Captain Paul Dines
has lived in a maritime community his entire life. Born in New York, NY and raised in New England and Hilton Head Island, SC, Paul began his love affair with boats at the age of five. Captain Paul has been on the San Francisco Bay since 1983 and held his licensed since 1994.
Paul has been the master of some of San Francisco's most well-loved vessels. He has successfully delivered numerous private yachts up and down the West Coast and beyond. His longstanding observation of, and commitment to, the San Francisco Bay make him the go-to guy for many marine film, media and special events on the San Francisco Bay. Some of the feathers in his Captain's hat include Eye on the Bay, National Geographic, BBC TV, ESPN and 2014 San Andreas movie. He has coordinated media to record boats like the Queen Mary, the Maltese Falcon, and Gitana 13 entering the Bay. He has managed countless competitive open-water swims. He has a fantastic eye for marine photography and is the ideal captain to work with photographers.
Captain Paul is the Vice Admiral of the Master Mariners Benevolent Association and is an active leader in Sausalito's waterfront community.
"The Bay has so many wonderful vistas and dramatic corners that continue to amaze me even after 25 years. When people are out on the water taking in the dramatic vistas and learn about the history here, I can see moments that will be remembered for a lifetime being created, it"s a privileged to share in something both intimate and profound" - Captain Paul Dines
Marina O'Neill imbues everything she touches with her profound knowledge of the Hospitality and Event Industry. She deeply values and focuses on local food and wine sources, always working to continue the traditions of the Bay Area's legendary culinary luminaries. Marina's career began in 1990 at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, supporting all facets of traditional banquets, weddings and seminars. A native to the Bay Area, Marina has been involved in the coordination and execution of many important events throughout Marin, San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Counties. Committed to directing the perfect event every time, she is devoted to every detail as her loyal clients know well. Marina is a past Director on the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce Board. She is a chief coordinator for Sausalito Sailfest , actively involved with the Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade, and is active in many of Sausalito's local events. Marina has been at the helm of Hospitality and Sales for SF Bay Adventures for over a decade.
"I enjoy the relationship that develops with my clients through the process of planning and executing their events. I feel I am indulged with a wonderful extended family that continues to grow." - Marina O'Neillinfo@sfbayadventures.com
Adrian McCullough is proud to be a Captain on San Francisco’s pretty prettiest little schooner, Freda B. He holds his 100 ton Near Coastal Masters License. He has been sailing and working on boats for nearly 25 years. He shipped out on his first boat at age 15 and since then has worked professionally on more than a dozen traditional sailing vessels. He graduated with a Geography degree focusing on Environmental Impact Assessment at Canada’s University of Waterloo and has a certificate from the Silva Bay Shipyard School, specializing in Traditional wooden boat construction. He has served time on Canada’s oldest commercial sailing vessel as Chief Mate and held positions of 2nd Mate/Bosun on a number of square-riggers where his knowledge of boat construction, traditional rigging and boat handling has allowed him to flourish, hone his skills and become a strong yet humble leader and shipmate. Adrian has enjoyed time performing conservation work on research vessels on British Columbia’s mid-coast living in remote Fjords, assessing old-growth rain forests and Grizzly habitat, and been involved in the eco-tourism, sailing between Vancouver and Alaska. He has also taught marine ecology and maritime history. Two of his favorite adventures are sailing through the icebergs and flows of Alaska’s Tracy Arm and swimming with the humpback whales in the Silver Banks of the Dominican Republic. His love of the sea is apparent in most of the things he does. Adrian has been settled in the San Francisco Bay for 7 years, is married and has a little boy named Crawford.
Casey Dierck grew up on the shore of the Puget Sound near a small town named Vaughn. He learned to sail from his dad at the age of five, and has been sailing ever since. At the age of 22 bought his first ocean going sailboat, named Hoy Hoy. With his boat he thoroughly explored the Puget Sound and the San Juan islands, and made passage to San Francisco Bay from his home waters. From the Bay Area he sailed Hoy Hoy to Mexico and the Sea of Cortez, as well as a passage to Hawaii. With his current sailboat Chae Mi, he has made a windward "clipper route" passage from Cabo San Lucas to San Francisco, which entails sailing offshore 700 miles to gain favorable winds. This fall he intends on making another trip to Mexico and will again return via offshore route in spring. Casey has sailed and worked to maintain Freda B for five years and he loves her like one of his own! He has crisscrossed the bay almost a thousand times, and knows its currents and winds intimately.
