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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

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 40 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...

General Manager (Sausalito)

Philip got hooked on sailing after a family trip to the British Virgin Islands just before college. Shortly after, he joined as crew on a J/105 that campaigned throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

In 2013, he was able to go on sabbatical and sailed his 1966 Bristol 27 solo from Annapolis, Maryland to Key West, Florida. By 2015, Philip had relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began racing out of Berkeley Yacht Club.

Philip joined OCSC Sailing that same year and went on to...

Digital Marketing Lead

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...

Master Scheduler

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

Assistant School Director (Sausalito)

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....

Assistant School Director (Berkeley)

Katie is an avid racer, cruiser, and sailboat captain based out of Oakland, CA. Her sailing began right here in the Berkeley Marina at the Cal Sailing Club. There she got her first taste of sailing and racing on small boats, and since then has sailed and raced extensively aboard boats of all sizes. Her racing career has taken her on two trips to Hawaii, twice around Vancouver Island, and all over the West Coast of North America. She has navigated aboard many ocean and coastal races including...

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 ...

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...

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

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...

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

Andrew, a San Francisco native with Viking roots, took up sailing on the Bay over 20 years ago. He has since sailed his own boats to Mexico and around the Mediterranean many times.

In 2018, Andrew logged his first ocean crossing, helping a friend sail an Amel 54 across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. After 18 days offshore, they eagerly arrived on December 31. Sleep deprivation did not stop the all-night New Year's Eve celebration in Guadeloupe!

These days, Andrew is often out...

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...

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 youngster, Scott was dragged kicking and screaming to his dad’s boat in New York. Despite his initial resistance, Scott was quickly hooked. Within a few years, he found himself a 14-year-old salty dog teaching boating safety courses to adults and performing emergency tows on the Long Island Sound. Even after his move to the land-locked city of Atlanta, Scott traveled yearly to the Virgin Islands to island-hop with his wife and also, eventually, with his kids.

Scott's passion for...

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

  • Warren Leiden, Member

    I try to get out on the water every week: out the Gate, around Angel, up Raccoon - I love it all. After 18 years as a member of OCSC in Berkeley, I learned to sail the bigger boats at Modern by taking ASA 103 and 104. My ASA 104 instructor Dave Russell was terrific. Also, Captain Bill Moreland has been very generous in giving informal advice whenever I’ve asked him. Thanks to Bill, I no longer have any anxiety about docking!

  • 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.

  • Danny Collins

    The office staff was very accommodating in meeting my availability.

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