Andy Hoobing, Club Skipper | Modern Sailing

Andy Hoobing, Club Skipper

Living in landlocked Idaho can't keep Modern Sailing member Andy Hoobing away from sailing. Nearly once a month, Andy, often with family, flies across at least three states to go sailing on San Francisco Bay... or farther.

Andy began sailing in China in 2006 when on a 2-year work assignment in Shanghai. He had always been curious about sailing and saw the Shanghai Yacht Club advertisement in the back of a Lonely Planet guidebook. After joining, Andy started sailing dinghies and later ended up in a half ownership of a Dragon 5.7 (copy of a Flying Scot). Sailing became a nice way to get out of the city on the weekends, and something more.

“I love how when you are on a sailboat that you are only worried about the fiberglass below your feet. All of the other problems in your life fade away,” he says. (We know how addictive that feeling can be!)

Living in Boise, Idaho, Andy couldn't leave his love of sailing behind. In the spring of 2017, he joined Modern Sailing and began to progress through our ASA certification courses to qualify for bareboat chartering. During his jaunts here, he stayed nights aboard club boats.

After lots of practice here on San Francisco Bay and receiving his ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising and ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran certifications, Andy was able to charter boats in Belize, Italy and the British Virgin Islands. 

Andy says the most valuable skills he learned at Modern Sailing were about safety on the water. “Sailing with Modern and on the SF Bay taught me how to keep my head moving all the time and thinking about what could happen. There are so many moving pieces on the Bay and the training really helped me to make sure I would come back safely.”

In the fall of 2018, Andy enrolled in our Club Skipper Clinic. Skippering Club Sails at Modern Sailing soon became a feature of his frequent visits to the West Coast. He also sometimes sails at one of Modern's reciprocal clubs, Harbor Sailboats in San Diego. During 2020, he did not travel to Modern Sailing, but did earn his ASA 105 certification.

This December, Andy and his family, joined by friend and fellow Modern club member Lee Thomas, travelled a bit further for their sailing - to a bareboat charter in the British Virgin Islands. They had a blast! At Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke, Andy and Lee also happened to bump into another Modern Sailor, Christina Tierney! 

This January, Andy was back in Sausalito to skipper Modern Sailing's first Family Club Sail.

As much as Andy loves sailing on San Francisco Bay, he dreams of one day sailing off to the South Pacific to “roam around” for a couple of years.


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  • 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.

  • Andrew Goble, San Francisco

    It has been wonderful sailing with MSC over the years. Please extend my thanks to the owners, management, and staff for unrequited professionalism and high standards in a charter fleet. I have sailed with several in my years and none nearly hold a candle to the quality of business and staff at Modern Sailing.

  • Rolf Zingg

    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

    I did my sailing education in the English Channel, where the situation with the wind and flows is comparable to the San Francisco Bay. So I felt pretty much "at home" being on the helm in the Bay.

    I hope our skipper Stan Lander enjoyed this day cruise too. We, definitely did! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

    A very big thank you to all of you who made it possible, that my dream became reality! Also thank you for the MSC flag I got at the end of the day. It found it's place in my study, where I can see it daily.

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