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The Interview: Sailing with Anthony Sandberg of OCSC Sailing

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Anthony Sandberg of OCSC Sailing

Anthony Sandberg of OCSC Sailing


We’re giving away sailing lessons with OCSC Sailing in Berkeley, California this month, so it seemed like a good time to grab a few minutes with OCSC’s founder, Anthony Sandberg.

Anthony founded the Olympic Circle Sailing Club (OCSC) in 1979 with a borrowed J-24 sailboat and built it into a nautical powerhouse. Today OCSC has more than 50 boats, 80 instructors and has taught more than 25,000 people how to sail. Really learn to sail, that is, since OCSC’s  home sailing grounds are San Francisco Bay, where the winds often clock 25 knots. The company has been singled out multiple times over the years as one of the best places to work in North America, most recently in 2013 by Outside magazine.

I met Anthony last fall at the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in Namibia, one of the driest places in the world. That may be why the two of us had such an animated discussion about sailing. I touched base with him this week while our giveaway contest is underway.

What is it about sailing that gets people excited?

As JFK said, “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”

There is romance and wonder being carried by the wind anywhere you wish to go.  To guide an invisible force to your will gives you a sense of control and confidence.  It is magic and ancient.
How did you get into sailing?

I grew up in Hawaii two blocks from Waikiki Beach.  I actually have no memory of learning to swim or sail or surf.  Being a water baby was just the way we grew up.  Even today at 65, I become a child again when I step aboard a boat and raise the sails.  My life’s passion has been to share the joy I experience.  I want to teach the world to sail.

Have you done long voyages or are you happy on the waters of San Francisco Bay?

I left home at 16 (we were living in California then) and sailed back to Hawaii and around the Pacific.  I have sailed virtually everywhere in the world on both modern and traditional vessels.  Caribbean, Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Central & South America, Asia and India and Africa….even Antarctica.  No excuse for my behavior.  I love travel and adventure.  And yet for the pure pleasure of just sailing with predictable good winds there is no place better than San Francisco Bay.

How about the team-building aspects of sailing – can it actually help someone become a team player in a world where that seems to be increasingly necessary?

Major corporations like Google, Apple, Genentech, Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB, etc. regularly send teams to us.  Everyone is in the same boat and the actions of each make a direct difference in performance.  Teamwork and communication may be hard to notice when everyone is in cubicles – but on a boat it is all out there to be seen.  Are you pulling your weight or just being a spectator?

I know that OCSC helps people prepare for bareboat experiences – how difficult is it to handle one of these boats in a place like the Caribbean and how do your prepare would-be sailors?

The major goal of our clients is to do exactly that – skipper their own rented boat in the Caribbean.  Later they discover that everywhere in the world worth sailing for fun has similar yachts for charter.

Typically one would take three weeks of sailing instruction interspersed with days of practice over the course of a year.  At that point they have all the skills and confidence to charter a larger yacht anywhere.

Where is your next voyage?

We just had 80 participants on 12 yachts who just sailed the coast of Thailand for two weeks in February.  I’m leading a group of similar size on the coast of Croatia this September for two weeks.

Be sure to enter our giveaway contest for sailing lessons with OCSC Sailing in San Francisco Bay!


Sailing with OCSC in San Francisco Bay

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Backroads: Czech Republic & Austria Bike Tour

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Bear-Camp with ROAM in British Columbia

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Enter to Win a Mountain Khakis Gift Card

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Mountain Khakis, for the outdoor life.

Just in time for the holidays, we’re giving away a gift card for Mountain Khakis. They make the best mountain-inspired lifestyle-apparel brand. Period.

Rugged. Authentic. Reliable. Timeless.  What started as a casual conversation at the Shady Lady Saloon in Jackson Hole, WY has become a top-performing mountain-inspired lifestyle apparel brand.  Established in 2003, Mountain Khakis has quickly became a staple in the wardrobe of everyone from ranch hands to golf pros  — for those who travel by jet, as well as those who travel by thumb.  The Mountain Khakis brand story continues to resonate as it connects to the enthusiast who believes that freedom and rugged adventure is a way of life.

Mountain Khakis

Mountain Khakis are quality guaranteed. MK’s are built to withstand the elements and activities of everyday mountain living.  Every MK garment meets or exceeds their quality standards and is under a full warranty to the original owner against manufacturer’s defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase.

The winner will receive a $75 gift card, good towards the purchase of a Mountain Khakis apparel.

You can enter daily for a chance to win this prize!


The winner will receive a $75 gift card, good towards the purchase of any MK apparel on www.mountainkhakis.com


For a chance to win this contest with Mountain Khakis, just fill out the form below. Multiple entries are welcome, so come back and enter once a day through December 12, 2012. Complete rules are below. The winner will be notified by e-mail on or about December 14, 2012.

And be sure to visit Mountain Khakis to learn more!

Important: Please adjust your spam filter to enable receipt of e-mails with the domain EverettPottersTravelReport.com, so that we can notify you if you’re a winner. Good luck!


Register for a chance to win a Mountain Khakis Gift Card. By entering, you agree to opt-in for weekly emails from Everett Potter’s Travel Report and occasional emails from Mountain Khakis. To enter, you must be at least 21 years old and a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
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COMPLETE RULES: Mountain Khakis Giveaway 
Presented by EverettPottersTravelReport.com and Mountain KhakisNO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.


1. How to Enter. Between 8:00am Eastern Time (“ET”) on November 28, 2012 and 11:59pm ET on December 12, 2012, (the “Giveaway Period”), you may log onto EverettPottersTravelReport.com to enter this Giveaway. To enter, fill out your full name and email on the entry form and click “Submit Now.” Entrants may enter once a day, each day, during the Giveaway Period.


