Kira Maixner | Modern Sailing

Kira Maixner

Club Manager and Instructor

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. In 2014, she finished her ASA 101, 103 and 104, between chartering on the Bay most weekends and planning sailing trips from San Franciso to San Diego and in Italy.

In 2016, Captain Kira joined the crew of a race team sailing from Miami to Havana. In Havana, the team took first place for that year’s RORC Islands in the Stream Series. Kira was also on the crew that took 3rd place in the annual Rolex Big Boat Series that year. In December 2017, Kira began working towards earning her Captains License, earned it in 2018, and began teaching at Modern Sailing that spring.

Kira loves introducing new sailors to her favorite sport. While she enjoys teaching people from all walks of life, she is most passionate when it comes to women and sailing. She strives to create an inclusive and supportive community encouraging women to take the helm.

With her digital marketing background and experience working in the MSC office, Kira earned a promotion to Club Manager in July of 2021. Alongside her role as manager, Kira continues to teach ASA courses at Modern Sailing, as well as occasionally crewing on USA76, historic racing yacht.

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  • Steve Hood, Basic Coastal Cruising

    I would definitely recommend Modern Sailing to anyone who is interested in learning to sail the right way.

  • 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.

  • Emma & George Stubbs, Sausalito

    We just took our ASA 106 at a school in Rhode Island as we prepare for 6 months of cruising in the Caribbean. The class was great, but more than anything it made us really appreciate the quality of teaching and rigor at Modern Sailing. Even though we were the newest to sailing, the group seemed to think that we had the best fundamentals. We felt very well prepared and we see why Modern Sailing has the reputation it does.

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