Mary Elkins | Modern Sailing

Mary Elkins

Senior Customer Service, Sales & Marketing Representative / Outbound Marketing and Website Content Writer

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 serving as a Customer Service Representative and Executive Assistant to the CEO for more than a year, Mary received a promotion as the Senior Customer Service, Sales & Marketing Representative. She also sailed the Bay frequently and completed ASA courses up to ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising and became a skilled sailor thanks to her friends and mentors at Modern Sailing.

In addition to supporting the office team as a technical systems and process analyst, Mary is passionate about her role to plan, write, and produce outbound marketing, website, print, and video content for Modern Sailing. You'll also see her in the Modern Sailing booth at events such as the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show.

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 on 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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  • Rolf Zingg

    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

    I did my sailing education in the English Channel, where the situation with the wind and flows is comparable to the San Francisco Bay. So I felt pretty much "at home" being on the helm in the Bay.

    I hope our skipper Stan Lander enjoyed this day cruise too. We, definitely did! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

    A very big thank you to all of you who made it possible, that my dream became reality! Also thank you for the MSC flag I got at the end of the day. It found it's place in my study, where I can see it daily.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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