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Newport Beach
Andrea Bill, 1600GT Master
With over 20 years command experience Capt. Andrea has put thousands of miles under the keel as a delivery, charter, commercial and private vessel captain. She holds a 1600 ton Oceans Master license with endorsements, a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Emergency First Responder Instructor and EMP Medic First Aid Instructor qualifications. In various command positions Andrea has trained both owners and professional crew alike in all aspects of large vessel operations, lifesaving and safety procedures. As an instructor for the BASIC CRUISING, COASTAL CRUISING AND NIGHT OPERATIONS courses, Andrea brings her real-world experience onboard any vessel; offering students a wealth of knowledge and lessons-learned based on hands-on experience.
Jackson Willett, 100 GT Master
With over 20 years of power and sail experience, a 100ton Master Mariner license with endorsements and US Powerboating and Sailing instructor certifications, Jackson takes pride in offering pragmatic, real-world, hands-on training to his students. A native of New York City and long-term year resident of Southern California Jackson has logged thousands of power and sail hours cruising and racing in the U.S. and Mexico. A love for the sport of boating, and helping others to enjoy the marine-based lifestyle, led Jackson to create Newport Coast Maritime Academy. As a certifying instructor for the BASIC CRUISING, COASTAL CRUISING, NIGHT OPERATIONS & BASIC KEELBOAT courses Jackson’s goal is to empower every student with the knowledge and skills to become a confident, competent and qualified vessel operator.

James Baldwin, 100GT Master

After starting his career in the Navy, at the helm of the carrier USS George Washington, Capt. James has continued his maritime career as an offshore tow captain, marine technician, fleet operations manager and commercial charter captain. With nearly 15 years of blue water experience James holds a 100 ton Master Mariner license with endorsements, and STCW certificate. As an instructor for the BASIC CRUISING, COASTAL CRUISING AND NIGHT OPERATIONS courses, James’ experience as a tow captain rescuing boaters in distress, enables him to offer students a first responder’s insight into how quickly things can go wrong and teach the preventative procedures and critical decision-making skills that can save lives during an emergency at sea.
Eric Dobbyn, 100GT Master
With over 20 years of command experience supplemented by extensive mechanical and maintenance skills, Capt Eric offers his technical expertise to students wishing to advance their knowledge of vessel maintenance, underway troubleshooting and offshore cruising. Recently relocated to CA from the East Coast, Capt. Eric holds a 100T Master Mariner license with endorsements. His extensive commercial cruising experience serves as the basis of knowledge he shares with students for the BASIC CRUISING, COASTAL CRUISING, NIGHT OPERATIONS, & VESSEL MAINTENANCE courses.
Philip Thompson
A two-time America’s Cup Skipper and multi-year finalist in the 12 Meter, 5.5 Meter, Etchells and Laser Class World Championships, Philip brings a world-class level of competitive experience to our Keelboat Racing courses. His knowledge of racing tactics, vessel tuning, weather and race course optimization continues to earn him top honors in Laser, Harbor 20 and blue water regattas. A native of Australia, Philip has called Southern California home for 30 years. In addition to his passion for racing Philip owns several successful maritime business including the sales, maintenance and tuning of a fleet of Harbor 20’s across the U.S. As lead instructor for Newport Coast Maritime Academy’s KEELBOAT RACING COURSES, Philip offers a lifetime of racing knowledge and experience to our students.
San Diego
Elizabeth Andrews, 1600GT Master
A native of North Carolina, Capt. Elizabeth holds among other certifications, a USCG 1600 Ton license, RYA/MCA Yachtmaster 200 Ton license and is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Having recently relocated from the East Coast, Capt. Elizabeth brings thousands of miles of command experience to the NCMA training team to teach the BASIC CRUISING, COASTAL CRUISING AND NIGHT OPERATIONS courses. As a Certified National Safe Boating Council instructor and RYA 200 Ton Yachtmaster instructor, Capt. Elizabeth is both an experienced command skipper and professional training instructor.  Her extensive offshore experience on both coasts of the United States offers students an invaluable source of knowledge for transcoastal and Caribbean cruise planning.
Nathan Blomstrand, 100GT Master
A lifelong mariner, Captain Nathan began his career in Seattle, cruising the waters of the Pacific Northwest. He spent six years in the U.S. Navy as a Special Boat Operator, and later returned to Seattle to become Harbormaster for the City of Kirkland public marinas. Now residing in San Diego, Captain Nathan is a highly respected commercial charter captain, and private yacht master. He holds several endorsements and has been certified by the US Coast Guard to teach the 100ton Master course. As an instructor for the BASIC CRUISING, COASTAL CRUISING AND NIGHT OPERATIONS courses, Nathan’s proven experience in a command role, competence on a variety of vessel platforms, and exemplary instructor experience enables him to instill competence and confidence with any new boater.


We take pride in teaching our students the skills and techniques to become safe and proficient vessel operators.


2901 West Coast Highway, 
Newport Beach, CA 92663


1 (949) 287-5454


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Newport Coast Maritime Academy

2901 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663



Newport Coast Maritime Academy
Phone: 949-287-5454
2901 West Coast Highway, Suite 246, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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