Rich Ferrari
The Chief:

Rich Ferrari is the founding owner of Spinnaker Sailing. Rich began teaching sailing in 1977 for a Community College sailing program. In 1980 he started Spinnaker Sailing with 2 other friends. Rich has been managing the Sailing School and Club for over 30 years. He is also currently owner and manager of the Seaport Conference Center and Harbormaster for both the Port of Redwood City Marina and the Redwood Landing Marina. To contact Rich, click here.

Bob Diamond
School Director, Vacations Director:
Our Head Instructor Bob Diamond is a 100-ton Coast Guard licensed captain as well as an ASA instructor evaluator and ASA school evaluator. Bob is a regular contributor to the ASA curriculum committee, upgrading and improving sailing texts and standards. He is one of the contributing authors of the new ASA text, “Sailing Made Easy.” Bob is also the sailing vacations director involved in organizing and running all of Spinnaker overseas charter vacations. Bob has been leading trips to all parts of the world for over 25 years. To contact Bob, click here.

Dana Ochstein was born and raised in South Florida where she grew up diving, power boating and sailing. After her first semester in college she was thrust into the live aboard/ cruising lifestyle after her parents sold their house and moved onto their sailboat. Dana has worked and lived in many places around the world including the Florida Keys, Israel, India and Washington, DC. She has a USCG 100 ton captain’s license as well as her ASA instructor certification for teaching up to Bareboat Chartering (104). Click Here to Contact Dana.


Stephanie Branstine is the newest hand on deck in the office.  So far she is ASA 101 certified under Bob Diamond’s instruction at Spinnaker and looking forward to continuing on to the Basic Coastal Cruising course.  Stephanie’s dad was her first instructor on the water in San Diego and Marina Del Rey and she has always hoped to add to her sailing experience since.  In her past endeavors before becoming a Spinnaker sailor, she has worn many hats (literally) including pastry chef, flight attendant, blackjack dealer, cook at health spa, timeshare sales, banker, UCLA student, etc.  She looks forward to meeting new faces and long term Spinnaker sailors, alike. Click Here to contact Stephanie.

Instructors – Spinnaker has some of the best instructors in the business. Please see our Instructor page for the current list!