Charles-Etienne Devanneaux

FOUNDER

Sailor since he was born and racer since kid. Charly graduated from the Executive Education at UCLA in 2009 after many years as Managing a leading company in the Marine Industry in Europe.  Charly loves to optimize his racing boats and share his experience with cruisers.

He will stop everyday at his boats to say ”hello baby”. He won the Newport-Cabo race in 2011 and finished 2nd on Transpac 2011 on the Beneteau First40. He won the double-handed division on the Pacific Cup (San Francisco – Hawaii) on the Beneteau First 30 in 2012 and later twice second in 2014 and 2016.

On a catamaran, Charly and his crew finished 3rd in Class and first boat to finish without using the engine on the Lagoon 400 ”NAOS400” in the ARC 2012 across the Atlantic Ocean. In 2016, he finished again third in ARC 2016 on the Lagoon 42 ''Level 42''.

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Anne-Cecile Devanneaux

CFO and Founder

Anne-Cecile has 20 years of experience working for Japanese and American with special expertise in finance, supply chain management and procurement. She started to sail with her husband and she is enjoying cruising on the family catamaran ''Clapotis''. 

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Phillip Winter

PRESIDENT

Phillip was raised plying the waters of Southern California. Having captained charter yachts in S. California, Hawaii, Tahiti, Mediterranean and Caribbean, he is able to assist clients to look closely at the finest detail to choose the right boat. His racing career culminated with the 1992 America’s Cup with the French Syndicate and with 17 years overseas, Phillip is willing to assist in French, Spanish or English.

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Gunnar Swanson

SALES

Gunnar grew up in a sailing family in Southern California. His grandfather sailed in the merchant marine and his father was a collegiate sailor. Next to enjoying sailing with his family, Gunnar loves nothing more than introducing new people to the sailing life. Ask about his second favorite hobby, making nautical leashes for man’s best friend.

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Greg Farah

SALES - CHANNEL ISLANDS OFFICE

Greg has been on the water and around boats since the age of 5, owning a variety of power and sailboats. After 30 years in healthcare marketing and business development, he began his second career in the marina industry joining H+S yacht sales in 2005. Greg has direct, on the water experience, in over 80 different boats. He has cruised and raced extensively and is ready to put his knowledge to work for his clients.

Greg is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Master and an ASA certified keel boat instructor.

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John Nelson

CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER

John grew up in Las Vegas and relocated to southern California to attend UCLA. His varied background includes software application development and sales, motion picture and television production, and he has published one crime novel and is finishing up a second. He came to sailing later in life and is a US Sailing certified Small Boat Sailing Instructor who taught beginning and advanced dinghy sailing at UCLA's aquatic facility for more than a decade. At NAOS Yachts, John interfaces with clients and our service personnel to ensure that warranty and service requests are successfully completed in a timely manner.

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Dave Brotherton

SALES and CHARTER & SAILING SCHOOL MANAGER

Sailing is my passion and has been my work for close to 20 years as a full time charter boat captain, sailing instructor and delivery skipper. I am an ocean enthusiast, boat owner, traveler, and outdoorsman.

I have sailed many oceans with many enthustistic passengers on the way. I feel lucky to have the best job in the world.

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Mike Stevens

SALES - HAWAII OFFICE

Mike has a lifelong love of the sea, a Licensed Captain, he purchased his first sailing dinghy in 1963, and has owned a series of cruising boats ever since. Mike’s racing career runs the gamut from big time racing in the SORC circuit through regular Wednesday night club racing, where he finds great camaraderie. He has crossed the Atlantic 4 times in both monohulls and catamarans. Recently he moved with his wife to Oahu and has joined the Naos team. He is particularly excited to rejoin Group Beneteau, finding in the Sense line the pleasure of monohull sailing combined with the modern lifestyle of cruising catamarans.

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Paul Devanneaux

SEA TRIAL MANAGER

Paul started to sail a week after he was born... he does all seatrial with customers to explain how to use an electric winch or turn the wheel to port or starboard. He can show you how to build a boat with a Lego or Playmobil when you stop at the office on Saturday.

Mark Abel

LEAD ASA INSTRUCTOR & SALES

Thanks to his parents, Southern California native Mark Abel, literally began boating before walking!

His yachting experience includes delivering yachts from coast to coast, including trips through the Panama Canal, several trips up and down the West Coast of the US and across the Pacific. Like most Southern California sailors, Mark has a special affinity for the Newport to Ensenada race.  This time aboard a diverse range of cruising and racing yachts helps him work with clients by bringing a lifetime of sailing experience to Naos Yachts.

He can help you find the perfect boat and teach you how to sail her too!