We are grateful for the support and assistance of our distinguished Advisory Board. Their leadership and vast experience in the maritime community bring valuable knowledge and highest integrity to Safe Harbor Pictures.

Nancy Richardson

Commodore, Tall Ships America

Nancy is a lifelong sailor and educator, who has held leadership positions in numerous organizations from the American Sail Training Association to the Girl Scouts USA.  She has sailed on more than 91 ships in her career and served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. A well-known and beloved member of the tall ships community, Nancy sits on several non-profit boards and helps lead the Topsail Youth Program for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. She was honored by Tall Ships America with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award “For a Lifetime of Dedication to Sail Training and Tall Ships.”

Hal Barstow

Topsail Youth Program / Tall Ships America
Hal-Barstow-imageA highly successful businessman and active Rotarian, Hal found his life’s passion when he sailed as a trainee crew member in the 1997 Tall Ships Race from Scotland to Norway. After witnessing what sail training can do for young people on that voyage, he became an enthusiastic volunteer at Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Topsail Youth Program. Since then, he has crewed on 10 Class A vessels to 40 ports around the world. Tall Ships America honored Hal as “Volunteer of the Year” in 2006, and he serves on their Advisory Board.

Capt. Les Bolton

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority / Tall Ships America 
Les has been actively involved in sail training and maritime heritage projects since the late 1970’s. For the past 21 years, he has served as the Executive Director of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. Capt. Bolton has been a board member of the Tall Ships America since 2001. He is a graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration and in 1992 was awarded the Robert Gray medal for distinguished achievement in the field of Pacific Northwest Maritime History. A founding member of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council, Les currently serves as Washington co-chair.

Capt. Bernardo Herzer

LEHR Corp.

After logging more than 40,000 nautical miles as a licensed ship captain Bernardo became a successful entrepreneur, inventor and alternative fuels expert. As the Founder and CEO of LEHR Corp., his work has proven that environmentally friendly technology can be good business and has earned him many honors including the EPA Clean Air Excellence Award. As a member of the Founder Institute, he mentors university business students in entrepreneurship.

Martin Römer

The Atlantis Foundation

 In 2009, Martin joined forces with the Tres Hombres, the only sailing cargo vessel without an engine sailing the Atlantic Ocean. Now working with the Atlantis Foundation in the Netherlands, Martin’s top priorities are keeping Tres Hombres on the ocean and building the biggest hybrid sailing cargo vessel ever, the ecoliner Fair Winds. As Safe Harbor’s man in Europe, he has been instrumental in helping form relations with the outstanding European tall ships community.

Christian Stark

 ChristianSChristian spent 15 years at Microsoft and the last 2 years at AT&T designing, building and marketing software for PCs and mobile devices. He is an expert in web technologies and social media marketing – and looks for every opportunity to combine those skills with his passion for sailing. As a volunteer crewmember on the schooner Zodiac, he is helping to bring the ship into the digital age by creating a 3D CAD model of the schooner using laser scans of the hull and interior.

Ed Steiner

Los Angeles Maritime Institute / Topsail Youth
Ed has served as volunteer/consultant for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute for more than 20 years. In addition to working with at risk youth Ed has enjoyed being involved in the Brigantine Boat Works project, the Swift of Ipswich restoration project and representing LAMI in the management of the 2005 and 2008 Tall Ship Festivals in the Port of Los Angeles.

Wojtek (“Voytec”) Wacowski

Sailor / Photographer
Voytec is an independent web and social media consultant specializing in maritime culture and traditional sailing ships. Born in Poland to a seafarer’s family, he has sailed more than 150,000 miles as an officer aboard tall ships around the world including Pogoria, Zew, Kaisei, Concordia and Amistad. He is an acclaimed tall ships and maritime photographer, whose work has been published and exhibited internationally.

Jeffrey Woods

Exec. Director, Lynx Educational Foundation
A long-time sailor and instructor in personal development, Jeffrey coordinates the educational programs of the Privateer Lynx and handles her dockside operations. His children’s fitness program J.W. Tumbles, which he launched in 1985, has been successfully franchised both in the US and abroad. Stressing physical fitness and health, Jeff works as motivational speaker and consultant for several San Diego county school districts. He has also adapted his healthy lifestyle principles to corporate tea