Boundless sailing experience is only one of the strengths necessary
to be accepted into the J World instructor training program. The
ability to teach, as well as a passion for sharing the joy of
sailing is prerequisite for every one of our team members. J World has been repeatedly selected
"The Best Sailing School in
America” for good reason: the qualification of our instructors,
great boats, beautiful locations, and the proven strength of our teaching method.
We Teach Our Teachers
Sailing School and
Sailing Club, each instructor trainee spends an extensive period as a
"student". US Sailing certified instructors and US Coast Guard
licensed master captains are just the beginning. Once joining
J/World, our staff development program sharpens the trainee's
observational and listening skills while educating them to J World's
J/World's Teaching Method
Lots of time on the
water is backed up with highly challenging and engaging classroom
time. Our curriculum and the capabilities of our instructors
to convey sailing information is world renowned. Over the past 30 years, our courses have been
consistently updated and improved. With locations around the
country, we employ the most impressive team of professionals ever
assembled, and are able to share technique and material developed by
the best-of-the-best. This means that our students benefit not
only from the
sailing experience of our instructors, but also their expertise in
teaching the latest sailing techniques.
Sailing School and
Sailing Club has assembled an impressive team of full-time, year-round,
professional sailing instructors. This means that you get real
pros in all our
sailing classes, not some fly-by-night production of part time sailors.
These coaches are the best in the business. Let us take a minute
to introduce you to some of our team....
Wayne is the President and
owner of J
World West, encompassing the San Francisco, San Diego, and Puerto Vallarta
locations. Wayne grew up sailing
in the San Diego area. Youth years were spent racing dinghies
around the country, and in college he began the transition to
keelboats, both large and small. With an extensive racing
background covering every type of boat imaginable (from small
catamarans to offshore maxis) and having worked every position
aboard (from bowman to helmsman), Wayne has developed a thorough
understanding of sailing techniques and team dynamics, contributing
to his success as a coach and team manager. Additionally, his
offshore cruising and racing experience totaling many thousands of miles has
given Wayne has the depth of knowledge that makes all of our J World
staff so exceptional.
J World is pleased to welcome Bay Area
sailor Barry Demak to the team as General Manager. Barry comes to us
from the world of enterprise software and technology consulting, and
is an accomplished racer and offshore sailor to boot. Barry has been
actively involved in several high profile offshore and "big boat"
campaigns, including numerous winning efforts in the Pacific Cup,
Transpac, Rolex Big Boat Series and Mexico races. Barry has also
competed in the intensely competitive J/105 and Farr 40 fleets.
His business experience coupled with his extensive and diverse
offshore racing, buoy racing and ocean delivery experiences make him
a great addition to our team.
Chris has been working with J
World since 1992. A Michigan native, Chris has been sailing
passionately his entire life. He worked with our San Diego school
for many years, and is now a regular in San Francisco. Chris'
extensive knowledge of boat systems, rigging, construction, and
design bring special qualities to any class he is a part of. A
rigger, a captain, a coach. A cruiser, a racer. A true
sailing enthusiast, with a tremendous amount of experience and
knowledge, and the rare ability to teach which is so crucial.
Born in Northern Michigan,
Josh was fortunate enough to be raised around the water. With both
of his parents working as teachers, Josh found himself spending a
lot of time at his grandparents’ inland lake marina during the
summers, where he learned to sail beachcats and dinghies. At
sixteen, Josh made the transition to keelboats and started racing on
an Ericson 39 in Grand Traverse Bay. In college he sailed on the
Michigan State University Sailing Team, where he raced on boats
ranging from FJ’s and Lasers, to Navy 44’s. Josh completed college
attaining a B.A in History and a B.S. in Commercial Recreation and
Tourism in the Boating Industry. Following college, Josh worked for
Quantum Sails, and as a Parts Manager for Walstrom Marine. Josh has
sailed and raced on a variety of boats and has competed in inshore,
offshore, team, and match racing.