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The Pacific Seafaring Foundation is dedicated to promoting the arts of seafaring, sailing, and preservation of classic yachts through hands-on educational programs and experiential learning opportunities with our sailing vessels and in collaboration with other sailing organizations. After decades of sailing and involvement in a range of non-profit efforts to boost the sport for all, we think we may have discovered a way of doing just that by providing the hundreds of sail training organizations with a broader set of experiences for their programs that they are not equipped to do themselves.

The Pacific Seafaring Foundation is supported by a growing corps of enthusiast volunteers and supporters dedicated to our goal. In the past few months we have managed to merge with a 501C3 non-profit, welcome the donation of use of a beautiful yacht, Ocean Queen V, and the donation of the Yankee, a legendary San Francisco Bay schooner needing some restoration. We took Ocean Queen to the Master Mariners Boat Show and were awarded the Stone Cup. Then we entered her in the Rolex Big Boat Regatta with a large crew of sailors and supporters, introducing all to the PSF concept and programs. Now we must prepare for booking and a full set of programs for the spring….and trying to fund it all. We have made it this far with the support of some generous grants from fellow believers in the cause but can no longer lean only on their generosity.

Meet Our Founders

Charles (Charlie) J. Hart

Charles (Charlie) J. Hart Born in Canada in 1937, Jon emigrated to the U.S. in 1964 and became a U.S. citizen. In 1968 he was employed by Levi Strauss & Co. with focus on raw material quality control. In 1986 he and a partner initiated an operation finding, importing, and converting to U.S. specs AMG Mercedes-Benz automobiles, unavailable at the time in the U.S. In 1993 he moved on to develop a database management car finding business on the Internet (in its infancy at the time) which he exploited with significant success. Retired in 2002, he now sails a 30’ sloop, Adagio. After a long association with the Ford family, former owners and donors of schooner Yankee, he was asked to join the Foundation as Treasurer. jonprice5800@gmail.com

Charles (Charlie) J. Hart Born in Canada in 1937, Jon emigrated to the U.S. in 1964 and became a U.S. citizen. In 1968 he was employed by Levi Strauss & Co. with focus on raw material quality control. In 1986 he and a partner initiated an operation finding, importing, and converting to U.S. specs AMG Mercedes-Benz automobiles, unavailable at the time in the U.S. In 1993 he moved on to develop a database management car finding business on the Internet (in its infancy at the time) which he exploited with significant success. Retired in 2002, he now sails a 30’ sloop, Adagio. After a long association with the Ford family, former owners and donors of schooner Yankee, he was asked to join the Foundation as Treasurer. jonprice5800@gmail.com

John R. McNeill

John R. McNeill A sailor since age 10, John McNeill serves as President of the Pacific Seafaring Foundation.
He also is a Staff Commodore of St. Francis Yacht Club, Past President of the International Council of Yacht Clubs, Director of the National Sailing Hall of Fame and Colony Governor of the California Mayflower Society. John’s is retired from a career in international marketing and consulting. Prior management posts included such as General Foods Corp, White Plains, NY and Squibb Corp, New York, NY.
His sailing life has included sailing everything from an El Toro to an Americas Cup yacht but has focused in the last two decades on the Gaff Schooner, Yankee, as skipper and caretaker. John came to the Foundation as a result of a deep love for Yankee, which was donated to the Foundation by her owners since 1926, the Ford family of Marin County.rovingjohn@sonic.net

John R. McNeill A sailor since age 10, John McNeill serves as President of the Pacific Seafaring Foundation.
He also is a Staff Commodore of St. Francis Yacht Club, Past President of the International Council of Yacht Clubs, Director of the National Sailing Hall of Fame and Colony Governor of the California Mayflower Society. John’s is retired from a career in international marketing and consulting. Prior management posts included such as General Foods Corp, White Plains, NY and Squibb Corp, New York, NY.
His sailing life has included sailing everything from an El Toro to an Americas Cup yacht but has focused in the last two decades on the Gaff Schooner, Yankee, as skipper and caretaker. John came to the Foundation as a result of a deep love for Yankee, which was donated to the Foundation by her owners since 1926, the Ford family of Marin County.rovingjohn@sonic.net

Arthur Jonathan (Jon) Price

Arthur Jonathan (Jon) PriceWorked in the Quality Control at Levi Strauss & Co. from 1968 to 1985. Then, Jon became involved in importing high-end cars, with focus on Mercedes-Benz, In 1990 he moved on to develop a car finding business based on database management. It was in the infancy of the Internet, which he exploited with significant success. Retired in 2002, Jon now sails a 30’ sloop, Adagio. After a long association with the Ford family, former owners of schooner Yankee, he was asked in 2021 to join the Foundation as Treasurer. jonpriceS00@gmail.com

Arthur Jonathan (Jon) PriceWorked in the Quality Control at Levi Strauss & Co. from 1968 to 1985. Then, Jon became involved in importing high-end cars, with focus on Mercedes-Benz, In 1990 he moved on to develop a car finding business based on database management. It was in the infancy of the Internet, which he exploited with significant success. Retired in 2002, Jon now sails a 30’ sloop, Adagio. After a long association with the Ford family, former owners of schooner Yankee, he was asked in 2021 to join the Foundation as Treasurer. jonpriceS00@gmail.com

The Pacific Seafaring Foundation is supported by a growing corps of enthusiast volunteers and supporters dedicated to our goal. In the past few months we have managed to merge with a 501C3 non-profit, welcome the donation of use of a beautiful yacht, Ocean Queen V, and the donation of the Yankee, a legendary San Francisco Bay schooner needing some restoration. We took Ocean Queen to the Master Mariners Boat Show and were awarded the Stone Cup. Then we entered her in the Rolex Big Boat Regatta with a large crew of sailors and supporters, introducing all to the PSF concept and programs. Now we must prepare for booking and a full set of programs for the spring….and trying to fund it all. We have made it this far with the support of some generous grants from fellow believers in the cause but can no longer lean only on their generosity.