Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association


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We are a professional organization for Coast Guard-licensed captains who operate primarily on the Chesapeake Bay and the East Coast of the United States.

Although our captains' licenses range from small passenger vessels to oceangoing ships, the bulk of our members operate boats of 100 tons or less—such as tourboats, water-taxis, towboats, and charterboats. Some also work as instructors and delivery captains for transporting recreational boats between ports.


CAPCA Zoom Meeting,  Monday, October 25, 2021, 1845.  Speaker: Captain Louis Novak, "Volunteer Opportunities for Licensed Captains." He's done some interesting things.

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CAPCA meetings are being recorded. CLICK HERE to view recordings of past Zoom meetings.

Offficer Yvonne Brandt

Programs and Events

Captain Yvonne Brandt

USCG 50-ton Master Inland

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I grew up sailing on Galveston Bay off the Texas Gulf Coast.  I was two weeks old in a baby carrier on the sole of the family’s Excalibur 26 when the dog stepped on my face.   Ahh, I knew it was the sailing life for me. A little older and it was off to sailing camp at the Houston Yacht Club and then I was turned loose in a sunfish for many adventures in addition to time on my dad’s boats. 

Eventually, I went to Texas Christian University, graduated with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Spanish.  After AFROTC, the USAF offered a job and the next 20 years were spent in Aerospace Physiology learning/teaching scary stories about how one should not fly aircraft (Human factors, altitude chamber, mishap prevention).  I married another USAF officer and 2 kids later we worked our way towards a cruising dream. 

In 2013, in a 35’ center cockpit sloop, my family of four left for the Bahamas for a 10 month trip-possessions sold and kids home schooled.  After an amazing trip, I needed more sailing.  I volunteered for the sea scouts, obtained a 50 GT Inland Master with Sail endorsement (2017) and an American Sailing Association Instructor certification.  All of which lead to charter captain and sail instruction work. 

With kids now off at college and a great USAFR career in the rearview mirror, it’s time to pursue maritime life to include making a difference for clean oceans.  The draw of the sea, desire to save our seas and to share with all who will listen could not be stronger.  I am thrilled to set up and provide training for fellow USCG captains and learn at your side.  With over 20 years of adult education under my belt, I hope I will be able to maintain the high level of training maintained in the past and, when able, add a healthy dose of conservation opportunities.


CAPCA meeting

Join us at our monthly meetings where you can meet our captains, find out more about CAPCA, and hear interesting guest speakers.

Click here for meeting details.

MMC shadowWhy earn a captain's license?

  • use your boat to carry passengers for hire
  • enjoy a discount on marine insurance for your boat
  • required for many full- or part-time maritime jobs
  • acquire a comprehensive knowledge of navigation and rules of the road

Click here to read a description of the process for earning a captain's license.

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Need a speaker for your yacht club or professional organization? Ask one of our Coast Guard-licensed captains.

    After you submit the form, our speaker’s bureau coordinator will get back to you soon.

Our members have a wealth of experience—on the water and in classrooms—that gives them the knowledge and background to provide guest-speaker presentations on a host of maritime-related topics, from seamanship and navigation to radio operation and basic first aid for boaters. Let us know a topic that interests you, and we’ll take it from there.

CAPCA provides this as a public service to the maritime community. There's no speaking fee or charge.

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