Time Before the Mast:
Captain Starr spent his childhood on a lake in the Adirondack Mountains living the Appalachia style; he was raised sailing and operating small boats before he could legally drive. At the age of 12, his father (also named Starr) tossed him keys to the family’s 1968 Glastron with a 60hp Mercury outboard. The world skews from ordinary when you leave for sea alone for the first time.
Starr accepted an appointment as “Cadet” in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at 17 and graduated as a Naval Officer four years later with a degree in Marine & Environmental Science and a commission from President George Bush. During his tenure in The Coast Guard Academy and as a Coast Guard officer, from 2000 to 2016, he instructed collegiate dinghy (sail) racing, captained 47’ Motor Life Boats, navigated large CG cutters, and specialized in long-range helicopter search & rescue throughout a decorated career. Many of his challenging Alaska rescues have been televised on Coast Guard: Alaska and The Deadliest Catch, though he will be the last to tell you about it unless asked.
Starr's love of sailing started at The Academy while cruising offshore of New England on the Coast Guard sailing barque USCGC Eagle, a 295’ square rigged training tall-ship, eventually voyaging throughout most of the North Atlantic including a 21 day crossing from the Canary Islands to Bermuda - navigating by sextant alone. He has open-ocean and near coastal experience working the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the entire US East Coast, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands, and the Greater Antilles. He spends most of his personal and professional time aboard his 38’ Nauticat as owner/operator throughout Alaska’s famously stunning Inside Passage - after completing a career with the Coast Guard in 2016.
Starr holds a Master of Science degree, a USCG 50-Ton Master’s License with 10,000+ miles at sea, a Commercial Instrument Helicopter Pilot license with 3000 hours of flight time and his Red Card in wild-land firefighting. Starr spends his free time with friends making meals, dreaming, splitboarding, climbing, and surfing. Falling in-love with Alaska during his first CG posting here in 2001; Captain Starr lingered & then moved permanently to Alaska in 2012. He looks forward to passing on his energy and knowledge to all that have a passion for the sea and it’s lore.
~Scientiae Cedit Mare~