Richard and Beth have been "messing about in boats" at various times throughout their lives, individually and together, and for the last two decades have been "messing about" in "big boats." Coastal cruises have included numerous trips up and down the eastern seaboard, including the ICW, where they continue their efforts to perfect the art of "achievable cruising" — cruise for a week or two, leave the boat, go home, come back a month or two later and resume cruising. Other cruising adventures have taken them to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, the South Pacific and the Mediterranean. They have shared many of these experiences with three superb crew members — their now-grown children, Jason and Amanda, and their sea-dog, Molly. They are firm believers in "going" even if it means taking the office along. Technology has made that not only possible, but amazingly easy. They are also committed to wonderful food along the way — on board and ashore. Provisioning, they’ve discovered, may be the most entertaining and useful of all cruising skills (bested, perhaps, only by sail trim, engine mechanics and a clear understanding of navigation), and they seek out the best resources at every landfall. Along the way, they’ve also visited more than 2,000 marinas (most two, three or more times) on the east and west coasts as both cruisers and authors.
Beth is editor-in-chief of Jerawyn Publishing Inc. and one of the primary writer/photographers of the Atlantic Cruising Club’s Guides to Marinas — Books, CD-ROMs and Website. She is also a new media producer and has spearheaded the design and co-managed the development of Jerawyn’s proprietary Datastract™ publishing technology and works with the programming team to continually enhance the quality of the user/boaters’ print and online experiences.
In addition to nurturing the growth of the ACC Guides, Beth is incubating the Water Lovers imprint (land-based travel guides for people with a passion for the water), the Healthy Boat series (holistic approaches to crew lifestyle and vessel management), and The Art & Science of Achievable Cruising. As the "Wandering Mariner," she writes articles on cruising, destinations and waterborne and water-oriented travel. In addition, Beth has produced numerous documentaries and multiple media projects on holistic living, ecology, peacemaking, and food and health (including the award-winning "Children of War," the Mellon-funded "Students at Work," and "EarthFriends"). She developed the first and largest full-text and image database on complementary medicine, "Alt-HealthWatch," and is a consultant to firms focused on healthy living and integrative medicine.
Beth received a doctorate from Columbia University in Educational Technology and New Media, masters degrees in both Health Education (with a Nutrition focus) and Ed Tech from Columbia, and a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Reiki master, and a graduate of James Gordon’s Advanced Mind-Body Professional Training Program. She is past president of the Board of Trustees, and currently Honorary Trustee, of Wainwright House, a U.N. NGO and spiritual and holistic educational institution. She is also a member of Boating Writers International and the Society of American Travel Writers.
RICHARD Y. SMITH
Richard is publisher of Jerawyn Publishing Inc. and president of Evergreen Capital Partners Inc. Jerawyn Publishing is an umbrella company for the Atlantic Cruising Club and other publishing imprints. In addition to marinas, JPI focuses on coastal lifestyles, maritime-oriented travel and holistic living. JPI’s activities involve data collection and publication using Datastract™, a unique proprietary data input and publishing program, which Richard co-developed, that permits the creation, maintenance, and direct publication — in print, on CD & DVD-ROM and on the web — of extensive databases of both factual and editorial information — including a library of over 20,000 nautical images.
Evergreen Capital Partners Inc. undertakes merchant banking and private capital transactions both as an advisor and as a principal. Prior to establishing Evergreen Capital in 1993, Richard was a managing director of Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) and a senior vice president of Rothschild Inc., with responsibility for a broad range of investment banking and merchant banking activities
Richard received a B. A. degree from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has also been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. When not reviewing marinas, editing books, attempting to close private equity deals, or out sailing, Richard has been active in a number of not-for-profit activities including service as former Chair of the Rye Arts Center, Inc., past chair of the Wesleyan (University) Annual Fund, former Fleet Captain and current trustee of the American Yacht Club, and, perhaps most important, as the bass player in the venerable 60’s rock ‘n’ roll band, "Gary and the Wombats."
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