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Meet Our Staff

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Danny & Andrea

Owners

Danny is a native of California and Andrea is a Bostonian.  Together they have sailed in the Pacific, Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans, the Mediterranean, as well as rivers and lakes up and down the west coast.  If there is a body of water, they figure out how they will get a boat on it!

Danny is a USCG Master Captain, Commercial Pilot, FAA Licensed Drone Pilot, Motorcycle Rider – both street and dirt – and a heartfelt water enthusiast.  Danny loves to share the joys of boating with first timers and experienced sailors alike.  Andrea grew up spending summers boating on Cape Cod with her family and continues to share her love of the water with their two daughters who currently enjoy ski boats more than sailboats.     

Favorite Hobbies: Boating (of course), Wine, Cooking, Traveling, and Learning.

Fun Fact: Danny has raced both motorcycles and airplanes!  Andrea was a voiceover actor and credited with “The Voice of God” on two A&E specials

Paul Profile

Captain Paul

General Manager

Captain Paul is the General Manager here at Sail Monterey. Paul holds a 25 ton Master ticket, teaches ASA 101 and manages day to day operations. If you have ever wanted to know what it is like to sail a boat, Paul is the guy to ask. Paul’s hobbies include sailing, building and riding motorcycles, backpacking in Big Sur and free diving. Come join one of Captain Paul’s sailing trips and tell him about what you like to do!

Captain Landon

Captain Landon

Assistant Manager

Captain Landon lives with his wife Aubrey and their three kids on their Catalina 42. Landon has been sailing since he was 3 years old and lives to share his passion for sailing with others.

Landon has sailed all over and would love to share a story with you. Ask him what it’s like to live on a boat!

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Joe Bassani

Director of Sailing School

Joe started working on boats as a teenager with his dad in the waters off New England. After a 27-year career as a helicopter pilot in the US Army, Joe settled in California and began sailing in the Monterey Bay with Sail Monterey and is now an ASA certified instructor and the Director of our sailing school. Joe teaches our Basic Keelboat Certification Course, and together with his wife and sailing partner Christina, he spends his free time plying the waters off Northern California in their Cal 2-27.

David Benson

David Benson

ASA Instructor

Originally from London, England, David moved to the US in his early twenties. A few years later he fell in love with and settled in Santa Cruz where he is currently based.

When David isn’t teaching, you can find him open water rowing, hiking, surfing or spending time with his grown children.David loves to teach and employs a calm and cohesive teaching style, allowing and encouraging students of all abilities and dispositions to learn, advance and progress while thoroughly enjoying the experience. 

David teaches ASA courses 101, 103 and 104.

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Captain Dan

Captain

Dan fell in love with the ocean the moment he first saw it, watching surf roll in on a beach in Oregon, a love strong enough to pull him away from clear lakes and streams in his native Colorado where he spent his formative years with fly rod in hand trying to fool trout.

He moved to California after college, and immediately began to look for ways to get on the water.  He questioned whether he had the instincts of a craftsman required to build a boat, and so picked the simplest design he could find, a plywood dory.  The experience proved that, as a boatbuilder, he was even more incompetent than he thought, and his dory was unique in all the wrong ways.  Despite all of that, Dan launched it, and spent many hours rowing with migrating gray whales in the Santa Barbara Channel.

In the late 1970s he took a basic sailing class through the Coast Guard Auxiliary taught by Harry Davis, a seasoned mariner and boatbuilder.   About the same time, he bought a used plywood skiff to tow behind his VW Bug and joined the rest of the Santa Barbara sailors praying for wind- prayers often not answered.

In the early 1980s he went to work at sea as an ordinary seaman, the lowest rank on the boat, and started working his way up, accumulating time and sitting for Coast Guard tests, first for Able Seaman, then 100-ton operator.  He took his first captain’s job in December 1984 running a triple-screw 100-foot crew boat out of Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico.  By the late 1980s Dan held a Master, 1,000-tons, freight and towing license.

In the late 1980s Dan worked running tugs in San Francisco and taught sailing on the side.  When the company where he worked shut down harbor services in San Francisco, he went to Venezuela to run tugs in the Orinoco Delta. After six months he became the port captain for the next 3 years until the operation closed-down after the election of Hugo Chavez.  Following Venezuela, he took assignments in the Arctic and in Trinidad, before moving into salvage and hurricane recovery operations. 

He had the dubious distinction of running from Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico aboard a Crowley salvage barge and coming back to his mooring just in time to make tow again and run from Hurricane Rita.  His tendency to attract storms earned him the nickname Hurricane Dan.  Given that, he offered to go to New Zealand for the season and lure the hurricanes south.  Alas, nobody took up the magnanimous offer.

Wim Sprenger

Captain Wim

Charter Captain

Wim immigrated from Holland to the USA at age 15 and has been sailing all his life after being pressed into jib mate service by his mother on Spanish Mediterranean coastal waters.

Before becoming a full time sailor he shod and rode horses in Oregon while raising his young family. Returning to college for his MA he continued the Farrier business and was selected to coach the University of Oregon’s equestrian team. He also sailed whenever possible and crewed on many a friend’s boat.

Years later he traded in anvil and hammer for anchor and sextant while living aboard a 37′ cutter with his son in Sausalito. There he logged the sea time needed to obtain a 100ton USCG license and began teaching keel boat classes. He also delivered yachts on the west coast of the Americas and coached college sailing teams in SF Bay.

Wim’s other career was teaching Spanish and Environmental Studies away from home port, so sailor son sailed the family yacht back to his college town to ensure affordable rent, but after he graduated the boat just wasn’t used much and sold although reacquired years later. We welcomed back and upgraded an old friend that now plies the waters off Ventura under command of captain son, with dad as crew.

A new chapter is emerging in semi retirement and being a team member of Sail Monterey gives Wim the opportunity to continue sharing his love for the ocean and urgency to protect our final frontier.

Hidden talent: Playing the bagpipes!

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Jessica

Experience Coordinator

Marine Science student at CSUMB! Jessica likes animals, sailing, and scuba diving. Jessica is the experience coordinator for Sail Monterey. Ask her about scuba diving and and about the mermaid’s purse!