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.

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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Steve Hood, Basic Coastal Cruising

    I would definitely recommend Modern Sailing to anyone who is interested in learning to sail the right way.

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