Captain Jeff started sailing in his early teen years and began teaching sailing during summers while in college. His sailing experience includes boats ranging from windsurfers to large cruising boats. Jeff lived aboard a 44′ Catamaran for 3 years with his wife and 5 children. As a family, they cruised between the Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas. He holds his 100 Ton Master’s license, is an ordained minister, but he will tell you that his most important title is “dad”.
Captain Jeff founded Planet Hope as a non-profit sailing organization to mentor at-risk teens through the sport of sailing and it has been impacting the lives of young people for over 15 years. He has worked with young people through his church and other non-profit organizations in some capacity for over 25 years.
Joel Bays is a 4th generation Annapolitan. With sailing in his blood, he enjoys spreading his love for sailing to the next generation of sailors. At the age of 12, Joel and a neighborhood friend sailed successfully out into the Chesapeake Bay in his uncle’s sailboat. The only problem was…they didn’t know how to get back! Luckily, a friendly sailor guided them back to shore. After this experience Joel was determined to learn more. At 14, Joel joined the Annapolis Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Team. After 4 years of racing, he attended Salisbury University where he became the President of the Club Sailing Team. 2010 was Joel’s first year teaching for Planet Hope and he is excited about what the future has in store!
Phinehas was born in Virginia and grew up on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. His love for the water developed as he sailed with his family and assisted his father at sailing camps.
He could sail a JY14 on his own at age six. At age seven his family sailed from Maryland to the Bahamas every winter until he was twelve. By ageten he was dive certified and was a Jr. Sailing Instructor by age 13. Now as a teenager, Phinehas teaches sailing each summer with Planet Hope. When he isn’t teaching, Phinehas enjoys sailing with his family and racing keelboats. Since Phin’s father is the founder of Planet Hope he enjoys unlimited access to sailing!
Kalin grew up in Leonardtown, MD. She is currently studying chemistry at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and dreaming of Fenway Park when she’s not on the water. Kalin first started sailing when she was 13 years old and decided to join the St. Mary’s Ryken sailing team. After her first day on a sailboat, she was hooked. Being on the sailing team and teaching others was one of the most fun and exciting parts of her life over the next 4 years. Kalin is super excited to see what happens next!