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Group Captain


Alameda, CA

Organizer since:

March 29, 2009

How would you describe your sailing experience? At the end of your description include a title for yourself (look at other profiles, or the about page for ideas)

I'm a life long sailor. My grandfather introduced me to sailing (and not falling overboard) at the tender age of 5. My first boat was a 8 ft El Toro. Captain of my own small ship, I enjoyed sailing with others. I now sail a LOT.

What type boats have you sailed on - or dream of sailing on? What sort of sailing do you do? Cruising, racing, beercans, YRA . . . Transpac??

I'm not a boat, but I've sailed on a LOT of different boats. From 8 ft prams to large wooden gaff rigged schooners to the square rigged ship 'Lady Washington' to the (then) Olympic Catamarans. I love 'Popping the chute' on a J105. I'm on the RP 44 'Tai Kaui' team.

If you are a private boat owner -- please describe your vessel in as much detail as you can.

My boats are in storage - If I took them out of storage I'd be working on them (lovingly) rather than sailing with you. In life, some decisions are hard.

Do you have any US sailing or ASA certificates? Do you bareboat charter?

Oh yes!, I made the mistake of getting them later in life, but I now have US Sailing BK, BC, and BBC certifications, as well as Asymmetrical and Symmetrical Level 4 Spinnaker ratings with OCSC.

Are you disabled or have limited mobility? You'll be welcomed, but it's very important for skippers to know ahead of time to keep everyone safe while sailing (you included).

I'm old, so I don't move around quite like I used to. I'm crippled, with a bum left leg, but have overcome that disability and can move around on deck like a monkey. I only limp on land :)


A life long sailor, helping people find other people to go sailing with is my way of Paying It Forward.

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Want to sail? All you have to do is join this group and attend one of our sailing events. No prior experience needed, just a willingness to step forward and show up.

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