Capt. Rob Nilsen

TowBoatUS Captain

Captain Rob Nilsen holds a 100 ton masters license near coastal with sail and commercial towing assistance endorsements. He is certified in CPR and First Aid. Rob has worked part time for TowBoatUS Annapolis for 4 seasons. His full time job is Engineer and Mate on the Research Vessel Rachel Carson. The Carson is the research vessel for University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. He has held this position for almost three years. Prior to this he spent 29 years as rigging shop supervisor at Hartge Yacht Yard.

Rob is an avid racing sailor participating in local Chesapeake Bay races as well as high profile offshore races. He has competed in numerous Newport - Bermuda races and St. Maarten Heineken Regattas, winning and placing well in both venues. Rob and his wife Terri have been married for 33 years and live on the West River.