CAPTAIN DAVID BILL sailed aboard Lasers, Lightnings, and Atlantic Class sailboats during his boyhood years on Long Island Sound.
In 1981, Dave left Southeastern Connecticut and went to sea as a third assistant engineer aboard freight ships, tank ships, and container ships. In 1987 he earned his USCG 50-ton Master auxiliary sail license and continued his seafaring career on sailing charter yachts in the Caribbean and New England waters
Dave signed aboard Tabor Academy’s nautical science program in 1989 and has served in the last 21 years in the roles of waterfront director, mate on SSV TABOR BOY, chairman and instructor of the nautical science department, dorm parent, and sailing instructor and is currently Director of the Tabor Academy Nautical Science Department.
In 1996 Dave returned to the University of Rhode Island to complete his Masters of Marine Affairs degree.
Captain Bill writes for Wooden Boat Magazine and teaches sailing and the elements of seamanship during the summer at the Wooden Boat School. He has also authored articles for Sailing Magazine.
In addition to sailing, teaching, enjoying dad time with his daughter, and messing around in boats with people of all ages, Dave founded Island Time Pet Toys and Accessories to create organic dog and cat toys and products. All Island Time products are made by hand here in the USA using a combination oftraditional nautical rope methods and only the finest quality 100%-cotton, American-made, non-toxic rope. Dave’s toys, collars, and custom leashes are extremely popular all natural items at some of New England’s boutique pet retail outlets and are now available directly at www.islandtimepets.com.