Kira Maixner | Modern Sailing

Kira Maixner

Instructor

Captain Kira is a Bay Area transplant moving to California from landlocked Colorado. She has been boating since she was a youngster and sailing since moving to San Francisco 6 years ago. After meeting a brand-new boat owner, she started sailing regularly on the San Francisco Bay. Her first sail was wet and wild aboard a J/88 racing yacht, but from that first day, she knew that sailing would play a huge part in her life. Soon she was sailing 3 - 5 times a week and started taking lessons at Modern Sailing School. In 2014 she finished her ASA 101, 103 and took ASA 104 between chartering most weekends on the Bay and planning sailing trips from San Franciso to San Diego and in Italy.

In 2016, Captain Kira joined the crew of a race team sailing from Miami to Havana. In Havana, the team took first place for that year’s RORC Islands in the Stream Series. Kira was also on the crew that took 3rd place in the annual Rolex Big Boat Series that year. In December 2017, Kira began working towards earning her Captains License, earned it in 2018 and began teaching at Modern Sailing School in the spring of 2018.

Kira loves introducing new sailors to her favorite sport. While she enjoys teaching people from all walks of life, she is most passionate when it comes to women and sailing. She strives to create an inclusive and supportive community encouraging women to take the helm.

Currently, Kira has her OUPV Captains License. She is a sailing instructor and crew on USA 76 - a retired America’s Cup Yacht docked at Pier 39. She has a digital marketing background, rocking PR for the world’s largest boat rental marketplace, GetMyBoat. Alongside her captaining career, she is also the owner and chief consultant of her own, small marketing agency where she works with small business in the outdoors and marine industries.

Testimonials

  • John Kratochvil, Oregon

    I would like to compliment Stan Lander for his coaching, counseling and teaching Heavy Weather Offshore Sailing. Stan was very accommodating to all of the student's interests and shared his many years of insight on handling the boat in heavy seas. I would certainly recommend Stan and this course to sheltered waters sailors. My confidence in handling a boat of this size was certainly enhanced by the experience.

  • Molie M

    After complete two courses and having a variety of instructors, I can safely say, this is place to go if you want to learn to sail. The fleet is equally diverse and exciting. The office staff does a great job of getting you plugged into the sailing community. Fantastic group of folks!

  • 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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