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Our Staff

Our professional and friendly staff is here to help you get the most out of your sailing experience!  Do you have questions or would like to get in touch with us?  Email us, or give us a call (415) 331 - 8250.  We look forward to seeing you around the club.

Operations Team

President and CEO / Acting Fleet Manager

An electrical engineer by education, Leigh was working in Product Management for Bay Area telecommunications companies before he decided to make sailing a profession and purchased Modern Sailing in July 2014.

Originally from Canada, Leigh began his sailing education at a Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) school in Ontario. After moving to California in 2004, he quickly found two ASA schools to help take his skills to the next level. He completed his ASA 106 at Modern Sailing by...

Chief Operations Officer

Bill started sailing in San Francisco Bay over 30 years ago while working in the supply chain business.  He wanted to have something to take his mind off work, so he took sailing lessons in Santa Cruz and was immediately hooked.

Over the years, Bill was active in the sailing community from racing on the Bay to being a Founding Member and first Commodore of a local yacht club.  He moved from San Francisco to the British Virgin Islands, back to San Francisco, to Washington state to...

Manager of Customer Service, Sales & Marketing

Becoming a world traveler and sailor was only natural, if not inevitable for Hind. From the shores of Morocco's Tangier Peninsula, throughout her childhood, she saw boats and ships of all kinds pass through the busy Strait of Gibraltar between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Tangier's maritime bustle, the tantalizing ocean horizon so often in view, and stories of her seafaring ancestors seeded her imagination with her own dreams of travel and discovering the world by boat...

Senior Customer Service, Sales & Marketing Representative

A Bay Area native, Mary spent most of her adult life landlocked and working in the IT industry in Colorado. While employed full-time and raising three sons, she managed to indulge her love of nature and thirst for challenge and outdoor adventure through trail running, backpacking, and mountain climbing. Pining for the ocean, she returned to California in 2013 to seek new adventures. With her first sail on San Francisco Bay in March of 2016, she was immediately smitten. By her third sail, she...

Customer Service, Sales & Marketing Representative

Modern Sailing welcomed Kim aboard in November of 2018. Her professional background is in Travel and Tourism and Campaign Management for local elected officials. She has a passion for helping others celebrate life in the great outdoors and finds her role in the Customer Service, Sales and Marketing Team to be enjoyable and rewarding. Her wry sense of humor, eye for detail, and trusted ethic are valued by fellow staff members and customers alike. An active outdoor enthusiast, Kim enjoys...

Instructors & School Leadership

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 trailerable 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 aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Morganthau as a Deck Watch Officer and the Coast Guard Cutter ...

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...

Instructor

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...

Instructor

Wolfgang immigrated to the US over 40 years ago, just married and with a brand-new degree in electrical engineering. He established himself in the Hi-Tech industry initially as a computer design engineer, and later, after completing an MBA, as manager and executive at various Silicon Valley companies.

Having always had a dream of sailing to far-away places, 25 years ago Wolfgang joined a sailing school on the Bay and proceeded to climb the ASA certification ladder. In 1991 he began...

Instructor

Dave got his start sailing tall ships in the Caribbean in 1991, and this first experience in the islands changed his life forever. While he prefers to sail large catamarans, Dave has never met a boat he didn’t like. In fact he’s invested in three large schooners that offer vacation cruises in the Caribbean, and frequently crews on those ships.

Dave began instructing in 2009. His favorite activity is instructing the ASA courses for Cruising Catamaran and Bareboat Chartering, anywhere...

Instructor

On a cold winter day in 1971, this Montana boy wrote to sail charter companies: "Teach me to sail and I'll work for room & board." The following spring he started working for a small charter company on Lake Champlain. From Vermont, Stephen hitched a ride on a 61' sloop to New York City to board a 72' schooner bound for the Caribbean. Her winter passage was thwarted by 70 knot winds & 20 foot seas 200 miles off the coast of Delaware. The boat returned, damaged, to NYC.

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Instructor

You’ve got to really love sailing when you launch your first boat in the “mud puddles” of Oklahoma reservoirs. It was a 19-foot Flying Scot, a daysailer that followed him from Tulsa, to Galveston, and finally to Lake Tahoe where he turned it in for a 28-foot Lancer, spending many days sailing the High Sierra lake.

At 10, he got the sailing bug as a summer camper on one of the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. Before moving west, Steve’s log book registered cruises on Lake Superior (from...

Instructor

Blaine is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has been sailing on San Francisco Bay since childhood. He grew up in his father’s sailboat shop, sailing and racing with his father whenever he could. At 17 years old, he joined the Navy and served as a Boatswain’s Mate for four years. Since then, he has continued to sail and race for most of his adult life.

