Meet Our Instructors


Jay is the owner/manager of our Kemah, Texas loft. The two-time Yachtsman of the Year nominee is one of our J/80 one-design class experts, and he has won multiple World and National Championships in the Lightning, Comet, J/80 and J/122 classes.

A New Jersey native, Jay credits Jim Carson from Metedeconk River Yacht Club with helping him become a top-notch sailor. In Jay’s words, “He taught many a young fellow to sail at a high level and that preparation is half the battle.”

When he came on board from another sailmaking company in 2001, Jay says the technology at North was so superior to the competition that there was no catching up. The people and innovative products are two other important parts of what makes North Sails such a great company.