Robert began sailing
at the age of 15 in Southern California. The surf was not up that day and
to kill time, he and his friend decided to take sailing lessons. Once he had
a taste of sailing he was hooked! For the next few years he read every
sailing book in the library and sailed as much as possible. He sailed for
the UCLA sailing team and the UCLA big boat team with whom he did the
Trans-Pac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. He has also done other ocean
races (including races from Los Angels to Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas) and
yacht deliveries. Robert has been racing on San Francisco Bay for the last
seven years. When off the water, Robert does computer consulting,
specializing in database driven web sites.