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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...

Operations Director

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

School & Membership Sales Director

AJ has always had a love for the sea and water activities such as kayaking, white water rafting, water skiing, wind surfing and surfing. She has enjoyed sport-fishing excursions in Hawaii, the Caribbean, South America and Mexico.

Her desire to learn how to sail came about when she connected with a group of avid racers and was invited to join their race team out of San Francisco. AJ has participated in numerous regattas in the San Francisco Bay as well as offshore. Before joining the...

Outbound Marketing & Global Destinations

Rebecca was first introduced to sailing at Whiskeytown Lake, where the hot summer days lent themselves more to leisure than understanding the finer points of sailing. Still, sailing blended well with Rebecca’s other interests of the time, mountain biking, backpacking, snowboarding and belly dancing to name a few.

Yet, the one interest she hadn’t pursued was world travel. After reading ‘Two on a Big Ocean’ by Hal Roth, and enjoying a sunset sail on the SF Bay, it became clear to...

Executive Assistant to CEO & Customer Service Representative

A Bay Area native, Mary spent most of her adult life landlocked 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...

On-The-Water Programs Administrator

Anne began sailing Lasers as a teenager in the summer on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, encouraged by her father who raced dingies while growing up in Bermuda. After many years of city living in New York, a relocation to San Francisco inspired her to get back on the water with an old Half-Ton once sailed by famous racer Tom Blackaller.  Anne joined the Modern Sailing race team after completing the Recreational Race Clinics and enjoys the fast pace of racing on the Bay....

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 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...

Global Destinations General Manager & Instructor

Michael grew up on the water. He began canoeing and kayaking rivers and lakes in his teen years, and as a young adult learned navigation skills while serving in the U. S. Navy as an Operation Specialist throughout the Pacific, China Sea and Indian Ocean.

He returned to California where he continued to enjoy white water rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. In the late 80's he acquired a 21 foot Santana and began his sailing odyssey. He recreationally sailed on lakes throughout Northern...

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
 

Peter returns to Modern Sailing to teach classes and skipper charter boats, having retired from managing commercial property and harbors in San Francisco and right here at Marina Plaza Harbor. He started sailing at the age of eight on his dad’s 24 foot sailboat, often spending weekends in Tiburon, sailing from the South Bay to Coyote Point. After college at UC Berkeley, he expanded his sailing resume with a USCG License and his first job at Lake Tahoe. This was followed with three years...

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

Jaime brings a wealth of extensive sailing and teaching experience to Modern Sailing. He learned how to sail the summer of 1970 while attending San Francisco State University, and learned quickly enough to begin teaching it to children aged 8 -13 that same summer.

In 1971, Jaime purchased his first boat, an Islander 21. A year later, he purchased an Alden 32 wooden sloop and spent 5 years restoring and preparing her for cruising. When she was ready, Jaime and his crew of friends...

Fleet Staff

Fleet Manager

Mark fell in love with sailing by buying a sailboat on a whim, followed by the book ASA Basic Keelboat book “Sailing Made Easy.” His first time out sailing was a disaster and he was hooked! Given Mark's all or nothing approach, he decided to make sailing his way of life and found work in the industry. He then discovered the world of offshore racing and now loves the open ocean and bluewater sailing. He's been happily playing with boats ever since!

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...

Testimonials

  • 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.

  • 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.

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