All entrants must have a valid e-mail address. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of EverettPottersTravelReport.com and receipt of entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Delivery of prize will require a street address (no P.O. Boxes) upon winning. EverettPottersTravelReport.com is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic. Only fully completed entries are eligible. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt by this web site.


2. Eligibility. Participation open only to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 21 or older as of date of entry. Proof of age and legal US residency may be required. Void outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Employees and partners of EverettPottersTravelReport.com, Mountain Khakis, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouses) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such employees/partners are not eligible to enter. This Giveaway may only be entered in or from the United States and entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible for entry. You are not authorized to participate in the Giveaway if you are not located within the United States. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.


3. Random Drawing/Odds. One (1) winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received during the Giveaway Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Drawing will be conducted by EverettPottersTravelReport.com on or about December 14, 2012. By entering the Giveaway, you fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these official rules (“Complete Rules”) and the decisions of EverettPottersTravelReport.com, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Giveaway.


4. Prize. The prize will be given to one (1) winner. The prize is for one (1) gift card in the amount of $75 toward the purchase of Mountain Khakis apparel.  The gift card is only valid on www.mountainkhakis.com.  Not valid in retail stores.


In order to redeem the prize, the winner must contact Mountain Khakis after notification from Everett Potter’s Travel Report. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.


The prize may not be sold on eBay or any other auction site, nor may it be sold directly to anyone for cash. Otherwise, the offer becomes invalid.


5. Notification. The winner will be notified by e-mail on or about December 14, 2012. If the winner does not respond to our e-mailed notification within seven (7) calendar days of first notification attempt, if the prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if the winner rejects his/her prize, or in the event of noncompliance with these Complete Rules, such prize will be forfeited and EverettPottersTravelReport.com reserves the right to select an alternate winner from all remaining eligible entries. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given.


6. Conditions. By entering, you agree to opt-in for weekly emails from Everett Potter’s Travel Report and occasional emails from Mountain Khakis. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Participation in this Giveaway and acceptance of prize constitutes the winner’s permission for EverettPottersTravelReport.com and Mountain Khakis to use his/her name, address (hometown and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Giveaway or EverettPottersTravelReport.com for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. EverettPottersTravelReport.com,  Mountain Khakis are not responsible if the prize cannot be awarded due to delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism. Entrants who do not comply with these Complete Rules or attempt to interfere with this Giveaway in any way will be disqualified. There is no purchase or sales presentation required to participate.


7. Additional Terms. In case of dispute as to the identity of any entrant, entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) responsible for assigning e-mail addresses or the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Any potential winner may be requested to provide EverettPottersTravelReport.com with proof that such winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. Any other attempted form of entry is prohibited; no automatic, programmed, robotic or similar means of entry are permitted. EverettPottersTravelReport.com, its affiliates, partners and promotion and advertising agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, web site, Internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter the Giveaway, including any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Giveaway or downloading any materials in this Giveaway.


EverettPottersTravelReport.com reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Giveaway should (in its sole discretion) virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of this Giveaway or for any other reason EverettPottersTravelReport.com deems it necessary. In such case, EverettPottersTravelReport.com may, at its discretion, select the winner from all eligible entries received unaffected by the problem. EverettPottersTravelReport.com reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of this Giveaway or web site. EverettPottersTravelReport.com may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Giveaway or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of this Giveaway by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or EverettPottersTravelReport.com representatives.




8. List of Winners. To obtain the name of the winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 30, 2012 to: Everett Potters Travel Report Attn: Mountain Khakis Giveaway Winner, 146 Third Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803.


Charleston Place

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Contest: Win a 2 Night Golf Getaway to Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Florida

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Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club

Our two-night “Golf Getaway for Two” at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura, Florida has just ended. This prize is for a two-night stay in a Fairmont Golf  View room included a round of golf for two and a group golf clinic at Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Florida.

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

But the good news is that our latest contest is a three-night “Getaway for Two” at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This prize is for a three-night stay at the luxury all-inclusive Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa. So enter daily for a chance to win!

Win a “Getaway for Two” at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Our giveaway contest for a three-night ” Getaway for Two” at San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico (three (3) nights accommodation for two (2) adults in a deluxe ocean front room, airport transfers, daily breakfast in the 21st floor Executive Lounge and one dinner for two (2) people in Ristorante Tuscany) has just ended, and a lucky winner is already making plans for their San Juan getaway.

But don’t give up — our newest contest, a three night getaway for a family of four to the Gran Real Resort & Casino in Cancun, Mexico, has just begun. Click here to enter – and remember to enter daily!

Giveaway: “Spa-Tacular Getaway for Two” at Mohonk Mountain House

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Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York.

"Spa-Tacular Getaway for Two" at Mohonk Mountain House

Our three-night "Spa-Tacular Getaway for Two" at Mohonk Mountain House, a National Historic Landmark resort just 90 miles north of New York City, has just ended. One lucky winner  has received  three (3) nights accommodation for two (2) adults, three (3) meals daily, afternoon tea and cookies, and a $390 spa credit per person at the Spa.

But the good news is that our next contest has begun — three nights at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico. Click here for details.

Win a Free 4 Night Vacation in the Florida Keys — a $1,600 Travel Contest Prize — at Hawk’s Cay and Hyatt Key West

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Hawk's Cay Resort.

Our latest travel contest has just ended and one lucky winner has won a 4-night stay in the Florida Keys at Hawks Cay Resort and the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa.

But the good news is that our next contest — for a getaway at Mohonk Mountain House — begins on July 7, 2010. So come back and enter daily for a chance to win.


Hyatt Key West

Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa.