The Schooner Curlew Crew

Robert A. Harrison, Jr., Captain/President

Owning and operating Curlew has proven to be the highlight of some forty years of boating. A traditional plank on frame racing schooner she is like no other sailboat I have ever experienced. With her graceful Alden lines she is a beauty to behold from a distance, but even that pales to the experience of feeling her cut through the waves as she responds to the gentle winds off Dana Point. Then there is something about the wood/water/wind connection that provides a grounding, a connectedness, or oneness, with nature. So I invite you to journey with me and explore all that a day on the ocean can provide.

Tom Pezman (First Mate)

Tom grew up in Southern California sailing, surfing and fishing our local waters. He is a USCG licensed Captain with decades of boating and sailing experience. He has completed numerous costal passages as far south as Acapulco Mexico and north to Vancouver BC and has voyaged on ocean crossings from North America to the South Pacific and beyond. When not sailing on Curlew, you will find Tom sharing his own boat, fishing and diving our local Channel Islands.

John Voris

John is one of our busier crew members who is presently a full time Medic with the Orange City Fire Department. He is a licensed Emergency Medical Instructor that keeps our crew tuned and up to date on any and all First Aid procedures. He has several thousand Sea miles with one seventeen day passage to Hawaii from Long Beach and a great story of how he married his wife Konnie aboard his Ericson 30 Sloop in the Sea of Cortez.

Paul Stansel

Paul joined Curlew Charters during the summer of 2009. He has been sailing in Southern California for 20 plus years. He has done 10 Newport to Ensenada races and sailed from Los Angeles to Hawaii in the 2007 Transpac. Paul enjoys charting in the British Virgin Islands and Puget Sound with family and friends.

Roger Hudson

A true veteran of the sea, Roger has been sailing the waters of Southern California for over thirty years. A Journeyman painter by trade, Roger first started to apply his skills working on the Schooner Kelpie. These days Rogers takes pride keeping Curlew in Bristol condition, along with many others in the Dana Point Harbor, while continuing to crew on her and other boats in the harbor including his own.

Terry Dahm

I’m an ex Navy tin can sailor from the Vietnam War era. My first ocean sailing experience was a trip to Santa Cruz Island back in 1989. Since then I have done 12 Newport to Ensenada races and numerous other races up and down the coast as well as cruises to all the Channel Islands except San Nicolas. My longest blue water cruise, other than crossing the Pacific three times on a Navy frigate, was a trip from Suva, Fiji to Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Crewing aboard the schooner CURLEW is definitely a high point in my sailing life.

Ed Benz

Ed is a retired general contractor who likes to fill his days with sailing. Introduced to sailing in Newport Harbor 1946, Ed has continued to race and day sail in Southern California and Mexican waters whenever possible. Most notable voyage prior to joining the crew of Curlew was sailing the entire distance from Panama to Newport Beach, that’s about 2,900 miles as the crow flies.

Crystal Stoey

Crystal brings over 30 years of sailing experience to the crew of Curlew. She first learned to sail in the waters off of the coast of Maine. She has lived on both the east and west coasts, which has allowed her to own boats on both coasts and sail the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. She has taken several courses on sailing as well as coastal navigation courses. Prior to joining the Curlew crew she was a crew member on the charter boat “Spirit” in Dana Point. She enjoys sailing over to Catalina Island and chartering in the British Virgin Islands.

Richard Niederecker

The youngest of the crew, Richie grew up sailing on his families Coronado 34, and was still a teenager when he first soloed it to Catalina. He is now in his second year crewing on Curlew and has become a valued member of the team.

Ray Bell

An experienced sailor and prior boat owner, Ray participated in the Newport to Ensenada race a dozen times, and crewed on the Tall Ship’s Pilgrim and Argus for a combined six years, Ray is currently the Dockmaster at the Dana Wet Yacht Club.