Stan Lander | Modern Sailing

Stan Lander

Head Instructor

Stan started sailing at age 15 on Clearlake (Lake County, California) in Flying Juniors. During high school and college, he sailed and raced on trailer able catamarans (mostly Hobie 16s). After graduating from San Jose State University, Stan entered the United States Coast Guard and earned a reserve officer's commission in Yorktown Virginia. During his 20 year career, he served in the Coast Guard Cutter Morganthau as a Deck Watch Officer and in Coast Guard Cutter Northland as the Operations Officer. He is a veteran of three drug war campaigns; two Haitian and one Cuban Mass Migrations, with over 10 years of ship sea service.

During his off duty time, Stan owned and operated several different kinds of sloop rigged keelboat and cruised with his family. Noteworthy during these years, he and his crew Gordon Thomas captured the Overall SE Multihull Region Championship in 1981 on a Hobie 18 sailing out of the Fairhope Yacht Club, Alabama. After retiring from the Coast Guard, Stan and his family settle in the San Francisco Bay Area where he still resides with his wife Sher. After obtaining his 200 Ton Master License in 1998, Stan quickly took to the SF Bay water front as a Charter Boat Captain and Sailing Instructor. He earned his ASA Sailing Instructor Certificates in the summer of 2000. He later earned his Instructor Evaluator Certificate in 2006.

Currently as an active MSC staff member, Stan teaches up to Advanced Coastal Cruising and OUPV / 100 Ton Master Licensing classes. Additional, he conducts Modern Sailing's Instructor Qualification Clinic every spring just before the SF Bay sailing season starts. Most recently based on student reviews, he was awarded a Certificate of Achievement as an ASA Outstanding Instructor. He is looking forwarded to the upcoming Sailing Season around the bay and Central California Coast.

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.

  • Mike, Santa Rosa, California

    All of the courses and my instructors (JT and Stan) were extremely professional and full of knowledge and experience. I found I was able to learn from their experiences beyond the scope of the courses, and look forward to future opportunities to do so. I would highly recommend Modern Sailing to anyone.

  • 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.

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