Ray Wichmann

Ray Wichmann instructor

On Board Since May 1987

OCSC: Why do you sail?

Ray: It's fun, it's physical, it's quiet out there and the phone doesn't ring. (No, I don't own a cell phone!) There is a sense of satisfaction and pleasure utilizing natural forces to my ends and with navigation (especially celestial) you are quite literally finding your place in the Universe. Besides it's fun.

OCSC: What do you enjoy about working at OCSC?

Ray: OCSC's high standards, the continuously challenging and interesting San Francisco Bay, my extraordinary coworkers, and the sense of honor of the club owners.

OCSC: What's your sailing background?

Ray: I was 30 with 8 years of college, no degree, living on the beach in Hawai'i when I was offered a job as crew on a sail and snorkel boat in Kona. Since then it's been 5-6 days a week for 31 years, mono hulls 8' - 150', catamarans 16' - 70' trimarans from 26' - 56'. Inter- island charter skipper in Hawaii for 15 years and 19 years as an instructor at OCSC. Ocean Passage Making Instructor with US SAILING and ASA. Member of the National Faculty of US SAILING. Sailed the West Coast from SE Alaska to Santa Barbara, the BVI, the Windwards, the Leewards, Greece, the Sea of Cortez, West Coast of Florida and Long Island Sound.

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

Ray: Camping and hiking the coast and the High Sierra, woodworking in my home shop, cooking (and eating!), Reading.

OCSC: What are your top five sailing books of all time?

Ray: Voyaging under sail by Eric and Susan Hiscock. Blue Water by Bob and Nancy Griffith (especially the chapter on anchoring). The Self Sufficient sailor by Larry Partee. Sea Sense by Richard Henderson.