Bob Ross has been in the recreation industry his whole life and in the Marine industry for over 35 years. Bob is the owner of Sail Northwest, the local dealer for J/Boats, MJM Yachts and a sail and powerboat brokerage. In 2002, Bob bought the Seattle Sailing Club. At the time the club had 90 members offering unlimited day-sailing and teaching as many as 150 sailing lessons per year. Today the Seattle Sailing Club has over 350 members and gives 800 sailing lessons per year.
His involvement in the boating community is evident by currently serving on the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association Sailboat Committee and in addition to serving as past treasurer of NBYA he has served on the Board of Directors of NYBA and Corinthian YC of Seattle.
In 1984 Yachting Magazine cancelled Whidbey Island Race Week, one of the top ten regattas in the US and the premier NW sailing event. Bob thought it important to the sailing community to keep the event alive and with a partner he started Northwest Marine Productions and saw its successful production through its 25th anniversary. Today Bob’s companies Sail Northwest and Seattle Sailing Club are still involved sponsors.
Bob Ross first became involved with Discover Sailing 1998 at the Seattle Boats Afloat Boat Show. Since then, Bob has provided space, boats and people to run the program. Bob has worked hard to not only keep Discover Sailing a major feature of Boats Afloat, but has expanded the program to include seminars and on-the-water skill building classes.
Being the J/Boats representative in the Northwest for more than 30 years he has catered to all performance oriented sailors. Not only does he sell boats but his involvement in the sailing community is one we all benefit from. From saving Whidbey Island Race Week to starting J/Fest NW, a 25 years run, the Sail Sand Point Benefit Regatta and the Shilshole Friday Night Sail Fest and now teaching adults the joy of sailing Bob has always been at the forefront of the NW sailing scene.