Meet Three of Our Newest Club Skippers! | Modern Sailing

Meet Three of Our Newest Club Skippers!

In November, Modern Sailing graduated a new batch of Club Skippers from our most recent Club Skipper Clinic. Meet three of our newest Club Skippers – Rik Williams, Christopher Dann, and Bill Lawler, who are now certified to skipper Club Sails

We thank Rik, Christopher, and Bill - and all our Club Skippers - for stepping up into a leadership role that serves the members of club. 

Rik Williams

"When I moved to San Francisco in late 2016, I'd sometimes look out at the boats on the Bay and wonder, 'how do you do that?!' After a year of watching, I signed up for ASA 101 at Modern Sailing, and the rest is history -- I've since been through most of Modern's ASA courses, skippered and crewed on numerous day and overnight charters, tried my hand at recreational races and Inspire's J/105 fleet, and am in the process of buying my own boat (a Westsail 28). Shoreside, I can usually be found exploring local trails and breweries with my partner, Brooke, and our Lab mix, Wilson.

"As a Club Skipper I'm excited about the opportunity to get out on the water more, learn from other club members, and help newer sailors gain experience and build confidence. I look forward to sailing with you soon!"

Christopher Dann

"I have enjoyed being on the water in the SF Bay since I was a teen. I formalized my sailing knowledge at first with the US Sailing curriculum at OCSC (now Inspire Sailing) and then with the ASA curriculum at Modern Sailing. I really enjoy chartering boats here and have also done some sailing in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. I am hoping to do some chartering in the South Pacific as soon as possible. I am very excited to be a Club Skipper and I look forward to sailing with other members of the club!"

Bill Lawler

I began sailing in 2018 when I moved to Marin County. I was looking for a hobby that was outdoors, physically active, social, and unique to the Bay Area. Sailing ticked all the boxes.

Since joining Modern Sailing, I’ve completed ASA 101 through 105, the Night Sailing Clinic, and Club Skipper Clinic, and the Gold Fleet Docking Clinic at Inspire Sailing. I’ll be going on my first charter in the US Virgin Islands in January 2023.

I wanted to become a Club Skipper to share my enthusiasm for sailing on the SF Bay, meet other club members, and gain more experience sailing the Gold and Platinum Fleet boats."

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  • 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!

  • John Kipping

    The meeting room was quite adequate and the location most convenient, but the course outline and instruction were outstanding. Modern Sailing is fortunate to have such a well organized instructor in Mr. Stan Lander who teaches very well from a rich professional background. Mr. Lander was generous with his time and patiently in helping students who needed more attention or time in understanding various aspects of the curriculum.

  • 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.

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