About Santana Sailing


The name Santana has been a part of the sailing world for quite some time.  Humphrey Bogart's sailboat was named Santana, and there is a fleet of sailboats built by W.D. Schock named Santana.  Once there was even a Southern California sailing magazine named Santana.  Santana is a reference to the sometimes ferocious NE winds that sweep across Southern California in the fall, winter and spring.  The Southern California weathermen and women call these the Santa Ana winds, and old salts just call them Santanas.  Thus, the name Santana Sailing was born.

Marc took his first sailing lesson at age 14, on the island of Moorea, and he has been sailing ever since. As a sailing and cruising instructor since 1998, Marc has honed his expertise in anchoring and handling heavy weather. “I’ve had had the opportunity to visit the most sought-after destinations under sail in the mildest and harshest of conditions, and one of the most satisfying experiences for me is helping others build the capabilities they need to do the same.”

Marc regularly leads off-shore multi-day voyages to Catalina and the Northern Channel Islands, and on the Sea of Cortez and the Caribbean. He teaches Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising Certification, J/105 Level 1 and 2, Harbor 20 Level 1 and 2, and leads cruising seminars at the OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship. His cruising guide entitled “Anchoring At Catalina: No Moorings? No Problem!” is the text for the 3-day cruise of the same name at OCC. 

"My main purpose in life is to share the things I know and love with those who appreciate them."  That means 1) Helping newer sailors to gain competency with handling a 40+ foot sailboat; 2) Certifying sailors to the US Sailing or ASA standards for Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising; 3) Taking adventurous trips to CA's Northern Channel Islands, the Sea of Cortez, the Grenadines, the Spanish Virgin Islands, and more destinations coming up.

Marc holds a USCG 100 ton Master’s license.  He is a US SAILING and US POWERBOATING certified instructor, and an American Sailing Association (ASA) certified instructor.

 

Marc holding hands with statues at the underwater sculpture park at Moliniere Bay, on the island of Grenada.