Two-time national champ
Capt. Mark Ryan has a whopping 28 years of sailing experience. He proved his mastery of the sport in 2010 upon winning the Lido Nationals, a title he later reclaimed in 2014. Capt. Ryan has also participated in two Ensenada races and one Transpacific Yacht race which is a 2,500-mile voyage with a finish line in Oahu. Captain Ryan's charter guests enjoy his passion and knowledge of sailing. When on land, Mark ties up his laces for regular 5k runs and teaches history to middle schoolers.
Founder of Jolly Sailing
Captain Max Jolly launched Jolly Sailing after serving as the director of Leeway Sailing Center for ten years. Max races Lido 14's and Catalina 37' sailboats regularly and was a crew member on the first-place vessel, a Santa Cruz 70', in the Newport to Ensenada race in 2015. Max earned both his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Leisure and Recreation Studies and has held his USCG Captain's license for a decade. On the boat, Capt. Jolly takes pride in the hospitality he provides to guests. Passengers have repeatedly shared that they walk away from the charter truly feeling as though Max is "their friend with a boat"! (See our Yelp reviews for support!) When Max is not sailing, he can be found surfing, snowboarding, skateboard, and traveling abroad.
Kayla met Max upon taking sailing classes back in 2010. He made her a jolly gal and now together they run Jolly Sailing. Kayla has 8 years of hospitality experience and is currently working full time and pursuing a Master of Business degree at California State University, Long Beach. Kayla tackles the accounting, marketing, strategy, and admin components of the charter boat company. Having done a fair amount of traveling over the years, and a passion for mitigating climate change, she is proud that the business fits under the eco-tourism umbrella. The boat rentals being an exciting AND environmentally friendly option for those visiting Long Beach. When she's not hustling, you can find her playing beach volleyball or riding her Yamaha TW.