Now retired from teaching and writing, Bill Whitman has contributed a wealth of academic expertise as well as industry knowledge to this book. Mr. Whitman graduated from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Education. He received his master's degree in School Administration from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont. After instructing drafting courses for three years, Mr. Whitman became the Director of Vocational Education for the Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, Vermont -- a position he held for eight years. He spent five years as the Associate Director of Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Whitman was the head of the Department of Industry for Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for 18 years.
A Cambridge-educated engineer, Bill Johnson swapped his career for long distance sailing. He stopped logging miles sailed somewhere around 50,000. He was a sailing instructor for ten years, focusing on the RYA courses from beginner to Yachtmaster level.