Mary Elkins | Modern Sailing

Mary Elkins

Digital Marketing Lead

A Bay Area native, Mary spent most of her adult life landlocked and working in the IT industry in Colorado. While employed full-time and raising three sons, she managed to indulge her love of nature and thirst for challenge and outdoor adventure through trail running, backpacking, and mountain climbing. Pining for the ocean, she returned to California in 2013 to seek new adventures. With her first sail on San Francisco Bay in March of 2016, she was immediately smitten. By her third sail, she firmly decided: “I have to find a way to make this my life.”

In April of 2017, she left the cubical life behind to work at Modern Sailing School & Club. After two years serving as a Customer Service Representative and Executive Assistant to the CEO, it was discovered that she has a knack for writing, photography, and design, and her talents were put to use in digital marketing. In the meantime, she also sailed the Bay frequently, completed ASA courses up to ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, and became a skilled sailor thanks to her friends and mentors at Modern Sailing. Mary is as passionate about her role to plan, write, and produce outbound marketing, website, print, and video content for Modern Sailing as she is about sailing itself.

In late 2020, Mary's biggest sailing dreams came true when she moved to the Caribbean with her significant other. While she continues to enjoy working for Modern Sailing remotely, they live aboard and explore the Caribbean Islands aboard their Oyster 435 with their cat Jasper and dog Dexter. Mary also plans to obtain her OUPV Captain’s License in the future and to continue sharing her passion for sailing as an ASA instructor and sailing photojournalist.

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  • Esther C

    I took ASA 101 with them recently. They have the best customer service I've ever seen! I mistyped my address when I signed up online so didn't receive the textbook. I called and the lady immediately sent me another copy! Everyone at the club is super friendly.

  • 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!

  • 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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