Meet Captain Yvonne Brandt

    Volume II. Issue 4

 Sailing at two weeks of age, Captain Yvonne Brandt is a salty old girl but only remark on her beauty and grace. Sailing with her dad on Galveston Bay, her youth was filled with long summer days sailing into the sunset. She also sailed the English Channel from the Thames River, England to Calais, France and surrounding coastlines as a teen. As an adult, Yvonne has sailed/owned a number of small boats around Texas, Arkansas, and Virginia. In 2013 Yvonne and her family threw caution to the wind and sailed from Chesapeake Bay to Georgetown, Bahamas and back for a year. Since her families' return, Yvonne teaches for JWorld Annapolis, Sailtime and volunteers with Sea Scout Ship 1942 in addition to her work as a charter Captain for Shardana.

     What else? Yvonne is a United States Air Force Reserve (USAFR) Lieutenant Colonel, retired 2014. Her USAFR time was spent training aircrews about safety at altitude, crew resource management and mishap prevention as an aerospace physiologist.

These days, winter months are spent teaching 21 violin students in her Suzuki violin studio, playing with the McLean Symphony Orchestra and tries not to be the weak link in a chamber music quartet that she loves very much.

Yvonne holds a USCG 50 Ton Masters License with an Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement.  In addition she is a certified American Sailing Association instructor certified to teach Basic Keel Boat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat (Intermediate) Cruising as well as Coastal Navigation.  She is bilingual as she speaks Spanish.