Chris Jester

Managing Director of the Newport Beach Sailing Charters

Chris is the Managing Director for Newport Beach Sailing Charters. He is also the Managing Director for the Newport Beach Sailing School, the Base Manager for SailTime Orange County and a sailboat dealer for South Coast Yachts. Chris has an MBA from UC Irvine and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego. He grew up in Orange County and learned to sail as a teenager. He is married, with two children, and enjoys sailing, skiing and traveling with his family.

Tom Collins

Tom Collins

Vice President

Tom is the Vice President for Newport Beach Sailing Charters. He is also the Vice President for the Newport Beach Sailing School, Base Manager for SailTime Orange County and a sailboat sales agent for South Coast Yachts. Tom has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Carroll College in Helena, MT. He grew up in Orange County and learned to sail as a young child. Tom has been actively sailing throughout his entire life. He is married and enjoys sailing with his family.

Roger Philips

US Coast Guard Captain and ASA Sailing Instructor

Captain Roger Philips has earned the esteemed recognition of “Outstanding Instructor” by the American Sailing Association for multiple years.

Captain Roger Philips is a US Coast Guard Captain and ASA Sailing Instructor. He is also a former Vessel Assist rescue boat captain. For over thirty years, Captain Roger has been dedicated to the pursuit of sailing, while owning several sailboats. Roger has done extensive sailing in the Pacific Northwest, West Coast, and the East Coast, as well as in the Caribbean and Bermuda. He also teaches part time at Concordia University in Irvine, CA. He and his wife, Antoinette, enjoy sailing locally in Southern California and hosting flotillas in the San Juan Islands.

“We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our time with Capt. Rogers. He was very nice and was very knowledgeable. He provided us information that helped set our expectations and even went out of his way to record our proposal on my behalf. All around I’d give him two thumbs up.”
-Lance K. charter with Capt. Roger

“We had an amazing time on the sailboat! Captain Roger was an absolute pleasure to sail with. He gave us many tips on sailing and provided us with a perfect tour. Thanks for everything!”
-Anthony M. charter with Captain Roger

“We had the BEST time on the sailboat trip. The winds were CRAZY, the sunset was the best, and we had Roger laughing and carrying on with us most of the trip. We could not have asked for a better trip, the winds were fast and the boat was heeling way over. It was the BEST!!!! We have not stopped laughing and talking about it since we left. What a thrill.”
-Marge H. charter with Captain Roger

“We had a fantastic time onboard the sailboat on Saturday. Great weather, good food and nice music. Captain Roger was great and we looking forward to repeating the trip soon. He knew when to get involved and when to lay back and give us some space. Fantastic personality, very knowledgeable about sailing and pleasant for conversation. We will recommend both the Sailing Charter and Captain Roger to our friends.”
-Alvaro G. charter with Roger

Rick La Pan

Rick La Pan

US Coast Guard Captain and ASA Sailing Instructor

Captain Rick is a US Coast Guard Captain and ASA Sailing Instructor. Captain Rick is a Southern California Local, who has outstanding professional customer service. His goal is to make sure that the time you spend sailing will be fun, entertaining, educational, relaxing and overall a great experience.  Rick has experience sailing in various countries all over the world. Rick’s passions include being a father of two kids, sailing, ocean wildlife, big wave surfing, free diving, great white cage diving and bringing new people out on the water to enjoy the magnificent Southern California waters.

“Everything was wonderful!! And, Captain Rick was absolutely the very best! Thank you for everything.
-India R. charter with Rick Lapan

“Our Experience with captain Rick was incredible, and we had the best time ever…definitely want to come back and sail away on a mini vaction with your company. Thank you a very awesome experience!”
-Jael T. charter with Captain Rick

“Rick was really a great captain. I already recommended you guys to someone else.”
-James J. Charter with Captain Rick

“We had a great day!! I will definitely recommend your company to anyone that is looking for an adventure while in Southern California. My family and I would highly recommend Captain Rick, he was very knowledgeable and attentive(not to mention a really nice guy! We will definitely be repeat customers!”
–Vince W. with Captain Rick

Great boat, great captain and the weather and wind could not have been better. See you for the next one.

-John T.


We had a great time, everything was punctual and as expected. Rick was phenomenal.

-Raffaele C.


Rick was amazing!  Very professional and really knowledgeable.  My dad had a great time –as did we all-we were all so happy with the boat-my parents were especially pleased!

-Stephanie M.

As part of a week long trip in Newport, we did a sunset cruise with Captain Rick!! We had a wonderful time as he took as out on a 38 foot sailboat. He shared with us his knowledge of the area and even allowed me to sail the boat!

Our family visits the Newport Coast Area every summer. We always try to do something new and this year we purchased a 3 hour sunset cruise with Newport Beach Sailing Charters. We could not have been happier with our decision. Captain Rick was awesome. He is very knowledgeable and friendly in addition to being a great captain. The boat was absolutely beautiful, clean, and well maintained. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is ready to graduate from the electric boats in the harbor.

Had a great time. We did the 3 hr sunset cruise. Captain Rick was fantastic and the boat was beautiful, we choose the Hunter 40. A perfect evening!