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Meet Two of MSC's Newest Club Skippers

July 19, 2021

Modern Sailing recently graduated club members from our Club Skipper Clinic. Please welcome two of our newest Club Skippers - Eric Partika and Paul Aichholzer!

Eric Partika - in his words

“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, decided to leave boat ownership and join Modern Sailing. Since then I have been a avid fan of our club and have taken ASA 101, 103,  104, 105, 106, 114, and 118, the Docking Endorsement class. Additionally, I done destination sails to Catalina and overseas in the Italian Riviera. I enjoy sharing my love of sailing with friends, family and club members, which has lead me to becoming a club skipper. I hope to foster other’s interest for sailing and offer up any knowledge I have gained over the years. Looking forward to sailing together!”


Paul Aichholzer - from Top Student to Club Skipper

In 2020, Paul was an exceptionally active student at MSC and received our 2020 Top Student Award. Since then, he's completed the Recreational Race Clinic and Club Skipper Clinic. We're delighted to have his enthusiasm aboard the Club Skipper program!


Club Members: stay active and connected on the water to a friendly sailing community by joining Club Sails! Sign up for Club Sails online, call our friendly office at (415) 331-8250, or email us for help.

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  • David Dolenc, Member

    I love sailing in the San Francisco Bay and greatly appreciate everything that MSC has to offer, the classes, clinics, club sails, racing and charters. I enjoy our supportive sailing community and use every opportunity to spend time on the water. After obtaining the certifications from MSC I did my first charter in Croatia in 2022 with my family. It was amazing and we’re looking forward to returning soon!

  • 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!

  • 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.

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