USC Price School of Public Policy

Staff & Boats

We would like to introduce the backbone of our program to you.

The Nautical Science Program is staffed by a large group of individuals with a wide breadth of sailing experience. On campus, four instructors teach the classroom portions of the course. On the water the course is taught by a larger group of highly skilled and dedicated sailors. All Nautical Science sailing staff are U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captains, and the boats have been certified by the Coast Guard for use as training vessels in USC’s Nautical Science program. Staff experience at sea varies from racing, cruising, ocean passage-making, and even boat construction. Our instructors have sailed world-wide and bring with them a wealth of teaching experience seldom found in seafaring programs.

Following are links to short biographies of the Nautical Science staff and the boats we sail. We take great pride in both.




The Nautical Science Program also takes advantage of the availability of two 151’ Brigantines operated by the Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI). The Brigantines Irving and Exy Johnson. For more information on these superb sail training vessels, see the LAMI website.