Jeff Cathers | Modern Sailing

Jeff Cathers

Assistant School Director

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 bareboat charters in British Virgin Islands, La Paz, Key West, Tahiti, and on the California coast, including two "Baja Ha-Ha" cruiser rallies. Still fascinated with sailing and lifelong learning of the sport, Jeff now loves to share his passion for sailing with others by teaching the skills, lessons, and destinations that he has personally experienced. He has taught sailing lessons in Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, the British Virgin Islands, and now here in Sausalito with Modern Sailing both as an instructor and now an Assistant School Director.

As an explorer and tour guide at heart, Jeff enjoys demonstrating the best approaches to sailing the San Francisco Bay, cruising in exotic places, and adventuring with friends and family. He is always thirsty to discover what lies over the next horizon and to share what he finds with others.

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  • Sara Jane G.

    I've taken two classes at MSS&C and was very happy with the program. This is also a great club with lots of opportunities for camaraderie and practice on the water. The boats in the fleet are fantastic and kept in tip-top shape. I highly recommend for all sailors and would-be sailors!

  • Guy Robinson, Member

    I started sailing at Modern at the end of 2021 and threw myself into it, spending as much time out on the water as I could. I came to Modern with some flat water dinghy sailing experience and it was quite a transition learning to sail bigger boats in much tougher conditions. There was a lot to learn, but the Modern instructors, Club Skippers and fellow Modern sailors made learning fun and rewarding. My Modern instructors were clearly very experienced sailors and sailing with them was inspiring! I want to thank the maintenance crew and office staff for their dedication and hard work - you are the folks who make things work! There is a lot more to learn and I look forward to sailing with Modern for years to come.

    Guy Robinson
  • 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.

    Farallones trip

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