Swiftsure Yachts

Bill Niedringhaus

Broker/Anacortes

Growing up on San Juan Island, water was and is a way of life, and I am happy to call these beautiful islands home. As a child the San Juan Island Sailing Foundation gave me access to the water, which set me on a path to pursuing a career in the maritime industry.

Following high school I moved off the island to join the Seattle racing community and enrolled in Seattle Maritime Academy’s deck general program. With that diploma in hand I started working inland and intracoastal runs for Island Tug and Barge of Seattle as a deckhand and purchased a Dash 34 to campaign in Puget Sound-area races. From there I was invited to start sailing with a couple local Transpac 52 programs, and that experience gave me a taste of real Grand Prix racing and introduced me to traveling for sailing.

Then, while at a regatta on the east coast, I secured a job to assist a race program and since then have been involved in an impressive number of racing teams and organizations. I have worked across the marine industry as a yacht manager, owner’s representative, marine industry business owner, AB, Mate, Engineer, project manager, program manager, helmsman and boat captain on everything from 900-foot oil tankers to custom carbon everything purpose-built yachts. I has extensively raced and cruised the east coast from New England to the Florida Keys and the west coast from Alaska to California. Locally, I have circumnavigated Vancouver Island and run a Race to Alaska (R2Ak) campaign on Mama Tried (a custom 27-foot racing trimaran). All of these experiences proved to be huge opportunities to expand my knowledge and skill on the water, road, or in the boatyard.

Throughout my career, I have built a niche within the yachting community delivering exceptional service to one or two clients at a time. Last year my wife, son and I relocated to Anacortes and are loving the change from living afloat in Seattle. I usually get a chance each summer to run a 40-foot power boat to Desolation Sound and the surrounding area for a few weeks. Other than that I prefers to knock about the San Juans crabbing, fishing, sailing and spending time with my family.

I’m exceedingly grateful to call this maritime community home and look forward to meeting fellow boaters on the dock or along the way to their next destination.