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 Team

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.

Jasper van Vliet
Jasper grew up sailing in wooden boats on the lakes and canals of Holland.  After moving to the US, he chartered and cruised extensively in the the Virgin Islands, Grenadines, Croatia, Mexico and Canada. His racing experience is similarly extensive, including such international events as the J24 World Championship in Argentina, J24 North American Championship in Halifax, Formula 18 Worlds in Long Beach, TransPac and Pacific Cup race, and many, many more. Jasper has a great  motivation is to share his stoke for sailing with as many people as he can!

Andrew LaPlant
Andrew joined the J World team at the San Diego location in 2012. He is a San Diego native and began sailing on his Dad’s Catalina 30 at Navy Yacht Club San Diego. After learning to race on his high school team, Andrew began working as an instructor while attending college at SDSU. He has been a sailing instructor and coach for over 10 years and taught hundreds of new sailors. Along with teaching at J
World, he also coaches junior sailors at Mission Bay Yacht Club and works as a sail maker with Ullman Sails. Currently, Andrew has been very active racing in the San Diego and SoCal PHRF and one design fleets. When Andrew isn’t sailing, you can usually find him surfing or paddle boarding around Mission Bay.

Jim Hancock
A California native, Jim’s passion is sharing his joy of sailing in ways that both novice and expert can embrace. Jim started sailing Hobie Cats and Lasers in 1973. In college he raced Tech Dinghies while studying at MIT, and then headed to Houston where he worked as a marine engineer for Exxon and raced J/24s. Back in the Bay in 1986, Jim started cruising and racing bigger boats. In 1994 he bought a
Freya 39 that he cruised to Australia. Jim has logged over 30,000 sea miles, with three Pacific crossings, countless coastal trips and hundreds of races and classes. He is Coast Guard Licensed and both US Sailing and ASA certified. As a former sailing school Director and General Manager he is intimate with developing and teaching US Sailing classes. His writing has been published in Sail Magazine, Latitude 38and Ocean Navigator.

Ryan Lorence
Ryan is no stranger to sailing, cruising, and racing.  He's made his way up and down the Pacific Coast from Seattle to Manzanillo.  His racing exploits include experience in a wide variety of dinghies and keelboats , from one-design buoy racing to coastal and offshore events.  His latest exploits have been in foiling boats.  A professional rigger with expertise in running rigging and deck layouts, he has a passion for the sport which is apparent to all of his students.  He is an excellently reviewed instructor/coach whose talents have been appreciated by all our J World clients.

Jenna Ferrieri
Jenna grew up on the south shore of Long Island, NY, spending as much time on the water as possible. She started teaching in Junior Sailing Programs at local yacht clubs while in high school and college, teaching all levels from beginner to racing. Jenna's focus shifted to bigger boats in college when a professor invited her to crew on board a Tripp 33. Her racing experiences include dinghy races, LI Sound PHRF racing, and coastal and offshore distance racing. She has logged miles on both coasts of the US, the English Channel, and trans-Atlantic and is currently sailing in the International-14 class. While she is not teaching for J World or sailing I-14s, Jenna is either working as a naval architect or spending time enjoying the wilderness of Southern California.

Robert Capita
Robert Capita has been instructing at J World San Diego for many years and brings diversified sailing skills that range from growing up racing and cruising on his family’s legendary Rhodes 45 sloop to preparing to compete at Olympic level dinghy racing events. He achieved a high honor in sailboat racing at age 18 by winning the US Junior Sailing Championship, and has since continued at a competitive level of racing as skipper and crew in numerous one design classes. Robert has also enjoyed many years of performance cruising aboard his Frers 41 sloop which he and his wife sailed in Australia, the islands of the Pacific Ocean, and the North and Central American coastal waters. Robert has also been featured as a career sailor in a Reality TV program “The Moment,” which provided him the opportunity to skipper classic 12 Meter yachts in Newport RI. He commutes annually to the east coast to compete in team racing at his home yacht club, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Long Island. When at home in San Diego, Robert enjoys skippering and umpiring in local match racing events, racing his Laser on Mission Bay, and most of all coaching his son at dinghy regattas. Robert holds a 50 ton USCG Masters License, and exercises prudent yachting from dinghy sailing to mega yachts.



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