We recognize that our members are dedicated professionals that deserve a break from hectic daily routines. We strive to provide you superior customer service, clean well maintained yachts and vast opportunities to expand your boating knowledge and hone your skills.  We have assisted hundreds of sailors to achieve their yachting goals.  Whether you envision creating a social network, bonding with family and friends on weekend trips to Catalina Island, partnering with us through Charter Management, cruising in foreign waters, becoming a sailing instructor, earning your US Coast Guard Captains credentials or any other vision you share with us we are here to help you turn your dream into reality.

Al Schoneberger

Licensed USCG Captain


Captain Al's passion for the sport of sailing and teaching beginning students make him an invaluable part of our team.  His  patience, sense of humor and years of sailing experience make sailing lessons with him an exceptionally enjoyable learning experience.  When not teaching our Complete Sailing Course students how to sail Captain Al can be found making boat deliveries, bareboat chartering around the world or working to keep his own yacht in tip top shape.



Dockmaster- Mariano Merlan Lopez

Mariano has over twenty years’ experience maintaining and varnishing sailboats. He is also a master at moving boats in and out of slips, side ties, and hair breadth spaces. His gentle nature and hard work is evident every time you step aboard our fleet of boats. We are lucky to have such a valuable colleague. 


Ralph Wynkoop

Licensed USCG Captain

ASA Certified Instructor

RPBA Certified Instructor


Captain Ralph is our head instructor with both American Sailing Association (ASA) and US Sailing Instructor certifications. Captain Wynkoop is materially responsible for creating and drafting our Complete Sailing Course. Twenty years of teaching sailing to beginners and advanced students is why Marina Sailing Newport Beach is the center for instruction. 

The Real Boss - Leslie Acord

A partner in building Marina Sailing Newport Beach, Leslie and her daughter Maggie are irreplaceable. Her passion is helping our members achieve their boating goals.  Whether sailing or directing operations, Leslie is the heart of Marina Sailing Newport Beach. 

Our philosophy 

Instructors and captains

THE STAFF

The Boss - Charlie Silver

Charlie took on Marina Sailing Newport Beach in April 2001 with no sailing or business background, but a desire to combine his love of ocean and people. “The sailing club succeeds because of staff and members; all I do is nurture their sailing dreams through Corinthian sailing.”

Heinz Rose

Licensed USCG Captain

ASA Certified Instructor


Dubbed "The Dolphin Finder", Captain Rose is your Sunday Day Sail guide.  Join Captain Heinz on a Day Sail for boat handing practice, sailing instruction, siting dolphin pods, whale watching and sharing a contagious love of the sea.  A certified ASA Instructor Capt. Heinz will insure learning is always happening.

Ken Schoffstoll

Licensed USCG Captain

ASA Certified Instructor


Ken has literally "risen through the ranks", a 2001 Complete Sailing Course graduate.  Ken takes his sailing seriously.  ASA Instructor, USCG Licensed Captain, Commodore of the South Shore Yacht Club, Marina Cup racing skipper, veteran Newport to Ensenada skipper and race committee, and most important an unparalleled devotion to learning the art of sailing.