OCSC US Sailing Instructor and Club Manager
On Board Since March 2010
OCSC: What drew you to working at OCSC? Or what do you like about working at OCSC?
RP: I moved out to San Francisco from Boston in the beginning of 2010 to escape winter and teach sailing. OCSC is the finest sailing school I have encountered, not only does it have consistently amazing wind but every instructor is a professional sailor bringing a huge wealth of experience to the program. I am continually impressed by how streamlined and effective the training program is. I also love the members, there’s nothing better than seeing a former student progress and share their experience with others.
OCSC: What is your sailing background?
RP: I grew up at Community Boating Inc. in Boston and learned to sail Cape Cod Mercuries for $1. I started working there as soon as I was old enough, and have been teaching sailing ever since. I have done a bunch of dinghy racing and coaching, and have taught 9 year olds with learning disabilities, octogenarians and every sort of person in between.
OCSC: Why do you sail?
RP: For me sailing provides the perfect balance between art, science and athleticism. Sailboats are elegant perpetual motion machines moved by invisible forces. Despite the beauty of this kind of transport, the best part of sailing is getting to know and work with the other people on board.
OCSC: When you're not sailing, what can we find you doing?
RP: I moved out to the Bay Area for two major reasons. First, the sailing is the best in the country. Second, the art and culture out here is amazing. When I’m not on the water, I’m out seeing live music, looking at art, reading, at the cinema, or just generally exploring the unrivaled natural beauty of the area.
OCSC: What are your top five sailing books of all time?
“Chapman’s Piloting and Seamanship”
“Saving Sailing” by Nicholas Hayes
“Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing” by Dave Perry
“Moby Dick” by Herman Melville