Sharing and Supporting Your Passion for Sailing Since 2005
We're a team of 12 sailing and kayaking enthusiasts based in the Pacific Northwest. Each member brings unique skills and experience to our company, working together to support you with honesty, hard work, and a commitment to helping you make the most of your time on the water. Get to know the team that is the core of everything we do for you and the sailing community.
Chris started sailing in high school after purchasing a small sailboat for ten cents. He raced in college at Oregon State University and enjoyed the opportunity to gain leadership experience with the club sport sailing team. He was a recipient of the Pete McKillop Sportsmanship Award and was named to the 2007 All-NW Sailing Team. Chris has owned, cruised, and raced sailboats from 12-40'. Lately, Chris has developed a habit of borrowing Hobie kayaks from the West Coast Sailing demo fleet. Each day, Chris reminds himself how appreciative he is to lead the smart and driven people on our staff as we work hard to spread our passion for small boats.
Fun Facts: Chris met his wife Jess through college sailing and Chris is somewhat of a burrito connoisseur, rarely going more than three days without one!
Vice President of Operations
Kyle began sailing as a child in the San Juan Islands, where he grew up. As a member of the Friday Harbor High School sailing team, he developed a passion for small boat sailing. Kyle sailed for four years in college, two years each at Eckerd College and Lewis & Clark College. After graduating, he helped to build the Portland area high school program at Willamette Sailing Club as a coach for eight years and he has served on the board of College Sailing, the Columbia Gorge Racing Association and The Sailing Foundation. Kyle remains an active volunteer for CGRA and NW youth sailing. When he’s away from the water, Kyle can usually be found outdoors – camping with his family, skiing, hiking or just working in the yard.
Fun Fact: Kyle is a die hard Portland Trail Blazers fan and watches most games!
Vice President of Marketing & Ecommerce
Phil grew up on Long Island, New York, first learning to sail on family vacations to Maine and on their Catalina 22. After several summers in a local junior program and racing for his high school, Phil went on to attend Fordham University in the Bronx. An active sailing team member and co-captain, he received the Joseph Sullivan Leadership Award and later inducted into the Fordham Sailing Hall of Fame. Phil moved to Portland after graduation to join West Coast Sailing and has spent time racing in the local Laser, Thistle, and J24 fleets. Outside of sailing, Phil is an avid backpacker, homebrewer, cyclist, and musician.
Fun Facts: Phil commutes to work by bike almost every day and plays in a local band.
Customer Support Manager
Gavin is a Portland native who learned to sail as a kid by crewing for weeknight races on the Columbia River. His family later acquired a Cal 31, and used it to explore the Oregon coast & Puget Sound. In recent years he has sailed on two different Kelly Petersons in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Panama (including a canal transit), & Colombia. In the next few years he hopes to make his first Atlantic crossing.
Fun Facts: Gavin has backpacked most of the Oregon & Washington PCT and makes his own beer.
Customer Support and Technical Sales
Jeanette is a Chicago native that grew up sailing on her parents' 36ft Tashiba, cruising Lake Michigan. She's one of our resident keelboat sailors here at WCS, and has raced a handful of Port Huron and Chicago Mac races as well as buoy racing in Detroit, San Francisco and Portland. She holds her USCG 100 Ton Master's license and spent 5 years as a charter captain sailing the retired America's Cup yacht, USA 76, in San Francisco Bay (shout out to ACsailingSF!).
Fun Facts: She was an internationally competitive figure skater growing up, and has about 75 houseplants in her home.
Jake grew up on the waters of Southern California. He has an extensive background in youth sailing, attending 5 US Youth Sailing Championships and holding roles of head coach and director of 2 youth sailing programs. Jake's career since youth sailing has seen him working on yachts from 40-140 feet and he currently holds certifications from the USCG and MCA as both a captain and engineer. Continuing to spend time on the water racing boats and training new sailors, Jake is the right person to help you find the boats or products to make your experience on the water the best it can possibly be.
Lauren joined WCS in November 2019 and holds the position of Bookkeeper. Although she doesn't have any sailing experience, she is quickly learning the ins and outs of the industry. She keeps the financial side of the business running smoothly with her years of experience and expertise. She lives happily with her husband, Matthew in Hillsboro. Fun Facts: Lauren grew up in Spokane Washington and moved to Oregon 6 years ago. She played college soccer and won a championship ending her career as the MVP.
Fun Facts: She enjoys being on the water, campfires, wine and traveling the world.
Jared grew up in the PNW and has always enjoyed sailing and fishing on the Puget Sound, equally loving both power and sail boats. He started sailing keel boats at 14 years old and by 16 he purchased a wooden Thunderbird 26 he renamed Charlotte. Jared studied Composite Boat Building at the Landing School of Boat Building & Design; then later studying Advanced Manufacturing and Machining. He has worked in Yacht Services, served as a Shipwright in Naknek, Alaska and worked as a carbon fiber boat builder in Bristol, Rhode Island before moving to Portland.
Fun Facts: He is an All American Soap Box Derby champion, and bakes next-level chocolate chip cookies.
Sales and Boat Rigging
Peter's life revolves around anything and everything water. He is a certified sailing, windsurfing and kiteboarding instructor making him a natural waterman and total gear head. Peter has held positions as program director, head instructor and coach at community sailing centers and yacht clubs across the western United States. He has coached North American champions and still actively coaches sailors at national and international events.
Fun Facts: If he's not in or on the water, you can find Peter skiing on frozen water or in the kitchen cooking up some outrageously spicy food.
Duncan is an Oregonian, born and raised. He grew up sailing on the Willamette and Columbia rivers. He started kayaking 7 years ago and has continued to explore Oregon rivers and waterways by kayak. As part of his college Senior Capstone program he spent 2 weeks kayaking the Lower Deschutes from Warm Springs to the mouth of the Columbia!
Fun Facts: He Spent 20 days in the Three Sisters Wilderness Learning and Practicing Mountaineer Guiding Skills, and has been Scuba Diving in the PNW for 10+ years!
John comes to West Coast Sailing from Atlanta, GA. He and his family, Emma and dog Rizzo, relocated to Portland in 2019. John grew up fishing the lakes and streams of North Georgia and Western North Carolina by canoe and kayak.
Fun Facts: He and his family spend the majority of their time exploring the Pacific Northwest, cooking in the kitchen, and discovering Portland.
George is a dinghy sailor who started West Coast Sailing after leading the sailing team at the University of Oregon. He left the day to day operations of the business at the end of 2019, but he is still passionate about the sport, and expanding access to water and wind, worldwide.
Fun Facts: George has a passion for airplanes and can tell you where any flight out of PDX over our office is headed!
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