On Board Since 2008
OCSC: Why do you sail?
MA: It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Sailing offers a unique perspective, placing you in the marine elements, with the wind to power you from one place to the next. Instead of standing on land, looking out onto the beauty of the water, you get to be in the midst of that beauty.
OCSC: What do you enjoy about working at OCSC?
MA: This is an excellent venue for me to be able to teach and share my passion about sailing. There is good camaraderie among instructors and the staff and management are very helpful, supportive, and professional. OCSC is one great team!
OCSC: What's your sailing background?
MA: I was bitten by the sailing bug after having been invited out on a 40ft sailboat for an all day sail on San Francisco Bay. Soon after, I began taking sailing lessons in dinghies on the Bay at Cal Sailing Club and have been sailing every season for 17 years. As I worked my way through the Club's rating system I gained experience on a variety of sailboat designs including performance dinghies and keelboats up to 28ft. Before teaching here at OCSC, I regularly taught as a volunteer instructor at Cal Sailing Club.
OCSC: When you're not sailing, what can we find you doing?
MA: Planning my next sail.
OCSC: What are your top five sailing books of all time?
MA: "Dove" by Robin L. Graham, "Easy on the Helm" by Tom Cunliffe, "The Long Way" by Bernard Moitessier, "Wanderer" by Sterling Hayden, "Song of the Sirens" by Ernest K. Gann.