Jen and Christian Philips - a cruising dream embarks with a cancelled membership | Modern Sailing

Jen and Christian Philips - a cruising dream embarks with a cancelled membership

"Sailing is everything. Being on the water, the accomplishment of setting the sails well, the freedom of movement without an engine… everything about sailing is perfect," says Jen Philips, former student and member of Modern Sailing. After many years with MSC, Jen and her husband Christian are now the proud owners of a 40' Leopard catamaran.

Long before they met 22 years ago, Jen and her husband Christian had each spent enough time on others' sailboats to know that sailing was something that they deeply loved and wanted more of.

When they moved together from Hawaii to Napa, they made the decision to "officially" learn to sail so that they could someday own a boat of their own. After completing ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing and ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising certification courses at Modern Sailing in 2007, they joined the club and began chartering right away.


"Modern Sailing did really well in giving us the skills we needed to comfortably handle any boat we wanted to take out. They made it possible for us to feel confident enough to buy our first boat Dragonfly, a 40’ Beneteau Oceanis, and ultimately now Sojourner, our 40’ Leopard catamaran," Jen says. "We can't wait to launch our liveaboard crusing dream!"

Sojourner (formerly named Salpare) is currently in Anacortes, Washington, and will remain there as part of a small charter service through the upcoming San Juan Islands sailing season.

Next fall, Jen and Christian will bring Sojourner down the coast to the Napa Marina for a refit, with plans to begin sailing semi-full time down the California Coast. On their way down from Washington, they want to stop at as many ports as along the coast as possible and really take their time exploring and getting to know their boat.

With two daughters in college, Jen and Christian plan to continue working seasonally over the next few years while exploring the West Coast aboard Sojourner. Longer term, they plan to begin cruising full time.

The crew at Modern Sailing congratulate Jen and Christian on the progress they've made towards realizing their dream of sailing adventures and on the purchase of Sojourner. We can't think of a better reason for members to cancel their club membership, and we look forward to following their adventures to come!


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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!

  • Guy Robinson, Member

    I started sailing at Modern at the end of 2021 and threw myself into it, spending as much time out on the water as I could. I came to Modern with some flat water dinghy sailing experience and it was quite a transition learning to sail bigger boats in much tougher conditions. There was a lot to learn, but the Modern instructors, Club Skippers and fellow Modern sailors made learning fun and rewarding. My Modern instructors were clearly very experienced sailors and sailing with them was inspiring! I want to thank the maintenance crew and office staff for their dedication and hard work - you are the folks who make things work! There is a lot more to learn and I look forward to sailing with Modern for years to come.

  • Alisa Driscoll, Dual Site Member

    Here are some snaps of Our Saturday, August 20, 2022 Modern Sailing Expedition with Captain Robert Bivin, who was outstanding. Please convey photos and thanks to him. He is an outstanding individual, leader and sailing instructor. His knowledge and experience made us all feel safe and our Farallones Day Trip educational and just amazing. 


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