My first sail was in 1970 with a classmate, on a dinghy built by her grandfather.
I launched Catalina Direct in 1974.
Most memorable sailing moment: Summers spent sailing with my family in the Pacific North West and destinations throughout the western U.S.
When not sailing we're sailing! We love to charter Catalinas wherever in the world we find one. It’s great fun and an opportunity to learn even more about all the Catalina models.
Kent Sales Team Manager (Builder)
I first got my feet wet in 1984 when I went sailing on the Potomac with my aunt on a family homemade boat.
Joined Catalina Direct in 2013 after working as an engineer at Catalina Yachts for 12 years.
Most memorable sailing moment: A gnarly knockdown next to an oilrig off the CA coast.
What I do when I am not sailing: I am chasing my two sons around the park, and volunteering with my local church group.
Kevin Sales Team (Cruiser)
My first sail was in 2007 after trying radio controlled sailboats, then taught myself to sail a real one.
Talking to sailors at Catalina Direct since 2008
Peak sailing experience: Watching a pod of dolphins play around my boat under a full moon at night.
When I'm not sailing: I'm on the water in my kayak, stargazing, and flying radio controlled airplanes.
Jillian Sales Team (Sailing Instructor & Professional Racer)
I don't remember my first sail as I was 2 weeks old.
Started racing continuously in 1999 after I participated in a race clinic for kids.
Found Catalina Direct in 2013 while working on my family boat.
Peak sailing experience: Planing a Collegiate Flying Junior into a sandbar and catapulting my crew and myself into the water at my first high school championships.
When I am not sailing: I'm coaching new sailors at several SF Bay Yacht Clubs
Todd Purchasing Manager
My mother put me in my first sailing class in 1981 at the CSUS Aquatic Center.
Started cruising in 2011
Joined Catalina Direct in 2009
Most memorable sailing moment: Breaking a spinnaker pole in half as guest crew on my first race.
When I'm not sailing: I spend my time enjoying friends and family.
Brittany Fulfillment Manager
My first sail was in 2012 with friends on an E-Scow on the Delta.
Filling orders for sailors at Catalina Direct since 2017.
Most memorable sailing moment: Sailing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time.
When not sailing we're sailing: I'm restoring cars with my father, or working at my family ranch
Andrew Fulfillment Team
Took my first sailing class in 2019 at the CSUS Aquatic Center.
Joined Catalina Direct in 2017
Peak sailing experience: Capsizing for the first time in my sailing class.
When I'm not sailing: I spend my time volunteering as a high school football referee, and traveling with my family.
Julio Fulfillment Team
First sailing class was in 2019
Shipping orders for Catalina Direct since 2018
Most memorable sailing moment: Righting a capsized boat for the first time.
When I'm not sailing: I enjoy mountain biking with my daughter.
Darrel Fulfillment Team
My first sail was in 1995 with friends on the Delta.
Joined Catalina Direct in 2019
Peak sailing experience: Looking up at the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time.
When I'm not sailing: it's working on HAM radios, music, or custom models.
Lesley Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant
Looking to take my first sail in 2020
Started at Catalina Direct in 2019
Most memorable sailing moment: will be my first sail in the SF Bay
When I'm not sailing: I am trying out new recipes for my family.
Racing and Cruising since learning to sail with my high school art teacher aboard his Lightning in 1963. 55 years well spent.
At Catalina Direct from the start.
Memorable sailing moment: My wife and I on our Vindo 65 approaching our very first lock on the Trollhatten Canal with water pouring over the gates well above our spreaders just yards in front of our bow.
When I'm not sailing: it's woodworking or Tear Drop camping in our Vistabule trailer.
Paula Graphic Design
One sail on San Francisco Bay in 1979 and I was hooked!
At Catalina Direct since 1984.
Peak sailing experience: Sailing around Greece’s Peloponnesian Peninsula.
When I'm not sailing I’m creating art & rambling back roads around the world.
Graham Advertising and Promotions
My first sail was on Tomales Bay in 1993 when I was a few months old. My Dad made a lea cloth for my berth so I could take a nap while sailing without falling out.
At Catalina Direct forever... I was born into the company.
When I'm not sailing: I’m in my studio creating music.