John Bosco was raised in the Northeast and moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After twelve years he left the city and embarked on a life on the water, ending up spending his winters in Key West, FL and his summers in northern ports. He has worked as a deck-hand and eco-tour guide on traditional sailing vessels, ultimately earning a 100 ton Masters license. John came to the Bay Area to for its geography and to build his sailing skills on the San Francisco Bay.
Hailing from Missouri, Abby never imagined her path would lead her to the sea. She moved to San Francisco and started taking sailing lessons. When she mentioned to her sailing instructor, "I wish I could spend every day at sea," she was encouraged to apply for a deckhand position. Abby has since spent the past 8 seasons working as a deckhand and sailing instructor on the San Francisco Bay. She has sailed the California coast from Mexico to San Francisco. Abby carries a 100 ton Masters License.
Jimmie Marquez was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. At the age of 18 he heard the mountains calling and left the City with a backpack and rock climbing gear. At the age of 21 Jimmie was hired with the National Park Service to build, re-build and maintain front and backcountry trails in Yosemite and Denali National Parks. Jimmie started sailing in 2012 as a deckhand for a non-profit that gives inner city youth the opportunity to experience sailing on the SF Bay. He loved the experience of sailing so much that he decided to never stop sailing or traveling. Around the same time he realized that the best way to get around the world is by sailboat! When Jimmie began down this path he had no sailing, maritime or nautical skills. As a deckhand for the non-profit Jimmie learned basic sailing skills and as he learned those skills he also taught those same skills to the students. For the past 4 years he has been sailing, racing and working on as many boats as possible. He is now a ASA certified instructor and is soon to be USCG Licensed Captain. Jimmie currently works as a deckhand on Schooner Freda B and enjoys sailing the ship as well as her good company.
Tyler is a mariner and naturalist born and raised in New England, where he spent his summers living aboard his family's sailboat and cruising the coast of Maine. He hasn't strayed far from the water since, going to school for Marine Biology and Environmental Studies and working as a sailing instructor, captain, naturalist, ocean kayak guide and even as a commercial fisherman. From his start racing Lasers and J-24s, Tyler has hopped aboard as many boats as possible, developing a special love for traditional sailing ships and the songs and history that accompany them. Tyler is devoted to showing people a great time sailing on the bay and also to keeping them safe, which is why he has lifeguard training as well as a Wilderness First Responder certification. Crewing hundreds of times with Freda B since 2010, Tyler has a deep appreciation for San Francisco Bay and looks forward to showing you another perspective on this special place!
Shannon Elaine Adams (SEA) was born in Porter, a type of soulful beer, and a type of Texas town that apparently produces soulful beer-lovers. After living on the coast of the Gulf, and having tasted the life aquatic, the gravity of the great Pacific pulled her to San Francisco, where she now lives with her pets. She's been a pro beach-volleyball player, truck driver, personal trainer, and more, but mostly a bartender, and is now in her nineteenth consecutive year tending bar. Needless to say, aboard the Freda B, she's the one to ask for a drink, or a warm blanket, or even a nip of bartender wisdom.
Sarah is a native of the Bay Area who fell in love with food at an early age and seemed to always know her place was in the galley. Growing up with a family that hunted and gathered mushrooms, wild game and local seafoods her knowledge of what is good and fresh comes from personal experience. She got her start in the family kitchen helping prepare family holiday meals with passed down recipes from generations. Her love and understanding of food and its power to make people happy is obvious in her enthusiasm. Sarah Turrini is just one of the granddaughters of Freda B you may encounter while on board.
David Robert Johnson (a.k.a. Chef DR Jones) was born in Iowa. His grandfather, a farmer, first introduced him to growing food, canning, and preserving, and the intimacy of eating locally. He received a BS in Geography & Environmental Management from the University of Iowa, specifically studying the interrelationships between the health of society, economy, and environment with special respect to food production systems.
He spent ten years cooking on historic tall ships, seasonally and geographically sourcing food; and expanding his culinary repertoire via cooking with locals, exchanging recipes, and experimenting with whatever was in season. From French cooking in Montreal to fish fries in the Caribbean, DR Jones's cooking is an intimate, eclectic, and joyous accumulation of tastes, cultures, and communities.
David spent three years in Africa, where he initiated a community development project employing and educating local Xhosa tribe metic graduates in food production, service, and management. He designed and built a tiki restaurant of local materials, opened a fish market, planted three large perma-culture gardens with French drains for black water, compost, and solar heated water systems.