Sean Simmons – 08/30/1970 – 11/12/2017, 29 years rigging experience, and 35 years sailing experience. Sean started in the marine industry in 1988 working for Harbor Yacht Rigging in Baltimore, Md as a Riggers’ Apprentice under the tutelage of a gentleman named Tom Snow. A few years later, he was promoted to a new job at the nearby Get-A-Way Sailing School as Chief Technician. Around 1993, he was hired at the original Tidewater Marine Center, also in downtown Baltimore, as their General Technician who specialized in Rigging. In 1997, Sean joined the rigging team at Chesapeake Rigging, Annapolis Spars Ltd. in hope of furthering his rigging skills and knowledge. Sean was able to take his skill-set to the next level under the tutelage and mentor-ship of the Mid-Atlantic’s best riggers, John Lyons (Master Spar Builder), and Patrick Jinks (Master Rigger/ Hydraulics Technician).
Sean succeeded with his quest to master his trade just a few years before Chesapeake Rigging Annapolis Spars was forced to close it’s doors in 2011. Within one hour of being laid off, Sean aggressively pursued the dream of starting his own business, known to this day as… The Rigging Company.
Just to touch on Sean’s vast sailing experience… he started sailing at the ripe young age of 12 with his step-father, friends and family. He and his siblings continued to sail regularly aboard his father’s boats until age 27, when he and his brother bought and campaigned their own J-24, USA 240 “Minor Threat”, for the next twelve years. Sean also actively sailed with many top Annapolis and Baltimore boats over the years. Winning trophies and achieving many accolades in competitive sailing.
Sean says, “Dad owned three boats in total (all at separate times) and was very meticulous about the boat’s care. Especially concerning the boat’s rigging and cleanliness. Dad always made sure that my sister, my brother, and I were always sharp and well cross trained so that any of us could manage any and all of the boats duties on our own, should we ever have the need to”.