COO Bill Moreland has Taken a Shine to J/105 Sailing - and so will you! | Modern Sailing

COO Bill Moreland has Taken a Shine to J/105 Sailing - and so will you!

Modern Sailing/Inspire Sailing Chief Operations Officer Bill Moreland is a 100 Ton Master Captain whose 40-plus years of sailing experience is mainly with a robust variety of cruising boats in the 30 to 60-foot range. During a recent Team Sail at our Berkeley location, Bill had his first taste of sailing the J/105 and was immediately smitten with the model. He was elated with her eager swiftness in light winds, graceful responsiveness, stability, and ease of balance.

"The J/105 is an absolute joy to sail!" he says enthusiastically. Now Bill wishes he could have a J/105 at both the Sausalito and Berkeley locations. (Sorry, Bill! That wish won't come true!)

J/105s are thought of as the "big sister" of the J/24 and the ideal San Francisco Bay day sailor. With similar rigging and all the fun, fast, and responsive performance of the J/24, and the added amenities of a comfortable salon, marine head, galley, and roomy cockpit, the J/105 appeals to sport sailors and cruisers alike. She is the perfect choice for sailors who enjoy speed and performance while entertaining larger crews on longer excursions around the Bay. The model also sails beautifully in both light airs and heavy winds for enjoyable sailing on the Bay year-round.

Sausalito members who have completed ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising and a Berkeley Site Orientation Sail and those who completed a US Sailing Bareboat Cruising course in Berkeley are qualified to charter the J/105s Nirvana and Resolute. The Berkeley Racing Clinic is also helpful but not required.

Don’t just take Bill’s word for it - experience it for yourself. After a day of sailing the J/105, you’ll be walking on air!

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  • Warren Leiden, Member

    I try to get out on the water every week: out the Gate, around Angel, up Raccoon - I love it all. After 18 years as a member of OCSC in Berkeley, I learned to sail the bigger boats at Modern by taking ASA 103 and 104. My ASA 104 instructor Dave Russell was terrific. Also, Captain Bill Moreland has been very generous in giving informal advice whenever I’ve asked him. Thanks to Bill, I no longer have any anxiety about docking!

  • 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.

  • Steve Hood, Basic Coastal Cruising

    I would definitely recommend Modern Sailing to anyone who is interested in learning to sail the right way.

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