Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association


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We are a professional organization for Coast Guard-licensed captains across the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast. We promote professional development and business opportunities for licensed captains.

Our captains operate charter boats, tour boats, survey and tow vessels, and ocean-going ships. Some provide instructions for new boat owners. Others deliver boats between ports. We have more than 300 licensed captains available to assist boat owners and dealers.


The video of the January 2023 speaker Maciej Rynkiewicz, ABYC “Understanding Lithium Ion Batteries” is available on the CAPCA YouTube Channel:

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Vice President

Captain Hans Hoffmann

USCG 100T Oceans STCW-International

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CAPCA members may know me from my activities within, and contributions to, the organization. These include: three years as past Board member (secretary), speaker at CAPCA meeting (Celestial Navigation), active member of the CAPCA Speakers Bureau on navigation topics (Southport HS; DC Boat Show); member of CAPCA Mentoring Program; and contributor to the LOG on navigation topics.

To be sure, I have gotten a lot out of the organization as well. Hearing from excellent speakers at our meetings is but one example. Moreover, CAPCA’s continuing education and training courses have been invaluable to me. I have taken almost every course offered. I can honestly say that my sail training and teaching has been enhanced and my mind has stayed sharper because of relevant courses our CAPCA directors of education and training have put together for us.

And what about me as a mariner? As a life-long sailor with over 30K NM under the keel (mostly off-shore) and following retirement from the U.S. Department of State, I got my USCG License (100 T, Oceans, STCW-International). Pre-COVID, I enjoyed fourteen years of sail training on offshore boats, schooners, and two brigantines (inland, western Atlantic, off the Pacific coast). Trainees were inner-city youth, college students and adults. For fun I sailed across the Atlantic in 2014.

Serving licensed captains and the maritime public