Welcome David Gross and his J105 “Nirvana” to the OCSC Family!

So you can learn more about David, Tim one of our Club Managers led the following interview…
Hello David, when and where did you learn how to sail?
I learned to sail in the San Francisco Bay when I moved here from Los Angeles in 2004.   My father-in-law, Peter Heilbrun, was a partner in aCatalina 36, so that was the first boat I ever sailed.  He later
bought a 1962 Rhodes Meridian pocket cruiser, before he caught the racing bug and purchased Nirvana.    I was unemployed at the time, and Peter was retired, so we spent a lot time sailing the Bay on the Catalina and the Meridian (and later on Nirvana). Two of the more memorable trips were sailing down the coast to Monterey, and up to Petaluma through the San Pablo Bay and Petaluma River. I was hooked, and I’ve been sailing as much as I can ever since, mostly on the Bay, but I’ve also chartered in the BVIs and the Med.

How long have you owned Nirvana?
I’ve owned Nirvana with my wife, Sarah Kate, and her family since 2006.
What attracted you to enter her into OCSC’s fleet?
Since Peter passed away in 2010, Sarah Kate and I took over primary responsibility for the boat.    We loved the boat and wanted to keep her, but with a 2-year old at home, we were looking for some help with the maintenance and costs of ownership.   Over the last couple of years, I’ve met several OCSC members,  and I’ve been impressed with their sailing skills and knowledge, as well as the overall reputation of the school.   So, the charter fleet seemed like a good fit.   I also like the idea of sharing the boat with others, so more people can get out there and experience the joy of sailing in this amazing Bay.
What are some of your favorite sailing events or destinations on San Francisco Bay?
I do a lot of racing these days, from beer can races to the Rolex Big Boat Series and everything in between.     I’m a little partial to the longer distance events, so the Vallejo race and the 3 Bridge Fiasco are two of my favorites.  Of course, I’m always up for a relaxing day sail with friends or an afternoon on Angel Island.
If you could magically transport Nirvana anywhere in the world for a week of sailing, where would you take her?
The British Virgin Islands. The spinnaker run from Virgin Gorda to Jost Van Dyke would be spectacular!
You might see David taking Nirvana out on Friday nights to participate in the Berkeley Yacht Club weekly races. If you do see him, stop by and say “Hi!” David and Sarah Kate, welcome to the OCSC family!

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. David Gross

    Thanks, Ryan and Gerhard! I’m very happy to be an OCSC member, and I’m looking forward to fun times on and off the water with everyone.

  2. Gerhard Tripp

    Hi David, welcome to OCSC. Great to have you and your J105. I’ve sailed Nirvana last Friday, great boat very well maintained. Looking forward to many more charters.

  3. Ryan Fenchel

    Great move David! OCSC is lucky to have Nirvana in their Armada.


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