Douglas Bernon


February 4, 2002


For 14 years before going cruising, Douglas was a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice treating adults and children, and maintaining an active forensic practice. He was also a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Brown University Medical School, and president of the Rhode Island Association of Psychoanalytic Psychology. He has a certificate in Psychoanalysis, a Ph.D. in Education, and another Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

He’s worked as a consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health; US Department of Education; Western Union Telegraph Corporation; PSA Airlines; American Association of Retired Persons; Giant Food; National Institute of Drug Abuse; General Telephone and Electronics; and DTR Manufacturing Industries.

Douglas’s sailing experience includes an 18-month singlehanded cruise in the late 70s aboard a 30-foot wood folk boat named Evora on which he taught himself how to sail, and then explored the Tortugas, Exumas, Abacos. He’s chartered worldwide, and has owned a 24-foot sloop and now a 39-foot cutter.


In the 80s, he traveled to Nepal and spent a year trekking in the Himalayas. His photos from this adventure have been displayed in Smithsonian Exhibits in Washington. An accomplished photographer, Douglas’s work also has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler and in Cruising World. He’s lectured professionally on a wide range of subjects, including psychoanalytic profiles of Buster Keaton and Stephen King; childhood suicide; and forensic profiling.

Bernadette and Douglas Bernon have been married since 1990. Before selling everything and going cruising on their Shearwater 39, Ithaka, in 2000, they lived in Newport, Rhode Island. Cruising World is following their journey by publishing this interactive weekly column, written and filed by the Bernons every Friday from their boat.


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