Jeff Fairchild | Modern Sailing

Jeff Fairchild


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 evening, he and Barbie were invited to go sailing on Tomales Bay. The owners of the boat made a quick pit-stop to use the bathroom at a seaside restaurant, suggesting that Jeff an Barbie "sail around until we get back." That experience provided the spark that has led to a love of sailing. After sailing into the sunset alone on this beautiful 36' Olsen, they turned to each other and agreed, "We have to learn to do this!"

Jeff and Barbie found Modern Sailing School & Club and signed up for lessons in early 2007. After taking the ASA 101/ASA 103 Combination Course with Stan Lander, they started looking for a boat. With the help of the MSC staff, they purchased their first boat and put her in MSC's charter fleet, allowing them to keep her in Sausalito and enjoy the pleasures of sailing in the bay. Later, they upgraded their first boat with Attitude Adjustment, now a popular boat in our Platinum Fleet.

In the following months and years, Jeff continued his sailing education and training with Modern Sailing. As a club member and boat owner, he joined the club racing team to sharpen his skills and continued to earn advanced ASA certifications. He received his US Coast Guard OUPV license in 2012 and completed his ASA instructors training in 2013. Jeff then became an instructor at Modern Sailing to pass along his love of this sport to those who were once in his shoes.


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  • Danny Collins

    The office staff was very accommodating in meeting my availability.

  • Casey Bishop, Corporate Regatta

    WE LOVED IT! The whole team was so honored and thankful. Thanks so much for all of your team's hard work and excellence in organizing our party. Of the 22 of us, only 4 had ever been sailing and not in the Bay. The guys had an incredible experience, the skippers were all really great, allowing each of us to be at the wheel. They were kind and empowering. Plus the weather and wind were perfect! It was definitely one of the top 3 experiences that we have shared as leaders in the past 5 + years. We couldn't have asked for a better day!

  • Mike, Santa Rosa, California

    All of the courses and my instructors (JT and Stan) were extremely professional and full of knowledge and experience. I found I was able to learn from their experiences beyond the scope of the courses, and look forward to future opportunities to do so. I would highly recommend Modern Sailing to anyone.

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