A career sailmaker and one of the founding partners of the Quantum Sail Design Group, Norman’s expertise lies in the technical elements of sailing. Norman actively races on the international sailing circuit as a pro trimmer/tactician/rig set up expert. He also is an expert in rig layout and set up for offshore cruising boats.
Whether racing your boat locally on the Bay, campaigning on the international Grand Prix circuit or embarking on an ocean crossing or world cruise, Norman has the experience and advice that will make your plans a success.
For the last year Norman has also worked for the Americas Cup Race Management as team liaison for the World Series events. Norman’s racing experience includes:
Big Boat Series (including 14 overall wins). He is also the 1999 IRC National Champion having called tactics on the Custom RP 52 Vincitore in September of ’09. Vincitore also defended her title in 2010 with Norman again as tactician. Norman also has countless local, regional, national, and international events including several national championship wins in various classes. Block Island Race Week, Bermuda Race, SORC, Key West Race Week, Consultant to America’s Cup Contenders, TransPac, Pacific Cup, Kenwood Cup and over 20 Mexican races.
With tons of experience as a racing helmsman, cruiser and powerboater, Pat brings a wide variety of knowledge to our team. Pat has sailed across the Atlantic several times and has gone back and forth to Mexico many times as well, most recently on his Pacemaker 48 Sportfisher.
Pat started out his racing career when he bought a J/42 and did the ocean series outside San Francisco Bay. After winning the Ocean Series, Pat then upped the ante and bought a J/125 which he drove to a win in the St. Francis Big Boat Series. He also set the elapsed time record for the Vallejo Race, which still stands.
Currently Pat owns a J/70 that he day sails and fun races on the bay. Pat is very active at the St. Francis Yacht Club, he was Chairman of the Board in 2008 and is now happily a Staff Commodore, having just completed his three years through the chairs.
Tom is Sail California’s east coast rep, partnering with his company, Sail1Design. Tom Sitzmann is a lifelong sailor, with 30 years of coastal and blue-water transatlantic cruising experience. Also a veteran of offshore races from Maine to Annapolis and Bermuda, Tom helped deliver Midshipman crews safely to Bermuda while coaching at the US Naval Academy, and also completed a transatlantic passage aboard an Alden 44.
He is the former head coach of the nationally recognized Severn School Sailing Team. In just his third year with the program, under Tom’s guidance, Severn School won the Mallory Trophy, US High School Sailing’s National Championship. Severn is the first and only Chesapeake Bay school ever to win a National Championship.
Sitzmann came to Severn after working as the head coach for the Bowdoin College intercollegiate dinghy sailing team in 1999-2005, where he led the Polar Bears to new heights in team racing, dinghy and women’s sailing. While in Maine he also started his own successful sail-making business. Before Bowdoin, Sitzmann coached sailing at the US Naval Academy. Sitzmann has won New-England and Mid-Atlantic district championships in the Laser and J/24 classes, and holds top national finishes in the J/24 & J/22 Classes. He now sails with his family.
Heading up our new Long Beach office is Stan Gibbs – a familiar face to the SoCal racing scene. Having loads of J/Boat experience, Stan is the perfect fit for our SoCal office. Stan has worked with some of the best designers in the world to put together race winning yachts and his mastery in all facets of build, systems, rigging and power brings a great talent to our staff. We’re delighted to welcome Stan to Sail California!
Rod started sailing and racing at the age of 12 on the Mediterranean. Once he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, he found a way to work on boats, eventually leading him to running Seashine, his own yacht maintenance business. Rod’s passion has helped him expand his knowledge and experience with a wide variety of boats. This has lead him to learn the boat sales business and help others find the best fit for their lifestyle.
Drew has been making a living as sailor on SF Bay since 1979. He’s a principal in Spinnaker Sailing, SF; Rendezvous Charters and Rondar Raceboats USA. He’s a licensed 200 ton Oceans Master, Regional Instructor Evaluation for the American Sailing Association and a Regional Instructor Trainer for Mistral Sailboarding. Drew owns the 90’ Steel Schooner ‘Bay Lady’ and the Santa Cruz 50 “Yukon Jack.” His best accomplishment though are his 3 fine children.
Garett Greenhalgh has been sailing full time for ten years. He spent two years as a rigger on the tall ship Balcutha in San Francisco and crew for Alma. He has been the operations manager for Spinnaker Sailing and Rendezvous Charters in San Francisco for the last seven years. He races extensively on the Bay and offshore in both small and big boats.