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1070 Marina Village Harbor, Suite 104 Alameda, CA 94501 • T. 510.523.6730 • F. 510.523.3041

Meet the Crew

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Captain Pat Garfield

Pat Garfield and Diane Murray
By David Jensen, C470

They were "two crazy women," old enough to know better and fueled at times by cookies and milk, but they made history in the classic Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii.

It was almost an inadvertent achievement. The voyage began simply as something of a homecoming trip. At the time they entered, little did Patricia Garfield and Diane Murray know that they would become the first women to sail double-handed in the Transpac, one of the oldest ocean races in the world. And it was all aboard a Catalina 470

Tears flowed at the finish line. Garfield and Murrary had just completed eight hours in the boisterous Molokai Channel, bouncing "like a cork in a whirlwind." As they neared the end of the race aboard Charmed Life, the summer sun rose over Diamond Head. Hawaiian music, leis and mai-tais and a crowd of about 50 greeted them at the dock.
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Captain Diane Murray

Diane is a northern California sailor that has accumulated 48,000 miles over the past 37 years of sailing. She holds a USCG 100 Ton Masters License and is a certified US Sailing and Power Boat instructor. She has owned several boats, including three Catalinas, and currently owns a S & S 40-foot ketch. In 2005, she and Patty Garfield double-handed the Transpac Race from Long Beach to Honolulu on Patty's Catalina 470. They double-handed the boat back to San Francisco, making this Diane’s fifth crossing. Diane loves to do charter work around the world with female sailors and is also the Farallone-based instructor for new Catalina and Ranger Tug owners.
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Gary Bernhard

Sailboat owner and enthusiast for the past ten years, Gary has enjoyed sailing as far north as the San Juan Islands and as far south as the Panama Canal. A graduate of UCLA with a Masters degree in Education, some of Gary’s successful endeavors have included serving as an investment advisor/commodity broker, executive recruiter, and meditation instructor.
Now a member of the Farallone Yacht Sales Team, Gary enjoys combining his interest in sail and boating with a passion for contributing to people.
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Tracey Karsten Farrell

Tracey is an East Coast sailor who grew up racing and sailing on Long Island Sound, and cruising Atlantic coastal waters and the Chesapeake Bay. Her introduction to the sport was at age 4, tucked into the open bow of a 17-ft Thistle racing through the icy waters of Lake Erie. She never looked back. She owns four sailboats, a 36-foot Catalina to enjoy the waters of Northern California (Hull #74!), and a 16-foot Hobie Cat, a 19-foot Lightning and a 43-foot Cheoy Lee-built Rhodes Reliant yawl, which hail from Annapolis, Maryland. One of her many West Coast sailing highlights was serving as grinder/sail trimmer on a Santa Cruz 52 for the 2004 Pacific Cup and placing 5th overall. Tracey loves to spend as much time as she can on the water, fishing, cruising and racing with family and friends, and sails with Olympic Circle Sailing Club.
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AJ Gust

AJ Gust is originally from Wisconsin and called New York his home for the past 14 years. He is thrilled to make the Bay Area his new home.

AJ studied architecture at the University of Arizona and interior design at the New York School of Interior Design. Prior to his yacht broker career, AJ was in the real estate industry at Sotheby’s International Realty in New York City where he represented some of the finest properties available. This experience has given AJ a uniquely detail-oriented perspective and the expertise to anticipate exactly what his clients are looking for.

AJ has always had a passion for being on the water and fulfilled this dream by owning his first sailboat a little over 15 years ago. AJ now lives aboard his classic Chris Craft motor yacht along with his husband Nick and their dog Satie.