alumni spotlight

David Bill

wooden boat building program, 1991

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Dave’s love of boats has taken him all over the world, sailing everything from small Lasers to 50-ton ships. With schooling from Tabor, The Landing School and the University of Rhode Island, David is an outstanding example of what happens when passion meets education.

Dave 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. Shortly thereafter he attended The Landing School Wooden Boat Building program. In 1996 Dave returned to the Univer­sity of Rhode Island to complete his Masters of Marine Affairs degree.

Since that time he has served in the roles of waterfront direc­tor, mate on SSV TABOR BOY, chairman and instructor in the Nautical Science department at Tabor and sailing instructor.

His greatest joy is messing around in boats with people of all ages, including his daughter Tyler Bill. You can read Dave's nautical reflections and sea stories in his blog