Bill Herrschaft
  © Meghan Sepe
Originally from Marina Del Rey, Bill Herrschaft began sailing as a junior at Santa Monica Yacht Club. He is currently a member of California Yacht Club.
Bill started with North Sails in 1989. He currently specializes in the Santa Cruz 70 offshore racing class, blue water cruising boats, local Farr 40’s, and PHRF club racers.  In the past Bill was an avid small boat sailor, winning the Coronado 15 Nationals in 1979, Santana 20 Nationals in 1978 & 1979, and the MORC Internationals on Lake Ontario in 1983.  Bill learned sailmaking by building one design sails in a garage sail loft, racing re-cutting and fine tuning sail shapes himself.
Bill also enjoys hiking and fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Recently, he’s taken to road cycling, “I love the technology of how the bikes are made, the carbon frames and lightweight components, it’s addicting!”
mobile: 310 890 5307
skype: bill.herrschaft


Chad Hough
  © Meghan Sepe
Chad Hough was born and raised on the West Coast of Michigan.  His parents raced scows on the inland lakes and big boats on the Great Lakes, racing sailboats has been part of his life since he was born.

He began his North Sails career working for North Sails One Design in 1999.  A life long Scow sailor, Chad began to sail with clients on bigger boats after becoming a salesman at North Sails in Long Beach.  Since then he has specialized in the Farr 40, Transpac 52, and Santa Cruz 70.  On his free weekends Chad enjoys racing Etchells with friends.

Throughout his sailing career Chad has won multiple Scow National Championships, he also sailed on the 49er U.S. Sailing team, won 1st at 49er Nationals, and 2nd place at the 2000 Etchells World Championships.

On weekends not filled with sailing, Chad's favorite activities are downhill skiing, kite boarding, and paddle boarding.
mobile: 619 808 2423


Eric Doyle
  © Meghan Sepe
Eric Doyle originally started sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and grew up racing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, from New Orleans over to Pensacola, FL.  His parents got him into sailing, which was easy due to the heat in Southern Mississippi - the only place to stay cool was on the water!

He started working for North One Design in San Diego after the 1992 Olympic Trials and now works out of the Long Beach office.  Eric still enjoys
One-Design racing, especially in the Star class and in Etchells, but he now focuses more on larger classes like the Melges 32, Farr 40, and Sleds.

Eric's top sailing accomplishments include:

1999 Star World Champion
2009 Rolex Wally World Champion
1999 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year
Louis Vuitton Finalist with Oracle/BMW Racing in 2003
America's Cup Campaigns in 2000 with Team Dennis Conner
2003 with Oracle/BMW Racing
2007 with BMW/Oracle Racing

When he's not racing sailboats on the weekend, Eric tries to spend time
together with his wife and two sons, Liam and Emmet.  He also enjoys riding
his road bike in the mornings and escaping every now and then for mountain
bike trips with friends.
mobile: 949 228 7185
skype: ericdoyleusa8153


Dolph Gabeler
  © Meghan Sepe
Dolph started sailing in 1963 on the family 37 foot trimaran in Florida and began his Sailmaking apprenticeship in 1974 in Padanaraham, MA. After joining up with Dan Neri and Ken Read in 1985 he managed their Newport RI service loft for many years. In May of 2008 he headed west to the North 3D facility in Minden, NV to run R&D for the finishing details of Superyacht sails and 3Di sails. He also helped establish service sites in Thailand, India, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.

Dolph brings a wealth of knowledge to our area. His experience yields a unique level of expertise in both traditional sailmaking techniques and handling North's latest technology. Southern California is happy to have his skill and experience as well as a little bit of Yankee work ethic out on the west coast.  When having your sails serviced or optimized at the Costa Mesa/Newport Beach facility, rest assured they are in good hands!

Personally, Dolph has enjoyed a lifetime of sailing multihulls. When he is not sailing or sailmaking, he enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with family.


Zack Maxam
  © Meghan Sepe

Zack Maxam took an interest in the sport of sailing through his father while growing up in San Diego, and started competitive racing after joining the San Diego Yacht Club junior sailing program. After racing dinghys through high school in San Diego and college at UCSB, Zack started sailing 49ers full time and joined the Moth class in 2008.
He signed on with North Sails in late 2011 and specializes in various classes such as the Melges 32, TP52 and SC70, as well as the Moth. Previously an Operations Manager for a boat building firm, Zach is a multitasker, managing his daily logistics with clients and spending any spare time he has on the loft sewing machines.  With a strong racing background ranging from two 49er Olympic Campaigns, numerous keel boat appearances and a heavy One-Design background, Zack brings a broad spectrum of skills to the table.
Zack’s top five sailing accomplishments include:
7th place at 49er World Championships in 2006
1st place at Laser Radial North American Championships in 1995
3rd place at M32 World Championships in 2012
3rd place at Laser II World Championships in 2001
4th place at Farr 40 World Championships in 2004
Zack spends his spare time Surfing, Kite Surfing, playing Disc Golf and walking the dog.
mobile: 949 338 8547