Capt Sam Sikkema fell in love with the water early in his life. Sailing dinghys on Lake Michigan as a kid with his father, he quickly grew up to sailing larger and larger boats.
When in High School he joined the Sea Scouts and had the opportunity to start sailing large traditional sailing vessels around his home waters in the Great Lakes.
When Sam left school he turned to seaward and never looked back, launching into a maritime career that has taken him around the world and sailed on all of the worlds oceans in Schooners, Square Riggers, Training Ships, Yachts, Fishing Vessels, Commercial Vessels and work with Maritime Museums and Shipyards as a Carpenter and a Rigger.
Over the years he has sailed as crew in Niagara, Bounty, Sørlandet, Denis Sullivan, Californian, Red Witch, Nina, Robert C Seamans, Spirit of Bermuda, Alabama, Highlander Sea, Columbia, and the 1841 Whaling Ship Charles W Morgan. He has also been in command of Friends Good Will, Lynx, Tole Mour, Harvey Gamage, Lettie G Howard, Roseway, Victory Chimes and the ocean voyaging Training Ship, Picton Castle.
Capt Sikkema, along with many certifications, holds a US Coast Guard Masters License for vessels up to 1600 tons upon Oceans and 3rd Mate unlimited. He is licensed internationally to be Master of vessels of up to 3000 tons and mate of any vessel worldwide. He also holds the Nautical Institute International Sail Endorsement for Square Rig and Fore & Aft Rig.
Along with his passion for being on the water Sam has always enjoyed playing music and is a student of History and Marine Preservation. When he is not at sea you can find him between Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and Rockland, Maine playing music and building boats with his friends.