Mark Jordan | Modern Sailing

Mark Jordan

Race Program Coach & Instructor

Captain Mark was a young teenager the first time his father took him sailing one midsummer’s day on San Francisco Bay. Prior to that moment, Mark had led a landlubber’s life a hundred miles away from the Bay, and even though he wouldn’t have admitted it, he might have been a little nervous that day! However, when the sails were first hoisted and the boat heeled over under the power of the strong Bay winds, Mark can still clearly remember the excitement and wonder he felt as the boat gracefully sliced through the waters, headed towards unknown adventure. When he took the helm for the first time, the boat felt alive in his hands... he was hooked! He didn’t know how at the time, but he did understand in those first few moments that he needed to make sailing a central part of his life.

Mark kept that promise to himself, going dinghy sailing on small lakes whenever he got the chance, and always reading and learning more about the craft. When finally old enough to get his driver’s license at the age of 16, Mark joined the racing crew of a Santana 22 sailboat on San Francisco Bay. Almost every weekend of the year, rain or shine, he would drive the 100 miles from his Central Valley home to race that little boat. It was during these trips to the Bay that Mark resolved to make San Francisco his home as soon as he could.

In addition to being an accomplished sailor, Mark has also been teaching for most of his life. In grade school, during the time when “high tech” in most people’s homes was a tube TV and a wall telephone, Mark became interested in what would eventually become a career - computer science. Before long, he was tutoring his peers in programming on Apple II and TRS-80 computers. During his university years, he lived in Europe for a time, where he got a job at a private academy teaching English to students of all ages. 

Today, Mark feels fortunate to be able to combine his love of sailing and teaching. He is always searching for new ways to inspire students to take the helm and find their passion for sailing as they acquire the skills they need to be confident and safe on the water. True to his resolve, Mark has made his home in San Francisco for the last 20 years, and he keeps his 2007 Hanse 342 sailboat in Sausalito. He makes his living year-round as a charter captain and sailing instructor, while also maintaining an active technology consulting business. When he’s not helping clients with technical issues or helping others discover the love of sailing, you can find him out on his own boat.

Whether you are interested in cruising or racing… if you are a beginning sailor or you are an seasoned skipper interested in honing your skills… or if you want a fun and stress-free day on the bay, relaxing with a group of your closest friends while a full-service captain handles the helm, Mark invites you to come aboard. Let him listen to your needs and tailor an experience to meet and exceed your expectations for a great time on the water. But be careful… because when you take the helm in your hands and feel the boat come alive for you as you breathe in the fresh air and beauty of San Francisco Bay, you might just get hooked on sailing like he did all those years back!  Captain Mark will certainly do his best to make sure that you do.

Certifications and Training

  • US Coast Guard OUPV Near Coastal Captain’s License
  • American Sailing Academy Instructor Credentials:
    • ASA 218 Docking Endorsement Instructor
    • ASA 214 Cruising Catamarans Instructor
    • ASA 210 Small Boat Sailing Instructor
    • ASA 204 Bareboat Cruising Instructor
    • ASA 203 Basic Coastal Cruising Instructor
    • ASA 201 Basic Keelboat Instructor
  • American Red Cross First Aid Certification - Adult First Aid/AED/CPR
  • US Sailing International Offshore Safety at Sea Certification
  • World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Training Certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver
  • 37+ years sailing experience on SF Bay and waters all over the world

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  • 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 Boynton

    The class was terrific. I know you must get many compliments about your sailing instructors...But I must tell you that Robert is outstanding. Having taught SCUBA, I really appreciate the way he is so sensitive to all on board, dealing with each so well, knowing quickly their strengths and weaknesses making each feel special and cared for.

  • 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!

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