Dave has been an active sail-maker for 40+ years. He started his career learning the trade from John Staaf and Dave Leech at Staaf Sails in Bellingham, WA in the 1980s. He later moved to Maui and worked at Ezzy Sails International’s research and development loft, where he learned the art of precision sail-making, along with building, testing, and modifying windsurfing sails. Additionally, he helped execute design into product at the Sri Lanka production facility.
After Dave’s twin daughters were born on the island in 1997, the decision was made to relocate to San Diego as a better place to raise kids. Dave joined the crew at Quantum Sails San Diego and worked for three-time Olympic medalist Mark Reynolds until the time came to complete the circle and return home to the Pacific Northwest to finish raising his girls.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with and learning from some excellent sail-makers. I came away with varied and in-depth knowledge of everything from windsurfing and kitesurfing, to Olympic class one-designs, world-cruisers and weekend racers, and everything in between.”
It’s good to be back and starting another chapter in what has been a highly enjoyable career. Dave and his wife, Beth, can be found weekends and Thursday evenings cruising and racing their Beneteau 36.7, Strider.