Experience
I first started sailing in the early 70's when I was stationed at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station in Hawaii.  After returning to California, I was stationed in Barstow and stopped sailing until 1999 when I took it up again, taking classes at Orange Coast College and with Club Nautique.  I've completed the US Sailing certification courses and taken a number of additional classes on spinnakers, anchoring, navigation, weather and boat maintenance.  Since purchasing my Vega 27 sailboat, Blue Max, I continue to take classes at Orange Coast College only the focus has changed a little.  The latest classes include fiberglass repair, varnishing, marine electrical systems and role and tip painting with 2 part Linier Polyurethane marine paint. 

In addition to the training, I have had a number of opportunities to sail in all types of conditions and locations.  From gale force winds and 25 foot seas to dead calm with a broken engine and no wind to fill the sails.  My adventures have allowed me to sail in the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and up and down the west coasts of California and Mexico.

I have been a member of the Orange Coast College Sailing Association since 1999 and served as Commodore in 2008 and 2009.  I have also been a member of the American Legion Post 291 Yacht Club, in Newport Beach, since 2008 and served as Vice Commodore in 2011.  In 2010, I was inducted into the International Order of the Blue Gavel, a  philanthropic organization of past commodores.

I enjoy day sailing, cruising and boat deliveries.  I do some racing, but really only enjoy the longer races.  It doesn't take much to get me out on the water.

Below are  photo albums from some of my trips.  I hope you enjoy them...
In July 2009, I flew over to Hawaii to meet up with the other members of the crew that would sail the 52 foot sailboat "Between The Sheets" back to California after competing in the Transpac race.  The boat finished 2nd in her class and had won her class the previous four races.  There were four of us on board for the delivery and it took us 15 days to get her back to Marina Del Ray.

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In October of 2007, I took a month off from work and flew to Vanuatu to meet up with my friends Tom and his wife Katie and helped them sail Mariner IV, a 57 foot Beneteau sailboat, from Vanuatu to New Caledonia to Australia.  The destination and sailing pictures are located here and the pictures from diving in Vanuatu and Australia are locat on my Scuba page.

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In March 2007, I agreed to help deliver a Hans Christian 38 foot sailboat from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  This was with a crew of three and took 8 days to move the boat. The boat, "Sun Fun," had undergone extensive rework and was in very nice contidion.

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In July of 2005, I took three weeks off from work and flew to Marquesas to meet up with my friends Tom and his wife Katie and helped them sail Mariner IV, a 57 foot Beneteau sailboat, from there through the Tuamotu Archipelago, to Tahiti.

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In April of 2004, I met up with my good friend Tom in Tortola, British Virgin Islands,  He had a 45 foot Jeanneau named Paloma Blanca that had just come out of bareboat charters with Sun Sail.  Tom needed the boat sailed to Saint Augustine, FL, where it would be put on a truck and shipped back to California.  Another friend, Martin, would make the trip with us and it took about three weeks because of the numerous stops along the way.

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