Our Staff

Our professional and friendly staff is here to help you get the most out of your sailing experience!  Do you have questions or would like to get in touch with us?  Email us, or give us a call (415) 331 - 8250.  We look forward to seeing you around the club.

Operations Team

President and CEO

An electrical engineer by education, Leigh was working in Product Management for Bay Area telecommunications companies before he decided to make sailing a profession and purchased Modern Sailing in July 2014.

Originally from Canada, Leigh began his sailing education at a Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) school in Ontario. After moving to California in 2004, he quickly found two ASA schools to help take his skills to the next level. He completed his ASA 106 at Modern Sailing by...

School & Membership Sales Director

AJ has always had a love for the sea and water activities. She has enjoyed sport-fishing excursions in Hawaii, the Caribbean, South America and Mexico. Other favorite activities include kayaking, white water rafting, water skiing, wind surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, power boating, surfing and snorkeling.

Her desire to learn how to sail came about when she connected with a group of avid racers and was invited to join their racing team out of San Francisco. AJ enjoys friendly...

Instructors & School Leadership

Head Instructor

Stan started sailing at age 15 on Clearlake (Lake County, California) in Flying Juniors. During high school and college, he sailed and raced on trailer able catamarans (mostly Hobie 16s). After graduating from San Jose State University, Stan entered the United States Coast Guard and earned a reserve officer's commission in Yorktown Virginia. During his 20 year career, he served in the Coast Guard Cutter Morganthau as a Deck Watch Officer and in Coast Guard Cutter Northland as the Operations...

On the Water Programs Director & Global Destinations General Manager
Instructor

Michael grew up on the water. He began canoeing and kayaking rivers and lakes in his teen years, and as a young adult learned navigation skills while serving in the U. S. Navy as an Operation Specialist throughout the Pacific, China Sea and Indian Ocean.

He returned to California where he continued to enjoy white water rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. In the late 80's he acquired a 21 foot Santana and began his sailing odyssey. He recreationally sailed on lakes throughout Northern...

Instructor

It is never too late to learn something new…it is never too late to learn to sail.

Growing up, Jeff had very little exposure to sailing. On rare occasions he had the opportunity to sail on dinghies, but never learned how to sail on his own. In 2003, after retiring from a lifelong career in the restaurant industry, he and his wife, Barbie, moved to Inverness, just north of San Francisco where they currently run a vacation rental business. In late 2006 on a beautiful Indian summer...

Instructor

Wolfgang immigrated to the US over 40 years ago, just married and with a brand-new degree in electrical engineering. He established himself in the Hi-Tech industry initially as a computer design engineer, and later, after completing an MBA, as manager and executive at various Silicon Valley companies.

Having always had a dream of sailing to far-away places, 25 years ago Wolfgang joined a sailing school on the Bay and proceeded to climb the ASA certification ladder. In 1991 he began...

Instructor
Customer Service

Peter returns to Modern Sailing to teach classes and skipper charter boats, having retired from managing commercial property and harbors in San Francisco and right here at Marina Plaza Harbor. He started sailing at the age of eight on his dad’s 24 foot sailboat, often spending weekends in Tiburon, sailing from the South Bay – Coyote Pt. After college at UC Berkeley, he expanded his sailing resume with a USCG License and his first job at Lake Tahoe. This was followed with three years running...

Instructor

Dave got his start sailing tall ships in the Caribbean in 1991, and this first experience in the islands changed his life forever. While he prefers to sail large catamarans, Dave has never met a boat he didn’t like. In fact he’s invested in three large schooners that offer vacation cruises in the Caribbean, and frequently crews on those ships.

Dave began instructing in 2009. His favorite activity is instructing the ASA courses for Cruising Catamaran and Bareboat Chartering, anywhere...

Instructor

On a cold winter day in 1971, this Montana boy wrote to sail charter companies: "Teach me to sail and I'll work for room & board." The following spring he started working for a small charter company on Lake Champlain. From Vermont, Stephen hitched a ride on a 61' sloop to New York City to board a 72' schooner bound for the Caribbean. Her winter passage was thwarted by 70 knot winds & 20 foot seas 200 miles off the coast of Delaware. The boat returned, damaged, to NYC.

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Instructor

Bill started sailing in San Francisco Bay over 30 years ago, while working in the supply chain business world.  He wanted to have something to take his mind off work, so he took sailing lessons in Santa Cruz.  He was hooked.

Over the years, Bill was active in the sailing community from racing on the Bay to being a Founding Member and first Commodore of a local yacht club.  He moved from San Francisco to the British Virgin Islands; back to San Francisco; to Washington state to...

Fleet Staff

Fleet Manager

Travis is an avid adventurer! In addition to being the Fleet Manager at Modern Sailing, he builds comprehensive Youth Programs and thrives on sharing his passion for the outdoors with Bay Area inner city youth. Whether he is surfing, rock climbing, back packing or fishing, he is engaging the wild and always stoked to explore the path less traveled. When it comes to sailing, exploration, adventure and spinnakers are key!

In Memoriam

John taught advanced sailing courses on San Francisco Bay and along the California Coast since 1993. As a former owner of Modern Sailing, his incredible experience and high-energy creativity helped to shape the school and club.

In addition to teaching local courses, John was most known for teaching advanced ASA courses in overseas locations including the South Pacific, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Seychelles Islands, Africa, and Alaska.

The John...

Testimonials

  • John Clark

    Every aspect of Modern Sailing - training, syllabus, course materials, quality of the boats, quality of the instructors, and the very friendly and helpful staff - exceeded my expectations. Modern Sailing has a first class sailing program in an environment with challenging winds and currents. I look forward to coming back to charter a boat and certainly plan to continue my sailing training.

  • John Kipping

    The meeting room was quite adequate and the location most convenient, but the course outline and instruction were outstanding. Modern Sailing is fortunate to have such a well organized instructor in Mr. Stan Lander who teaches very well from a rich professional background. Mr. Lander was generous with his time and patiently in helping students who needed more attention or time in understanding various aspects of the curriculum.

  • Esther C

    I took ASA 101 with them recently. They have the best customer service I've ever seen! I mistyped my address when I signed up online so didn't receive the textbook. I called and the lady immediately sent me another copy! Everyone at the club is super friendly.

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