PSCC December Meeting: Captain Tuuli Messer-Bookman

Join us for the PSCC monthly meeting on December 15th for a talk by Captain Tuuli Messer-Bookman.

Capt. Tuuli Messer-Bookman grew up aboard wooden sailboats in picturesque Sausalito, California. Her parents, both teachers, lived aboard for over thirty years. In 1986, Tuuli graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. After several years of working as a ship’s officer aboard commercial cargo ships, she earned her U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited Tonnage Oceans Master’s license. She has sailed over 300,000 sea miles as a ship’s officer. She returned shoreside and earned her law degree at the University of San Francisco, School of Law and is a (non-active) member of the California State Bar. After law school she started teaching at California Maritime Academy, where she taught all aspects of navigation and was the lead instructor for U.S. Coast Guard license exam preparation for the Academy’s senior cadets. She was also a certified assessor for navigational watchstanding in the Academy’s state-of-the-art full-mission ship simulator. After 23 years at Cal Maritime, she retired in 2018 and moved to Gig Harbor, WA with her husband Barry.

She writes for various maritime publications and is the author of three books: Maritime Casualties: Causes and Consequences, the Master’s Handbook on Ship’s Business, 3rd ed. and Close Quarters: A Woman’s Guide to Living and Working in Masculine Environments. She has worked as a maritime consultant and expert witness on over 100 cases since 1995 and has testified on maritime matters in both state and federal courts. Capt. Messer-Bookman is a member of the Nautical Institute, the Propeller Club, the Navy League, the U.S. Power Squadron, and is the Education co-chair at Tacoma Yacht Club. She also teaches the 100 Ton course at Compass Courses in Edmonds, WA. Capt. Messer-Bookman and her husband enjoy boating aboard their trawler Gooso, playing with their two dogs, and fixing up neat old things together.

Meetings are held every third Friday of the month at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The meeting is open to all, but we do ask for a $5 donation at the door to help pay for the venue and club expenses. Zoom attendees can make a donation by Paypal or credit/debit card here. We look forward to seeing you there!


Sheri shared photos from the December meeting which had a surprise visit by Santa!: