Richard and Beth have been "messing about in boats" at various times throughout their lives, individually and together. The last two decades have seen a move up to "big boats." Coastal cruises have included numerous trips up and down the Eastern seaboard including the ICW — where they’ve perfected the art of "achievable cruising" — a one or two week cruise, leave the boat, go home, and come back two weeks or a month or two later. 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. Even their boat is networked. 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 1,700 marinas on the East coast as both cruisers and authors.
Beth Adams-Smith, Ed.D., is Editor-in-Chief of Jerawyn Publishing, Inc. (JPI) and one of the primary writer/photographers of the Guides to Marinas. She is also a new media designer/producer focused on developing electronic methods of delivering large quantities of unique information in ways that are readily understood and manipulated.
In addition to her marine-oriented publishing work (nurturing the growth of the Atlantic Cruising Club’s Guides to Marinas and incubating the Coastal Communities, Healthy Boat and Wandering Mariner series), she has produced video documentaries and multiple media projects in the areas of complementary and integrative medicine, holistic living, ecology, peace-making, technology, and food and health (including the award-winning "Children of War," the Mellon-funded "Students at Work," and "EarthFriends"). She created and developed the first, and largest, full-text and image database on complementary medicine, "Alt-HealthWatch," and is an advisor/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 and a graduate of James Gordon’s Advanced Mind-Body Professional Training Program and the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. She is also Past President of the Board of Trustees and current Honorary Trustee of Wainwright House, an educational institution focusing on the integration of body, mind and spirit, a former Trustee of the Rye Free Reading Room, Co-Chair of the American Yacht Club Cruise Committee and is a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, Boating Writers International, and Society of American Travel Writers.
RICHARD Y. SMITH
Richard Y. Smith is Publisher of Jerawyn Publishing Inc. and President of Evergreen Capital Partners Inc. JPI is an umbrella company for the Atlantic Cruising Club and other publishing imprints. In addition to marine facilities, JPI focuses on coastal lifestyles, maritime-oriented travel and holistic living. JPI’s activities involve data collection and publication using DatastractTM, a proprietary data input and publishing program that permits the creation, maintenance, and direct publication of extensive databases of both factual and editorial information.
Evergreen Capital Partners Inc. undertakes merchant banking and private capital transactions both as an advisor and as a principal. As an advisor, the firm offers private financing, merger, acquisition, and divestiture advice to managements, directors, private investors, and institutional funds. As a principal, Evergreen Capital invests its own funds, often in conjunction with other individual or institutional private equity investors.
Prior to establishing Evergreen Capital in 1993, Richard was a Managing Director of Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) with responsibility for several investment and merchant banking groups. He was also a Senior Vice President of Rothschild Inc., an investment banking, venture capital, and money management firm. 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 is active in a number of not-for-profit activities including service as a former Chair of the Rye Arts Center, Inc., Past Chair of the Wesleyan (University) Annual Fund, current Fleet Captain of the American Yacht Club, and, occasionally, bass player in the venerable 60’s rock ‘n’ roll band, "Gary and the Wombats."