Get to know the Captains of CYS!

Captain Charlie Agnew:

  • USCG 100-Ton Inland Master
  • USCG 100-Ton Near Coastal Mate
  • USCG Sail Endorsement
  • Basic Safety Training
  • Cruising Club of America (CCA) member
  • Interested in ocean racing, ocean deliveries, and coastal cruising
  • Email for his full sailing resume.
  • See his profile on LinkedIn

Charlie Agnew was led to the sea after reading about traditional sailing vessels and ensuing daydreams. Charlie got his start sailing on tall ships doing deck work and educational programs on these traditional vessels all over North America and Caribbean. As a deckhand on tall ships such as the Liberty Clipper, Roseway, and Exy Johnson, Charlie gained practical experience and worked his way up in rank and knowledge. After a few years on traditionally-rigged ships, Charlie then transitioned to smaller yachts, doing some ocean racing and deliveries along the east coast. His sailing experience has included a Bermuda Race, Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, Key West Race, NYYC cruises, and the ARC World Cruising Rally, among other voyages. Charlie then began managing a few small private yachts and gained his USCG 100-ton Masters License. For several years now he has run privately owned yachts, doing deliveries, ocean racing, coastal cruising, and guest entertainment. Charlie has recently been admitted as one of the youngest members of the exclusive Cruising Club of America. He now lives in Portland and works on the waterfront in the summer, sailing anything he can.



Captain Charlie Orne:

  • Email for his full sailing resume.

Charlie Orne was raised with a respect for the sea. He learned to sail in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and raced competitively through high school in 420s and Lasers. As a junior in high school he was accepted to Ocean Classroom and spent his spring semester sailing a 140-foot traditionally-rigged schooner through the Caribbean as far as South America and up the east coast as far as Nova Scotia. Maine Maritime Academy was the next stop and he graduated from the four year Small Vessel Operations program in 2010. During his time at MMA he worked on ferries, tug boats, water taxies, and even got his "blue nose" as crew on an 88-foot wooden schooner that sailed deep into the Arctic Circle on the west coast of Greenland! Since Graduating with his Captains license, Charlie has worked as third mate on a 150-foot traditionally-rigged schooner, and Master on a 72-foot traditionally-rigged cutter. Additionally, he has delivered a 50-foot sailing yacht in the Caribbean 1500, a 1500 mile transit from Virginia to Tortola, and crewed and captained several shorter deliveries in New England. Currently he works for an offshore supply vessel company in the Gulf of Mexico but is home in Portland, Maine, half the year and sailing every chance he gets!