While ALASKAN SONG is a unique and lovely boat, what really makes the charter experience is the crew!
Captain - Richard Friedman - Richard’s maritime experience is deep and passionate. He has been on the water for over 50 years, since he first sailed Long Island Sound as a young boy.
In 1984, U.S. Coast Guard Master's License in hand, Richard began running both power and sailing charters in Washington State and British Columbia. In 1994, Richard and his wife, Nancy, purchased the 60-foot yacht, Explorer. The couple spent two years circumnavigating North America with their three young sons in tow. The family then brought Explorer through the Panama Canal to the West Coast. Richard has been chartering full-time in Southeast Alaska since, first with Explorer and now with the Alaskan Song.
Certified as an Alaska Naturalist, Richard's warm, hospitable nature, lively curiosity, and broad maritime experience assure all of Alaskan Song’s guests of an informative, safe, and engaging charter.
Chef - Nancy Friedman - Nancy was born in Georgia, and moved with her family to the Pacific Northwest at the age of ten. Nancy brings her lifelong passion for nourishing people to the guests on Alaskan Song. Like all good chefs, Nancy's life informs her culinary creations. Picking up dishes and stories from her travels around the world, Nancy punctuates each guest’s experience with fantastic meals and her signature, indelible charm.
Nancy brings intention, grace and an open heart to the Alaskan Song. Together, she and Richard provide a one-of-a-kind experience, peppered with delicious food and good company.
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Deckhand - Matt Breinich - In 2016 Matt returns for his third season on board Alaskan Song. Matt was born and raised outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Matt was first with us in 2008 and returned last season (2015).
A man of many skills & interests, he is an avid photographer, keen on the outdoors, sailing, kayaking, climbing, hiking and also has an interest in cooking. Matt sailed the Mediterranean on a tall ship as a student. This winter Matt is working at a winery in Australia He is also an accomplished videographer and creates fantastic movies each week for our guests to bring home as a memento of their experience on Alaskan Song.
Matt will help guests with kayaking, fishing, guiding nature hikes, helping with general maintenance. His quiet, easy manner and passion for the outdoors will enhance our guest's experience in Alaska.
Steward - Hannah Haupt -
returns to Alaskan Song for her second season. She was born and raised in Sun Valley Idaho where she graduated
from Wood River High School in 2012.
She then went on to pursue a professional skiing career in Women’s Half Pipe Skiing. Competing in the 2013 World Cup circuit she qualified for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Trials where she unfortunately tore her ACL.
After the injury she made the move to Bellingham Washington to attend school and work towards a degree in kinesiology, pursuing a career as a Physical Therapist.
Growing up Hannah and her family would spend their summers at Savary Island (an island near Desolation Sound, British Columbia). During her summer vacations in Canada she spent her days crabbing, fishing, and boating through the sound. She spent 12 summers there.
Hannah strives for adventure in life and enjoys biking, hiking, golfing, fishing, and skiing. She loves new experiences and meeting new people.
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
Leave nothing behind but footprints, smiles & good memories
Minimize fossil fuel consumption whenever possible
Support local businesses and artists
Enhance understanding of local environment, culture & traditions
Educate as well as entertain
Fish to eat, and then release the rest to sustain the resources