Your Northwest Sailing Adventures Captain
Captain Scott Renzi
Captain Scott Renzi was born into a family who treasured time on the water, his earliest memories were of the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands. His family traveled by boat as much as they did by car. When he was ten years old, he got his first boat. Being on an international waterway, he quickly learned the water's rules and thirsted for freedom.
In his twenties, the west called, and he relocated to Bend, Oregon, where he started a business and embraced life in the high desert. In 2010 he started spending time in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. The area's vast and majestic waterways rekindled his passion for the water and awakened his adventurous spirit. Then, in 2012, he caught the sailing bug and never looked back.
He studied sailing at Puget Sound Sailing Institute and joined The Seattle Sailing Club. When he started taking groups of friends sailing, he realized that he enjoyed sharing the experience of sailing and teaching others. Then in 2013, Scott crossed paths with Captain Ron, Scott’s future collaborator, and his 35-foot Coronado ketch, Pato Feo. He fell in love with Pato, purchased her from Captain Ron, and moved aboard. Captain Scott has sailed extensively in the Salish Sea, from the far reaches of the South Sound, through the San Juan Islands, British Columbia, to Desolation Sound and beyond. Captain Scott’s sailing experience is not limited to the Pacific Northwest. He has skippered in the British Virgin Islands and, as a crew, island-hopped from Antigua to Grenada and across the Caribbean Sea to the BVI.
In 2019, Scott began collaborating with Ron and Mari of NW Sailing Adventures. After completing his Coast Guard certification, Captain Scott purchased S/V Blew Dreams and became a team member. Following the 2021 season, Captain Scott purchased NW Sailing Adventures and S/V Dimenuendo to become the owner and primary skipper of a two-vessel charter fleet.
Captain Scott is a natural on the water and loves sharing the joy of sailing with others. It is amazing how he gets everyone involved and makes them feel like they are part of the crew. He instills confidence in the first-timers to get behind the helm or to trim a line. He is also a lover of adventure and will creatively guide each trip to be unique to those aboard.
First Mate/Chef Todd Hennings
Todd Hennings spent 10 days in 2016 sailing in the British Virgin Islands with a new friend Scot Renzi and that adventure confirmed his suspicion that "Yes, sailing is awesome!"
Coming aboard as first mate last season continues Todd’s lifelong goal of seeking out adventure. Having graduated from the Art Institute of Houston in 2004 with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts, he headed out West to Northern California. From catering salmon bbq dinners on the Klamath River to working at Plaza Grill and Golden Harvest Cafe, he continued exploring his love of cooking. In 2009, he moved to the remote town of Petrolia on the Lost Coast, where he spent five years homesteading on a property accessible only by kayak or canoe in the Winter months. Still based in Petrolia with his fiancé Shannon Dupret, Todd is a lieutenant for the Volunteer Fire Department. He works on various construction projects ranging from equipment operator building agricultural ponds to creating custom cabinets out of reclaimed old-growth redwood.
In 2022 Todd joined the NW Sailing Adventures team as First Mate/Chef aboard Dimenuendo. Having taken the American Sailing Association classes 101 through 104, he was eager to put this knowledge to use, cruising and catering with guests in the San Juan Islands magical backdrop. Teaming up with Captain Scott again for 2023, Todd is excited to continue the adventure of sharing his culinary creations, great conversation, and any other treasures the Islands have to offer.
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