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Ros de Vries: Ambassador

January 19, 2021 by Nicki Bennett

Welcome aboard  Rosanne de Vries. Ros started sailing in her youth in Australia. In the last few years, she re-caught the 'bug' and is now an avid sailor on the San Francisco Bay, as well as a chair at Island Yacht Club. 

Tell us a bit about yourself! 

I’m Ros de Vries, an avid sailor and community firebrand. I started off with youth sailing in Sydney, Australia-- but the bug didn't really bite until fairly recently when I took a keelboat class with j/24's at Treasure Island Sailing Center.

In the last 2 years, I've progressed from crewing in Bay and offshore races to owning and racing my own boat - a Santa Cruz 27, Medusa (#145).

I am the Publications Chair at Island Yacht Club (, where I relaunched the IYC website and helped produce the first virtual IYC Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar in 2020. Island Yacht Club runs racing and social events all year round, both from Alameda Marina and online.

Making sailing accessible to others has always been a personal goal. Much of my creative work - including articles and photography for Latitude 38 magazine - has focused on everyday people finding happiness through sailing, even throughout the pandemic. You can follow my adventures at:

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Preferred type of sailing: 

Racing, small boats

Boat Make: 

Santa Cruz 27

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Alameda, CA

Favorite Point of Sail: 

Broad reach - with the spinnaker up!

How long have you been sailing? 

2-3 years on keelboats

What do you love about sailing?

The non-stop attention to so many variables (where is the wind? what is the fastest course?), meeting other sailors, the beautiful views from the water!

How long have you been participating in Summer Sailstice? 

2 years

What are your Summer Sailstice plans for 2021?

Tentatively - TI to Estuary parade, followed by lunch at Brotzeit Lokal.

Are you a part of any sailing clubs, fleets or organizations? 

Island Yacht Club

Why do you want to be a Summer Sailstice Ambassador?

Let's rally the SC27 fleet! Let's get more people out on the water!

Who is your sailing hero?

Linda Newland

What is your bucket list sailing trip? 

Greece or Croatia... Or sailing back to Sydney :)

Favorite Sailing Movie? 

Warren Miller's "Hot Yachts Cold Water" :D

Keep up with Ros on her website and Instagram.



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