Andrea Geisinger | Modern Sailing

Andrea Geisinger

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 her passion for sailing. Together with her husband she purchased a Classic Folkboat, and a few years later, upgraded
to a Hallberg Rassy 38. Before having children, Andrea raced on the Bay on Folkboats and a Cal29, and on the ocean on a C&C 40.

Ocean cruising is what makes Andrea's heart sing the most. In 2003, with their 2 and 4 year old boys, her family sailed from San Francisco to the Sea of Cortez and back. It was an amazing experience for the family. It was after helping a friend sail his boat back from San Carlos, Mexico, that Andrea decided to start a career as a professional mariner and obtained her USCG 100-Ton Master's License. Until the pandemic hit, she worked on ferries, Bay cruise boats, and yacht deliveries up the coast to Seattle.

Andrea has been a sailing instructor for the Junior Program at Richmond Yacht Club for the last 4 years. She is excited to expand her love of teaching to adults and especially women. Andrea is passionate about empowering women to gain confidence and take on the helm.

When not teaching sailing, Andrea works on the San Francisco Water Taxi and on Sacajewea, a former Army Corps of Engineer vessel built in 1936. Andrea is most happy when she can spend her days on the water.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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