Matt Stanton

US Sailing Instructor

OCSC Office Staff - April TOn Board Since May 2014

Why do you sail?

I love it. I love the idea that you can just keep going all the way around the globe without needing to stop for fuel.

What drew you to working at OCSC? or What do you enjoy about working at OCSC?

I’m planning to buy a sailboat and go sailing with my wife and son in about five years and when I saw the ad for sailing instructors in Latitude 38 I thought there could be no better way for me to hone my sailing skills than to be required to teach it.

What's your sailing background?

I began sailing in a Styrofoam, Lateen rigged Catboat when I was eight years old. My Family had a cabin at Clearlake Ca. I would cover my nose and cheeks with zinc oxide ointment and head to the lake with a lunch and a dime to call home when I got back. Later, I raced as crew on a C&C 29 in San Francisco Bay starting as beer wench/rail meat and working up to Fore Deck. Currently, I race on an Express 27. The owner and I raced this Express 27 in the 2004 Pacific Cup double handed. That is probably my sailing highlight.

When you're not sailing, what can we find you doing?

By day I’m a wine salesperson. All the rest of my time is spent with my wife and five year old son.

What are your favorite sailing books of all time?

I really enjoy the historical fiction books like the Patrick O’Brian series with Jack Aubrey and the Horatio Hornblower books by C.S. Forester. It’s essentially sailing races where the protests are settled with 24 pounders and boarding axes. The Voyager’s Handbook by Beth Leonard and the Cruisers Handbook by Nigel Calder are really good reference books as well.