Welcome to my site!
California born and raised, I’ve lived here most of my life except for two stints in Hawaii.  I was stationed in Hawaii in the early ‘70s for three years while in the Marine Corps, and moved back from Hawaii in November 2006 after working there for two years.

I’m an avid sailor and have sailed the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the west coasts of California and Mexico.  I am a member of the Orange Coast College Sailing Association,  a flag member of the American Legion Yacht Club located in Newport Beach, CA, and a member of the International Order of the Blue Gavel.  Please see my sailing page for more details and pictures from many of my trips.

SCUBA is definitely a totally new experience and I’m enjoying every minute, even if it took a little getting used to.  While I don't get out as often as I would like because I prefer warm water to dive in, I have gotten in a number of dives.  Check out my Scuba page for more details and pictures.

I’m also involved in Amateur (HAM) Radio and have been for a number of years.  I hold an Extra Class license and my call letters are
N6RIC.

After years and years and years of sailing other people's boats, in March 2010 I became the proud owner of  my own 27 foot sailboat.  It is a project boat and didn't look like much when I bought her, but the hull is in great shape, other than needing paint, and she is designed so she can be sailed anywhere.  Check out my S/V Blue Max page to learn more and watch it take shape.

Work
After 6 years in the Marine Corps, I spent the next 20 years in the law enforcement field, with the majority of the time spent doing criminal investigations.  While my college degree was in criminal justice, I minored in computer programming.  When I retired from Investigations, I went into the computer field, with the majority of that in management roles.  I still maintain my California Private Investigators license, but find little cause to use it these days.

I spent from 1998 until June 2009 filling different Information Technology management roles, in both California and Hawaii, for Kaiser Permanente.  I worked in three different areas which included managing a data center second level server and network support team, managing field support services for Kaiser's Hospital and 31 clinics throughout the state of Hawaii, and finally managing a systems engineering team back in California.

After seeing my department outsourced in June 2009, I started my longest stint of unemployment since my graduation from high school.  Although I enjoyed the sleeping in late, I went back to work in January  of 2010, when I started a new senior IT position as a civilian with the Department of the Navy at their Naval Surface Warfare Center in Norco, CA.

In August 2014 I decided it was time to retire from working full time and retired from federal civil service.  Currently, I work part time (usually only one day a week) at West Marine.  It is a marine parts and supply store and I work at a store that is only 3 miles from my house.  This gives me plenty of time to work on the boat and a great discount on parts.

Contact Me:

Ric.Maxfield@USSailing.Net







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