About Us

Who is Captain Don Marchi?  Captain Don Marchi is a retired US Naval Engineer, Machinist Mate First Class (Surface Warfare Specialist). During his Navy career, he excelled in organization, management and team building.  He is a 4.0 sailor who thrives on learning about electrical and mechanical architecture. Don Marchi’s drive and determination placed him in positions of higher responsibility allowing him to retire early.

Don Marchi retired in 1995 after completing (6) deployments, earned (2) Navy Achievement Medals and a Unit Citation, and (4) recommendations to be appointment to a commission.

As a civilian, Don Marchi’s professional dreams were focused on software. After (3) years of study, he earned his degree in Computer Information Science at Coleman University in San Diego, CA.  Don Marchi’s software career was rewarding and let him create his dream of owning a Yacht chartering service.

Captain Don Marchi shares the romance and dance between the wind and the sea with the cruisers on Gone Sailing Charters. Captain Don Marchi enjoys sharing his free time with his kids and a loving wife here in San Diego, CA.

Captain Don Marchi and Gone Sailing Charters work with many CEO’s, young professionals, thrill seekers, active professionals and sailing students who are passionate about sailing and want to experience the elements at sea.

Our mission at Gone Sailing Charters is to set the sails and guide our yacht charters into coastal adventures, creating an open water sailing experience in San Diego that brings to life the romance of the wind and sea.

Our yacht chartering services include sunset sails, team building and sailing activities, private yacht charters and overnight adventures to Santa Catalina Island.

What makes Gone Sailing Charters unique?  Gone Sailing Charter services include open water and near coastal sailing where most other yacht charter services in San Diego focus on sailing the bay.  Gone Sailing Charters is the only open water Yacht Chartering Service in Mission Bay.

We look forward to serving you on your next sailing adventure.

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