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New and Familiar Faces at MSC Become Instructors

This October, Modern Sailing congratulates nine sailors who have graduated from our fall ASA Instructor Qualification Clinics. You may recognize three Modern Sailing club members among them, and some IQC students have also become new instructors at MSC. We love to celebrate our students, members, and staff for their every achievement, but we admit there's a bit of extra thrill when they become licensed captains and instructors! Meet the three members who completed IQCs and two more who are now teaching courses at Modern Sailing.

Eric Partika

“My name is Eric and I am a lover of water and boats. I moved to San Francisco in 2008 and immediately got into sailing on the Bay. I have owned two cruising sailboats in Emeryville and Sausalito, but in 2017, I decided to leave ownership and join Modern Sailing. I am an avid fan of our club and have completed the lion’s share of my sailing training here and most recently completed the Instructor Qualification Courses to teach 101, 103, 104, 114 and 118. I enjoy sharing my love of sailing with friends, family and club members, which has lead me to becoming a sailing instructor. I have done destination sails to Catalina and overseas in the Italian Riviera and love to share experiences and lessons learned. I hope to foster other people’s interest for sailing and offer up any knowledge I have gained over the years. Hope to meet you on the water some day!”

Eric has also been a Club Skipper since July. He plans to begin teaching courses at Modern Sailing as soon as he completes his USCG Coast Guard licensing requirements. Way to go, Eric!

Jason Rock

"I grew up boating and waterskiing on the lakes of Florida. After moving to San Francisco for a job in biomedical research, I began sailing the Bay with friends and progressing through the ASA curriculum. Several of my sailing instructors were truly inspirational and I caught the sailing bug. I look forward to sharing this amazing sport with future students and helping them become capable and confident sailors. I live in Sausalito where I also keep a sailboat. I love the natural beauty and easy access to the world class sailing on San Francisco Bay."

Scott Paul

"I came to San Francisco for my second extended stay last May and have been getting out on the Bay to sharpen my sailing skills. I enjoy doing charter work and hosting friends and guests, here and in the Caribbean, but instructing can be even more rewarding in my mind. I love seeing my students light up and feel some pride and a sense of accomplishment when they first feel the wind and the lift, stick it right in the slip, or steer the perfect course. I like the sense of teamwork with students, and what a great family at Modern Sailing. Thank you for welcoming me to the team!"

Karl Bunker

Karl has been a member of Modern Sailing since 2016. It was obvious from the beginning that Karl had big plans for his sailing career. In early 2017, a few months after earning his ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing and ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising certifications, Karl completed our USCG OUPV Captains License Course. This fall, he became qualified to teach ASA 101, 103, 104, 105, and 118 and instructed his first course with Modern Sailing in early October. Welcome aboard, Karl, and a big congratulations on your achievements!

Jaskarn Johal

Jas's extensive history as a student and member of Modern Sailing goes all the way back to 2013. In September, he completed ASA 201 and 203. We applaud you, Jas!

Do you love sharing your passion for sailing with others? Are you ready to take your sailing to the next level by becoming a paid professional? We're here to help you make it happen. Learn more about ASA Instructor Qualification Clinics and USCG Captain's License Courses at Modern Sailing School & Club, call (415) 331-8250, or send us an email.

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  • John Boynton

    The class was terrific. I know you must get many compliments about your sailing instructors...But I must tell you that Robert is outstanding. Having taught SCUBA, I really appreciate the way he is so sensitive to all on board, dealing with each so well, knowing quickly their strengths and weaknesses making each feel special and cared for.

  • Casey Bishop, Corporate Regatta

    WE LOVED IT! The whole team was so honored and thankful. Thanks so much for all of your team's hard work and excellence in organizing our party. Of the 22 of us, only 4 had ever been sailing and not in the Bay. The guys had an incredible experience, the skippers were all really great, allowing each of us to be at the wheel. They were kind and empowering. Plus the weather and wind were perfect! It was definitely one of the top 3 experiences that we have shared as leaders in the past 5 + years. We couldn't have asked for a better day!

  • Trudy Flores

    Captain Jeff Cathers is really cool. I had such a great time on the Farallones Day Trip. It was actually my very best day of 2020. Thank you so much for coordinating the trip.

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