Shane St. Clair has over 30 years of maritime experience, 21 years holding a 100-ton masters license with sail and towing endorsement. Shane put himself through college by promoting marine manufacturers with projects like his "Voyage Through America". This 5000-mile solo voyage around the eastern half of America gave his sponsor over a million dollars worth of publicity in magazine, newspaper and television coverage. Shane earned a B.A. in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and his Masters license from the US Coast Guard. He spent four years captaining a 71' aluminum sailing catamaran that delivered medical and dental services in the remote Pacific and became the organization's development director in 1992.
The next nine years he raised over six million dollars for non-profit organizations at Canvasback, later as the President of Search for One, Inc., and as a Senior Manager for the United Way in Portland, Oregon. He also achieved the professional certification, CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive). In 2001 he captained the "Stanhaven" through the Caribbean for the production of the reality television series "Dream Chasers" for five- time Emmy award winning Director, Lee Stanley. Shane has spoken at graduations, events, corporate audiences and has been featured in over 100 newspapers, magazines and television spots for his unique voyages. He won a Toastmasters International speech contest and has worked with over 30 sponsors during his voyages. Shane is a Captain for the 150' Dinner cruise ship "Portland Spirit", an ASA Certified Sailing Instructor (through ASA 205), an ABYC Certified Marine Electrician, and is Captain of Gallant, a 50' Grand Banks Ketch and a fleet of smaller sailing vessel which are ideal for small group sailing expeditions. Shane is also an ordained minister who specializes in on board weddings.
Shane was born in Salem and now lives with his wife, Christy and daughters, Amber and Emma, and son, Soren in Portland Oregon.