Pete McCormick
  © Meghan Sepe
Originally from Piedmont, CA, Pete started sailing at eight years old in Grosse Pointe Michigan.

He began with North Sails at the 3DL finishing site in Alameda, first as a summer job in the spring of 1994, and later spent two years working in the service department. Pete became a salesman in 1998, working out of North Sails in San Francisco.

A past CSD class leader in the J/120 class, Pete currently focuses on IRC/ORR optimization, as well as the Etchells class and numerous One Design classes.

Top sailing accomplishments:
5 time Rolex Big Boat winner
2 time Key West Race Week winner
3 time Miami Race Week winner
1st place Cabo Race (2007)
7th place Etchells World Championships

Though sailing takes up much of his time, Pete enjoys days on the golf course every once in a while!

pete.mccormick@northsails.com

 
 
 

Seadon Wijsen
  © Meghan Sepe
Seadon Wijsen is from Berkeley, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He was introduced to sailing at the age of six by his father, 4 years later they sailed together from California to Hawaii. Seadon got involved with the Richmond Yacht Club junior program and later sailed for the University of California at Berkley.

Seadon began working for North Sails in 2001, and focuses on offshore sailing, handicap racing and one design.  He has significant experience in the Melges 24, Melges 32, and J/105 classes, as well as IRC/HPR boats.  In the past he has also focused on Farr 40's,1D35's, and J/24's.

Some of Seadon's top sailing accomplishments include:
-1st in class and 1st overall 2012 Pacific Cup
-1st in class 2007 Trans Pac
-1st in class and 2nd overall 2005 Cabo Race
-1st 1D35 Nationals 2004, 2005
-1st Moore 24 Nationals 1997, 1998
-2nd 11metre World Championships 1998
-1st 1995 Prince of Wales, 2nd 1995 ISAF Nations Cup

seadon.wijsen@northsails.com

 
     

 James Quinby
 
Sail Care Manager James Quinby learned how to sail on his father's knee in their handmade Thistle with Egyptian cotton sails. His racing career was mostly as a Junior Sailor on Long Island Sound in the popular One Designs of the day... (1958-1968), Lightnings, 505s, 110s, Stars, Etchells.

As he grew older and more experienced, James helped do deliveries from Bermuda, Jamaica and Nassau for owners from Indian Harbor YC. He also raced in numerous Block Island and Vineyard Races while going to college in New London, CT.

California came calling and while his wife Janet and he raised their sons in the Sierras, he was able to keep sailing on high elevation lakes on Nacra Catamarans. After retiring from the Fire Service in 1994, James started working for North Sails at the 3DL® finishing site in Alameda, CA and was part of the team who opened the Minden, NV facility in the mid 1990s. In 2001, Quinby and his family moved to San Francisco where James became the Sail Care Manager and in his owned words has "enjoyed the opportunity to provide sail care for the diverse sailors and sailing craft we have on San Francisco Bay. From ocean voyaging cruisers to elite One Design classes and everything in between, we are here to help."

james.quinby@northsails.com

 
 
 

 Sven Rand
 
North Sails has expanded their San Francisco-area sail care loft by adding Sven Rand, an experienced and talented sailmaker, to their full-time team. A veteran employee of North Sails, Rand has worked for the company for more than 11 years and was most recently working at North’s state-of-the-art 3DL and 3Di production facility in Minden, NV. Rand is a big boat sail care and repair expert, which is why he re-located to North’s 3DL facility in 2007 after a superyacht finishing floor was installed at the 80,000 square foot facility. Rand also worked for BMW/Oracle Racing during the 2009-10 America’s Cup as the team’s onsite sailmaker where he worked directly with the team’s sail designers to build, re-cut and repair the team’s sail inventory in both Valencia, Spain and San Diego, CA.

“I have known James (manager of the San Francisco sail care loft) and Janet Quinby for a long time and jumped at the opportunity to work with them here in Sausalito. “It’s great to get back to a ‘grass roots’ level after spending so many years in such a huge production facility,” Rand said. “But my knowledge and experience as a sailmaker has grown ten fold while working in Minden. I will be doing sales here as well, which is a nice change and allows me to work directly with North clients, which I really enjoy. I feel lucky to work for a company like North Sails where I can move around to different locations in the world and work with so many great people and a product that is second-to-none.”

sven.rand@northsails.com