Captain Jerry Chitwood
By Ed Bertha
Cover Photography by James Corwin Johnson
“Voyage Of The Eskimo III”
One could talk for hours about Captain Jerry Chitwood. Known locally for Chitwood Charters, most in Sarasota don’t know what this unpretentious individual has accomplished, and who he knows. Be it the huge painting that still hangs in Indiana’s Ben Davis High School commemorating his wrestling feats. Or, the tough middle linebacker at Indiana State University, who also was the team’s captain. Maybe it’s becoming a pilot at age 21 and being featured in Neiman Marcus’ “His/Her Gift of the Year” piloting an Egland Hovercraft. Maybe it’s being told by Sarasota bankers and yacht brokers that his business plan for a yacht charter company wouldn’t fly when he relocated to Sarasota many years ago to escape the harsh winters in Indiana.
Ah, next it’s his little black book whose page’s overflow with the likes of Read More