On Board Since June 1980
OCSC: Why do you sail?
JD: I see sailing as a quest for harmony: a blending of wind, waves, tides, currents, meteorology, astronomy, boat, sails, crew, self-sufficiency and self-awareness to produce notes of “living resiliently in the present”. And, as harmonies can be soft or harsh, soothing or discordant, calming or inciting, predictable or surprising, so is it with sailing. The science of sailing is straight forward – the art of it is eternal.
OCSC: What do enjoy about working at OCSC?
JD: OCSC has assembled the greatest eclectic enthusiastic life-long practitioners of the sport to be found anywhere. There is a bond between staff, instructors, students where the roles of teaching/learning are continuously blended. Life-long learning at its best!
OCSC: Can you describe your sailing backrgound?
JD: My first sail was on Lake Tahoe in 1970 on a Ghost 13. Since then I’ve raced and cruised Lakes, SF Bay, coastal California, and the Pacific to Hawaii on boats from 8 to 65 feet. I started teaching sailing in 1980 and haven’t stopped learning …
OCSC: When not sailing what can we find you doing?
JD: Teaching math, mountain biking, thinking about sailing….
OCSC: What are your favorite sailing books?
1. Bernard Moitessier, The Long Way
2. Robin Knox-Johnston, A World of My Own
3. Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone Around the World
4. Adlard Coles, Heavy Weather Sailing
5. Stuart Woods, Blue Water, Green Skipper