Stephan Sonnenschein | Modern Sailing

Stephan Sonnenschein

Race Program Director & Instructor

A native of Germany, Stephan began sailing in the Netherlands in 1997. He has been sailing the San Francisco Bay since 2005. Stephan has been in races at many of the Bay's yacht clubs on boats ranging from his own 14' Weta racing trimaran to 45' racer/cruisers. He also owns and races an Olson 34'.

Stephan joined Modern Sailing's race program as a coach in 2015 and became Race Program Director in 2016. In addition to overseeing the race program and training racers, Stephan also teaches ASA courses and skippers private charters.

Stephan is enthusiastic about every aspect of sailing from knots and splices to polars and racing electronics. He enjoys all kinds of boating activities around the Bay from racing in the slot to cruising down the river to Petaluma. His love of sailing and the San Francisco Bay has made him a natural and enthusiastic teacher of the sport. His local knowledge of the Bay and its attractions and history make him an excellent guide on the water when chartering a boat.
 

 

Testimonials

  • 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.

  • John Clark

    Every aspect of Modern Sailing - training, syllabus, course materials, quality of the boats, quality of the instructors, and the very friendly and helpful staff - exceeded my expectations. Modern Sailing has a first class sailing program in an environment with challenging winds and currents. I look forward to coming back to charter a boat and certainly plan to continue my sailing training.

  • 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.

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