About Us

Founded in 2008, SailSFBay is an association of Bay Area sailing individuals and organizations committed to growing participation in sailing. The website is designed as a ‘Gateway to Sailing,’ providing the public a resource to discover how to connect with the events, people and organizations ready to welcome them to the sailing world. SailSFBay is a collaboration between the numerous Bay sailing organizations dedicated to introducing new people to sailing. SailSFBay facilitates the coordination and publicity of member events and activities to bring attention to all the sailing opportunities available. Whether you want simply learn to sail, or you want to race, cruise, build a sailboat, introduce your kids to sailing, or take off around the globe, the Bay Area has dozens of programs ready to help the uninitiated enjoy the spectacular world of sailing!

SailSFBay Steering Committee

John ArndtJohn Arndt

John is the Associate Publisher of Latitude 38, a West Coast sailing magazine published since 1977. He served two terms on the board of Sail America, was the Strictly Sail Pacific show Chairman for 10 years and national show committee Chairman for two years. He served one term on the Board of Directors of Northern California Marina Association and currently chairs the board of SailSFBay, a non-profit dedicated growing participation in sailing. In 2001, he founded the Summer Sailstice global sailing holiday.

A lifelong sailor, John learned to sail on the coast of Maine. He’s raced dinghies and keelboats, offshore and inshore. His many miles of cruising include two seasons in the Caribbean and one in the Med. Currently a member of Corinthian Yacht Club, he owns a 33 racer/cruiser for family recreational sailing on San Francisco Bay.

Liz Diaz

Liz, a native of the Pacific Northwest, wasn’t born a sailor but knew the first time she stepped onto small Clipper sailboat in the Columbia River, when she was 15 years old, that there was magic in those sails! Wing and wing OMG! Not to touch a sailboat again until the next opportunity arose, upon graduation from PSU to leave home as crew on a Cascade 37 to points unknown, that life as we know began!

A proud member and sponsor of the Master Mariners, with her 1951, Japanese-built Maya, she has skippered and sailed in numerous of their regattas. Liz enjoys the boating life by dedicating all her talents to her business, North Beach Marine Canvas, where she is an award-winning fabricator of marine interiors for sail and power boats, as well as supporting her teenager in the junior sailing events in the Bay Area. She also has sailed tallships in the North Sea and the South and North Pacific.

Richard JepsenRich Jepsen

Rich has been active in sail training since his first sailing instructor job that started in 1977, in Annapolis, MD. There he taught sailing for two years, acquiring his USCG license. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1979, he began work, first as a sailing instructor, then as a manager and finally as CEO and partner of OCSC Sailing, one of the premier adult sailing schools in the country and a US Sailing Certification facility. Under Richard’s leadership, OCSC has won several awards for excellence in teaching, community service and outreach as well for its excellent employment culture. Richard has served as a volunteer for US Sailing on several committees, including the Board of Directors. Now he serves as the Chair of US Sailing’s Education Division. Richard is an experienced cruising and racing sailor who races a J/24 and leads club sailing flotillas around the world.

Mark Leonard

Mark started sailing on the Davidson College, North Carolina, Sailing Team back in the ’70s, and he also taught Sailing PE. When he moved to Lake Tahoe in the late ’70s, he bought a 470, and enjoyed cold water sailing on a trapeze. When he moved to the Bay Area in the early ’80s, he joined a charter club, and started sailing keel boats. He began race crewing on a friend’s Moore 24 in the mid-’80s, and they bought a J/33 in the late ’90s, which they campaigned in many HDA and OYRA races until 2007, when he sold the boat. He and his daughter crewed on a 63-ft catamaran during the 2010 Baja Ha-Ha. Mark joined the Corinthian Yacht Club in 1999, and has served in many volunteer positions, including Speaker Series, Finance Committee, House Committee, the Board of Directors, and, currently, as Commodore.

Thomas PerryThomas Perry

Thomas’ initial exposure to boating was as a kid in Michigan on power boats and many days standing by the shore dreaming of one day becoming a skipper. His love for the water originally brought him to the world of Scuba Diving where he earned Dive Master and Master Scuba Diver certifications. In October 2003, while at the Oakland Boat show looking for a sailboat to purchase, Thomas met with Club Nautique’s Membership Director Daniel Glennon who convinced him to take sailing lessons first. This was the start of a wonderful new passion for Thomas.

Since October 2003, Thomas has earned his US Coast Guard 100 ton – 6 pack/OUPV license and numerous sailing certifications, including US Sailing Cruiser, Coastal Navigation, and Passage Making Instructors certifications. He’s often found sailing outside the Golden Gate Bridge and along the Pacific Coast and many days in the beautiful Bay in all weather conditions, sharing the joys of sailing to everyone he meets, especially new students. Recently appointed as School Director at Club Nautique, his goal is to help others realize their dreams of becoming competent mariners in all sailing conditions.

John PlattJohn Platt

John is currently employed as Senior Outside Representative for Port Supply (the wholesale division of West Marine) servicing marine businesses in Northern California. He sold boats in Fort Lauderdale and worked in boating stores in New York City and Johannesburg, South Africa. John has owned multiple boats from an 18-ft cat to a 36-ft cruising yawl and loves sailing the Bay. His sailing experience includes sailing from the Seychelles to Mozambique, the Gulf of Thailand, and the Florida Keys. He cruised the U.S. East Coast from Connecticut to Florida and the Bahamas. Recent trips have been helping to deliver a boat to Catalina Island and cruising the British Virgin Islands for a week. As well as being on the Steering Committee of SailSFBay, John is a founding member of the Alameda America’s Cup committee.

Anthony Sandberg

An active sailor since early childhood in Hawaii, he has been enthralled with the sport. He has sought out sailing experiences around the world on every kind of craft from traditional native rigs like outriggers and dhows to dinghies, schooners and square riggers, modern grand prix racers, experimental hydrofoil flying machines and even landsailers and iceboats. He has cruised in most of the dream locations around the world from the South Pacific, Caribbean and Central America to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, North Africa and Asia.

Anthony founded OCSC in 1979. The heritage, history and traditions of the sport are a lifetime passion which more than anything he loves to share. His vision for OCSC was to provide a modern way to access the best of sailing in an approachable and affordable way. Starting with high quality training and state of the art equipment, the Club has become a portal to a lifetime of adventure for many thousands of sailors. When he is not leading a club flotilla in places such as Greece or Tonga, or trying to sail a boat powered by kites or a dolphin, you’ll find him here at the club, so ask for him and say hello. He’d like to get to know you.

Mike ZwiebachMike Zweibach

Mike has been in sales for many years. His boat business experience started in 1985 at United States Yacht Bureau, an inflatable boat and outboard dealer, with locations in Oakland, Redwood City and San Diego. His sales career led him next to Book Publishing, Internet Sales and Chocolate. He is now an Account Manager for Latitude 38. He has always contributed to the local sailing community and loves being involved in the growth of sailing locally.

Having grown up skiing on the East Coast, Mike settled in Jackson, Wyoming. On the advice of a close friend, he left the mountains to live in the San Francisco Bay Area and quickly started a passionate affair with sailing that continues to this day. He has raced on the Bay and beyond for more than 25 years and was crew on a Farr 81 in the Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas Race. He has also owned a number of sailboats including a J/24 and an Ericson 27. He especially enjoys daysailing with his family. He has been the skipper on four Caribbean charters and looks forward to his next charter adventure.