J World Sailing School Club and Teambuilding and Charters - San Francisco and Puerto Vallarta

J World:  Performance Sailing School, Charters, and Adventures   

San Francisco Bay | San Diego Bay |  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  |   1-800-910-1101     


At J/World Sailing School and Club, we pride ourselves in our instructional staff.

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

At J/World 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 teaching method.

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.

Our Management

J World 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 Zittel
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. 

Barry Demak
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.

Christopher Tibbe
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. 

Josh Butler
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.

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