Jeff Fairchild | Modern Sailing

Jeff Fairchild


It is never too late to learn something new…it is never too late to learn to sail.

Growing up, Jeff had very little exposure to sailing. On rare occasions he had the opportunity to sail on dinghies, but never learned how to sail on his own. In 2003, after retiring from a lifelong career in the restaurant industry, he and his wife, Barbie, moved to Inverness, just north of San Francisco where they currently run a vacation rental business. In late 2006 on a beautiful Indian summer evening, he and Barbie were invited to go sailing on Tomales Bay. The owners of the boat made a quick pit-stop to use the bathroom at a seaside restaurant, suggesting that Jeff an Barbie "sail around until we get back." That experience provided the spark that has led to a love of sailing. After sailing into the sunset alone on this beautiful 36' Olsen, they turned to each other - "we have to learn to do this!"

Jeff & Barbie found Modern Sailing School & Club and signed up for lessons in early 2007. After taking the combined BKB and BCC courses with Stan Lander, they started looking for a boat. With the help of the MSC staff, they purchased a boat and put it in the charter fleet, allowing them to keep it in Sausalito and enjoy the pleasures and challenges of sailing in the bay.

In the following months and years, Jeff continued his sailing education and training with Modern Sailing. As a club member and owner, he joined the club racing team to sharpen his skills and continued to earn advanced ASA certifications. He received his US Coast Guard OUPV license in 2012 and recently completed his ASA instructors training in 2013.

Jeff is now an instructor at Modern Sailing, passing along his love of this sport to those who were once in his shoes.

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  • Esther C

    I took ASA 101 with them recently. They have the best customer service I've ever seen! I mistyped my address when I signed up online so didn't receive the textbook. I called and the lady immediately sent me another copy! Everyone at the club is super friendly.

  • 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.

  • Sara Jane G.

    I've taken two classes at MSS&C and was very happy with the program. This is also a great club with lots of opportunities for camaraderie and practice on the water. The boats in the fleet are fantastic and kept in tip-top shape. I highly recommend for all sailors and would-be sailors!

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