Dwight Ledbetter, Co-owner/Vice President and Director of Support
Dwight has always proved a natural in water, from age three in activities such as swimming and sailing, to water skiing, surfing, and diving as he matured, to becoming a leader of World Champion Teams in the Maxi Racing Yacht arena. After 25 years of visiting ports and locales around the world, he wouldn’t have preferred to grow up anywhere else but the Space Coast of Florida. Skiing and surfing before school, sailing and swimming after classes, competing among World and Olympic Sailing Champions while anchoring his AAU Swim Team to State Titles and Top Ten Rankings in the National Junior Olympics taught Dwight the value of Dedication, Organization, and Teamwork. Although Dwight set and held eight records on the High School swim team, he declined opportunities in the form of scholarships and instead pursued the lure of Rough Necking the offshore oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico. Quickly working through the ranks, Dwight quickly progressed to become a Liquid Nitrogen Operator, once again setting records, this time in the physics of on-sight well control. But The Call of the Sea remained unfulfilled, and when the oil fields slowed in 1985 he seized on the opportunity to join his brother as Engineer aboard the legendary Maxi Racing Yacht Ondine VII. Dwight has never looked back. In his 22 years as a “Yachtie”, Dwight has, as a Captain and Tactician, held a leading role on teams which have won a number of titles ranging from the Maxi World Championships, to Antigua Race Week, to the Holy Grail of Offshore Yacht Racing, the Fastnet Race. He also held essential positions on the winning teams in the Newport to Bermuda Race (1988), Antigua Race Week (1989), and the Maxi Yacht Championships (1986). Dwight possesses a U.S. Coast Guard License as a 3,000 Ton Master upon all Oceans, has sailed over 196,000 blue-water miles, and has crossed the Atlantic 19 times, the Pacific 3 times, traveling the oceans from Quebec to Buenos Aires, and Hawaii to Italy. Having reached the pinnacle on sailing yachts, Dwight chose to pursue a new challenge as Captain of Luxury Charter Yachts. First, on a 119’ Sport Fish (at the time largest in the world). Then to a 106’ cruising yacht and a 126’ new build. Dwight again advanced quickly, this time to become Captain for the Chairman of the largest yacht builder in the United States, where his ‘Can Do’ attitude was utilized fulfilling ambitious charter schedules on four successive yachts owned by the Chairman. Dwight has now brought his wide ranging skills and natural abilities as a team builder ashore, joining as director and part owner of Neptune Group Yachting, where our Clients can expect to take advantage of his exceptional background and well rounded experience.