Sailing is a substantial part of Matt Brooks’ San Francisco area resume. He began sailing at an early age in Monterey Bay in his native California. His first race was on San Francisco Bay with his first yacht, Quarter Pounder. He was the owner and skipper of the Quarter Pounder, a 1/4 Class racing sloop, from 1974 to 1989. He also took command of a Coronado 25 Sloop called Way To Go from 1983 to 1985. In 2010, he was responsible for the purchase and restoration of the 82 year old yacht, Dorade, and most recently he has restored and raced America’ Cup 1958 winner Briggs Cunningham’s Classic 6 Metre racing yacht, Lucie
During his 50 years of sailing, Brooks has amassed several important qualifications and experiences. In just the past two years, Brooks has won two world championships and a European Championship in sailing. He belongs to yacht clubs such as the St. Francis in San Francisco, the New York Yacht Club in New York City and the Antigua Yacht Club in Antigua. He has been a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club since 1976.
Recently, Brooks has taken to restoring old sailing yachts. While his restoration of the 82 year old Dorade was perhaps his most ambitious, his most successful restoration has to be the yacht Lucie. She was designed in 1930 by Clinton Crane and the only one of his designs to stay in competition after World War II. Brooks restored Lucie in 2011 and went on to win the 2011 6 Meter World Cup in Finland. In 2012, the boat went on to win the European 6 Meter Championship. Brooks was responsible for the crew, equipment and making sure the boat was able to pass all regulations and requirements.
Brooks is a San Leandro, California native who spent much of his early years sailing before taking up the other outdoor sports he is well known for. Matt Brooks, the San Francisco area adventurer, is an accomplished mountaineer and international mountain guide who runs a small company providing top quality equipment. He is also a capable aviator and has achieved several world aviation records, most notable is his record setting Around the World flight.