Diversity in Yachting with Gabriela Barragan: Guest Marcus Asante

Feb 04, 06:00 PM
Marcus is the Director of Marine Arts Workshop (MAW). 

MAW creates learning opportunities and events designed to educate teen and young adult students about marine trades and sailing/boating safety. An annual youth regatta is held in Cambridge, MD with New Bedford, MA and Baltimore, MD soon to be added.

He works as an active Marine Technician as a private contractor with customers between Baltimore and Annapolis, serving power and sailboat owners. Recent projects include work involving gas and diesel engines, sailboat rigging, electrical troubleshooting, electronics installations, fiberglass and gelcoat repair, yacht transport and demolition, purchase and sales of vessels, winterization, pumps and water systems, and canvas/sail repair.

He is a 2010 graduate of the Marine Studies Program at The Landing School in Arundel, Maine where he received ABYC certifications in Marine Diesel engines, Marine Electrical, and Marine Systems. He also completed certification in Dometic Vacu-Flush installations.

Marcus has worked at many marinas and boatyards around the Chesapeake Bay. He has also sailed much of it, from Norfolk to the C and D Canal on a variety of sail and power vessels over the last 25 years, in addition to many locations from Maine to Florida and the Caribbean. He
was previously a sailing instructor for Living Classrooms Foundation, Getaway Sailing School, and Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound in Baltimore. 

He currently owns a 1980 Hunter 36 sailboat, which will continue to ply the waters of the Chesapeake and beyond.

Marcus is the Founder of Universal Sailing Club, whose members are mostly African American, and is the only sailing club of this demographic on the US East Coast. His achievements have been recognized by numerous media outlets including Baltimore Sun, Chesapeake Bay
Magazine, and Boating Industry Magazine.

Cambridge youth learn boatbuilding, sail the Choptank.

Flying the Red, Black and Green: Universal Sailing Club brings black sailors on deck.

Contact Marcus anytime at 410-371-0540 or marcus@marinearts.org or

To be part of the show "Diversity in Yachting" contact Gabriela via instagram @_littlegaby

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