In 2015, Blaine decided to leave the Information Technology industry and earn his living on the water. He first went to work doing...

Instructor

When Jeff Cathers was 17 years old, a classmate told him that he and his father were going to sail to Hawaii for his summer vacation. Jeff was awestruck at the notion and couldn’t imagine how it was possible to cross a giant ocean in a small sailboat. Captivated by the idea, Jeff asked his classmate a million questions and soon knew that he wanted to learn everything about sailing, the sea, the explorers and their ships.

Since then, Jeff learned to sail and went on to skipper several...

Instructor

Captain Kira is a California Bay Area transplant after moving from landlocked Colorado in 2012. She has been boating since she was a youngster and sailing since the spring of 2013. After meeting a brand-new boat owner, she began 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 to 5 times a week and taking lessons at Modern Sailing....

Race Program Coach & Instructor

Captain Mark was a young teenager the first time his father took him sailing one midsummer’s day on San Francisco Bay. Prior to that moment, Mark had led a landlubber’s life a hundred miles away from the Bay, and even though he wouldn’t have admitted it, he might have been a little nervous that day! However, when the sails were first hoisted and the boat heeled over under the power of the strong Bay winds, Mark can still clearly remember the excitement and wonder he felt as the boat...

Instructor

If you hear someone mention the name El Jefe around the Club, this is the man being referred to. Kevin received this nickname during the 22 years he lead groups of teenagers on mission trips to Mexico to build homes for those in need. Relatively new to sailing compared to some of our other instructors, the passion to sail came over Kevin in 2009 when he was asked to crew on a friend's Catalina 375 out of Marina Village in Alameda.

From that point on it was sail, sail, sail,...

Instructor

Richard's lifelong sailing adventure began with island hopping on a small sailing dinghy at age 14 in the South Pacific Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands. Frequently meeting visiting cruisers expanded his desire to explore the world of sailing. Learning to sail native outriggers, understanding their ancient navigation technology, and appreciating the significant role that sailing vessels have played over thousands of years in the evolution of mankind drew Richard even deeper into the...

Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Laura was influenced at an early age by the ocean, boats and waterways of her hometown as well by as her father’s career as a Port Everglades Pilot.

After earning her degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, Laura followed her dream and the call of the sea. Achieving her 100-ton USCG master's license at age 23, she logged 20,000 nautical miles over 9 years working as crew, watch officer, or captain on a variety of vessels...

Katie is an avid racer, cruiser, and sailboat captain based out of Oakland, CA. Her racing career has taken her on two trips to Hawaii, twice around Vancouver Island, SF Bay, up and down the California Coast, and all over the Pacific Northwest. She has navigated aboard many ocean and coastal races including two Vancouver Island 360 races, a Transpac, and a Pacific Cup, taking 3rd in her division in 2014. Katie has also worked as a delivery captain on sailboats on the West Coast, in the...

Andrea began her sailing journey on Lac Neuchâtel in Switzerland where she co-owned a Beneteau Class 8. Having gained experience sailing the Lac, the ocean called to her, motivating her to obtain her yacht master’s certificate through the Swiss Cruising Club. Andrea soon expanded her horizons, sailing the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, English Channel and Channel Islands, North and Baltic Sea, Kattegat and Skagerrak.

After relocating to the San Francisco Bay in 1996, Andrea continued...

As a very young teen, Scott was dragged to his dad’s boat in New York kicking and screaming. In spite of his initial resistance, Scott was hooked. Within a few years, he found himself teaching boating safety courses and performing emergency tows on the Long Island Sound. Even after his move to the land-locked city of Atlanta, Scott travelled yearly to the Virgin Islands to island-hop with his wife (and also eventually with his kids).

Scott's passion for sailing kicked into high gear...

In Memoriam

John taught advanced sailing courses on San Francisco Bay and along the California Coast since 1993. As a former owner of Modern Sailing, his incredible experience and high-energy creativity helped to shape the school and club.

In addition to teaching local courses, John was most known for teaching advanced ASA courses in overseas locations including the South Pacific, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Seychelles Islands, Africa, and Alaska.

The John...

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Testimonials

  • Trudy Flores

    Captain Jeff Cathers is really cool. I had such a great time on the Farallones Day Trip. It was actually my very best day of 2020. Thank you so much for coordinating the trip.

  • Rolf Zingg

    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

    I did my sailing education in the English Channel, where the situation with the wind and flows is comparable to the San Francisco Bay. So I felt pretty much "at home" being on the helm in the Bay.

    I hope our skipper Stan Lander enjoyed this day cruise too. We, definitely did! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

    A very big thank you to all of you who made it possible, that my dream became reality! Also thank you for the MSC flag I got at the end of the day. It found it's place in my study, where I can see it daily.

  • 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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