Captain / Co Owner
Transplanted Texan, Captain Lynn Hanna is a retired IT professional who decided sailing was a better alternative to retirement. A former Marine Corps officer, Hanna worked in both southern California and Texas before making San Diego his permanent home in 2003. Having owned two medium size cruising sailboats in San Diego and Texas, Hanna is now a licensed 100-ton captain and has worked as captain of IACC charter boats since 2004.
Mark Niblack, M.D.
Dr. Niblack grew up in Los Angeles and earned his B.A. in Biology at UCLA. He moved to San Diego and earned his M.D. at UCSD’s School of Medicine. After an Internship at Mercy Hospital and an Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Florida, he practiced as an anesthesiologist in San Diego for fourteen years before retiring. After buying Dennis Conner’s 1992 America’s Cup yacht, Stars & Stripes, USA-11 in August 2006, he has been sailing full-time. Now, most of his free time is spent fixing things.
A Few Words About the Sailing Crew
Enjoyed a great afternoon with Stars and Stripes and the crew. Started off with a history of the America’s cup and US-11. The Owners enjoyed entertaining and they took lots of pictures. The guests were allowed time on the wheel and grinding the winches. The afternoon also included history and information of San Diego Bay. Great for team building and families but would not recommend for children younger than 7-8 years old as the boat does rock and heel. Great fun and a great memory. Will do it again if in the area. Bob – NC
I went on the starts and stripes as a first sailing experience and was not disappointed. The crew were informative around the boat, the history and of San Diego Bay. It’s great tour of the bay! The crew are also keen for you to get involved in helping you sail the boat. Pete and Bob were great in explaining how all the different roles help sailing the boat and giving demonstrations to explain different roles when we volunteered to help. There was soft drinks, snacks and water available on the boat. There is a designated photographer on board so you don’t need to worry about carrying your phone or camera and they will store your bags safely at the back of the boat. All round great experience and I would recommend this to everyone!
Had a fantastic time sailing on the stars and stripes yacht. All the crew were very friendly and helpful, letting us get stuck in. Pete and Bob were lots of fun and very engaging. Would definitely recommend myself and partner loved it.
Our trip was arranged by a friend as a precursor to a re-union of a Navy Submarine crewand it was fantastic. The crew was friendly, informative and super pleasant. They made sure everyone had an opportunity to share in the sailing experience and in the process Hanna took a lot of very good photos and then they were sent to us. The weather turned out beautiful and overall it was fabulous.
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"The only Sailing Charter in San Diego to Consider"
“Fastest sailboat in San Diego Bay, opportunity to be part of the crew, sailing was more like gliding like a pelican across the ocean. Sailing Tour would not be by main choice, however after experiencing this sailing crew on the Stars $ Stripes USA 11 – I felt like I was one of the crew instantly. Exhilarating, Fast, Beautiful, with a dose of San Diego Bay’s history sums it all up. HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CHECK THIS OUT – SAILOR OR NON-SAILOR!”