Alaska Sea Adventures Crew
Captain and Owner
Captain Dennis ‘Hank’ Rogers is a professional mariner with over three decades of experience navigating the waters of Alaska as a commercial fisherman. He is a U.S. Coast Guard certified master of vessels to 200 tons and is trained and certified in first aid and CPR. Continued educational courses in marine safety, technical training, first aid, and even a certification as an emergency medical technician have added an even greater degree of expertise, and an extra margin of precaution. With enthusiastic affection for the Alaskan outdoors and a fascination with its diverse wilderness flora and fauna, Dennis continues on his quest to experience and explore more of the wonders of this area he calls home, Southeast Alaska!
While pursuing an education in marine biology Dennis enjoyed the allure of time spent aboard research vessels and eventually satisfied the desire to be on the water after becoming involved with the commercial fisheries in Alaska. The waters of SE Alaska are home to this long-time Petersburg Alaska resident, who with his wife Toni has raised two sons that enjoyed summers learning nautical skills aboard the families’ fishing vessels. Decades of fishing the local waters during year-around seasonal fisheries for salmon, herring, halibut, prawns, tanner and king crab, have made him a master of this region and its waterways.
A career change from commercial fishing to charter yacht ownership and operations provides the platform for Dennis to share with visitors the raw magnificent beauty and wildlife found among the islands, fjords, coves and bays of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage and Tongass National Forest that he so passionately enjoys.
With great enthusiasm, Captain Dennis continues Alaska Sea Adventures 35-year tradition of unsurpassed SE Alaskan cruises. Dennis addition of a variety of professionally guided expeditions has augmented the companies’ diversity of cruise offerings. Individual tours focused on archeology, natural and cultural history, photography, sea kayaking, fly-fishing, ornithology, whale and wildlife observation are only some of the typical adventures offered.
Dennis enthusiastically looks forward to utilizing the knowledge acquired during a career of fishing on and owning vessels up to 180 feet in length to safely share with guests aboard the Northern Song and Alaska Legend the beauty and adventure of the Alaskan seas and spectacular surroundings he has passionately enjoyed all of his adult life.
“Thanks to Captain Dennis and all the crew for an outstanding introduction to Southeast Alaska. It is a delight to travel with a crew that enjoys their work so much.”
Dick & Doris R.
Lydia Perez was born and raised in San Francisco; she was introduced to the sea by her brother, Harry, who was the Harbor Master of the SF Marina. He enchanted her with his sea stories so much that at 19 years old she sailed out of the Golden Gate Bridge and returned when she was 26. Cooking on sailing yachts during deliveries and charters throughout the Pacific Northwest, South Pacific, South East Asia, Caribbean, and the Mediterranean; introduced her passion for cooking and love for the sea.
Returning to the United States she moved back to California to the wine country. There she learned about wine and paring wine with food. Paid attention to chefs as they brought the garden to the table, now Lydia’s trademark for cuisine. Incorporating creative cooking and edible art is always the goal in her cooking. Four years ago she was back on the sea bringing the duo of cooking and sailing together again. She found herself preparing Alaskan cuisine once again in the familiar inside passage. She also has the philosophy that the preparation and presentation of the meal must be worthy of the Alaskan catch.
In 2010 Lydia started her own company 1Gourmetgal, where she is a personal chef in private homes or on private motor yacht and sailing charters on the sea. She grows and blends her own organic personal herbs and brings them proudly to her table.
Jenn’s love of food started with the fresh and seafood-centric diet of her native Southern California. Subsequent moves to Seattle and Sydney only deepened her love for the fruits of the sea. Jenn spent time exploring the flavors of Oceania, Southeast Asia, and Europe for most of 2015, visiting 17 countries and managing to take a cooking class in each one. She then returned to Australia, where she spent time perfecting her cooking chops at the Sydney Seafood School before being recruited to Southeast Alaska in the summer of 2016.
Jenn’s love of Alaskan seafood is apparent in the food she prepares, and she will showcase the best of the local cuisine while blending in her favorite flavors from her travels. Guest favorites include her signature Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese, a French take on Halibut Olympia, and the highly-addictive Peanut Butter Brownies. Enjoying Jenn’s culinary journey is the perfect compliment to your Alaskan adventure!
World traveller Stephanie, also known by her crewmates as “The Most Interesting Woman In the World,” started her life in Romania, became a championship figure skater in British Columbia on a quest for the Olympics, then spent much of her young adulthood working on fishing boats everywhere from Scotland to Maine. She speaks half a dozen languages, earned a Master’s Degree by the age of 23, and she can identify almost everything in a tidepool (and will happily do so for guests).
These days, she proudly serves as first mate on the Northern Song while also earning her PhD in Marine Biology. She has collected many interesting and exciting stories from her adventures around the world that she is always happy to share with guests.
Captain Wade Loofbourrow USCG Master 1600/3000 tons
Capt. Wade Loofbourrow is a long-time professional mariner with decades of experience. He holds a US Coast Guard Master license for vessels of up to 1600/3000 gross tons.
He began his maritime career while a freshman at the University of California, Santa Barbara working as an oceanographic technician. In order to pay his way through university he pursued a combination of commercial diving, commercial fishing, and continued work in biological oceanography. He completed a degree in zoology with emphases in marine biology and fisheries at Humboldt State University. After a stint working as a fisheries biologist in East Africa, he spent many years working as a commercial diver and commercial fisherman from Mexico to Alaska.
In 1980 he moved to Juneau, where he pursued construction, boat repair, and commercial fishing. In 1985 he accepted a position aboard a patrol vessel with the Alaska State Troopers, then accepted a job as Master aboard Alaska Department of Fish and Game research vessels in 1988, eventually becoming fleet manager for Southeast Region. This enabled him to participate in work on numerous species (3 species of king crab, tanner crab, Dungeness crab, all 5 species of Pacific salmon, geoduck clams, sea cucumbers, spot shrimp, numerous groundfish species, herring, various pelagic species, and marine mammals including whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals), physical oceanography, marine geology, parasitology, and various educational missions with numerous institutions including University of Alaska, University of British Columbia, Texas A&M University, University of Hawaii, Colorado State University, and the University of California. This research work enabled unusually extensive exploration of virtually every corner of Southeast Alaska, Prince William Sound, and Kodiak Island.
In the spring of 2006 he retired from State service to pursue other interests.
Capt. Loofbourrow feels extremely privileged to have had such remarkable opportunities to have explored Southeast Alaska and Southcentral Alaska in such depth over the past quarter century, and takes great pleasure in sharing those privileges. He enjoys teaching, particularly natural history, navigation, and seamanship.
He has been married for 30 years. His two sons were born and raised in Juneau. He actively hunts and fishes and enjoys hiking, music, and good conversation. He continues to study biology.