WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
At MiraMar Adventures, we believe in combining the beauty of the natural world and a deep respect for nature and the ocean with a hands-on educational experience to take your sailing skills to the next level. We are committed to providing an enjoyable and rewarding experience aboard Mira Mar, and our focus on your learning style will ensure you have a thoroughly satisfying adventure.
Of course, it's not all work... and if your intent is to simply enjoy floating aboard and enjoying the sites and sounds of life on the water, then we are all for it... Snorkeling, fishing, and paddle sports add to the sailing lifestyle too!
Captain Jeff Riecks and his business partner, Dennis McMasters, met in college at West Virginia University while playing heavy metal music. No, really. After graduating and going their separate ways for a while, they ended up living near each other in southern California 10 years later. By this point Dennis had been living aboard his Islander 37 monohull, Synapse, for about eight years. Jeff took to sailing aboard Synapse, well, like a fish to water. Shortly after this he changed his life direction to involve all things sailing and has been doing so for over 20 years. We started MiraMar Adventures to share our love of sailing and the water with others.
Meet the Team
Captain Jeff Riecks
Majority Partner and Licensed Captain
Jeff Riecks [pronounced rix] is a freelance sailing instructor and marine industry consultant. In addition to living aboard and operating Mira Mar, he is currently the Standards Coordinator for the American Sailing Association (ASA), where he contributes to the upkeep of ASA’s education standards, textbooks, and exams. Jeff also serves on several national boating safety and education standards committees, and is a licensed Florida yacht salesperson.
Jeff has been boating for most of his adult life and has worked as a sailing educator and charter/private yacht captain since 2001. He has taught basic, intermediate and advanced sailing, cruising, and navigation to hundreds of people and is a recipient of ASA’s “Outstanding Instructor” award. He also holds a 100-ton Near Coastal merchant mariner’s credential with sailing and towing endorsements, and has completed several yacht deliveries along the east and west coasts of North America, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas.
Prior to becoming a professional mariner, Jeff spent 18 years as an engineer and program manager in the government electronics, logistics, and commercial information technology industries.
Jeff grew up in Maryland and attended West Virginia University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has also lived in Texas, Ohio, California, Wyoming, Florida, Baja California Mexico, and Quebec, Canada. He has owned five sailboats: a Dyer Dhow, Hunter216, Catalina30, CSY44, and currently a Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40 catamaran.
Dennis has been a life long outdoor enthusiast including sailing, adventure travel, back country skiing and hiking. He spent over 10 years living aboard his Islander 37, Synapse, in southern California. He currently resides in Zephyr Cove, NV at the base of the Heavenly ski resort and maintains a healthy respect and love for all things outdoors and adventurous. He is currently retired from a corporate career in IT and welcomes the chance to get out on the sea aboard Mira Mar. He is studying for his captain's license and hopes to be leading his own adventures sometime next year.
Aa a life long musician, Dennis continues to pursue this passion as well playing blues and acoustic rock at local clubs.
Drop us a line
So, that's who we are. Drop us a line and let us know what you are interested in and what we can do to help you fulfill at least some of your dreams.