Kira Maixner | Modern Sailing

Kira Maixner

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.

Currently, Kira has her OUPV Captains License. She is a sailing instructor and crew on USA 76 - a retired America’s Cup Yacht docked at Pier 39. She has a digital marketing background, rocking PR for the world’s largest boat rental marketplace, GetMyBoat. Alongside her captaining career, she is also the owner and chief consultant of her own, small marketing agency where she works with small business in the outdoors and marine industries.

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  • Ray Arceneaux

    The vessel was clean and in fine condition - very nice boat for training, well-equipped.

  • 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.

  • 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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