Charles-Etienne Devanneaux

FOUNDER

Born into a sailing family, Charly has effectively been a sailor his entire life. He was a passionate racer in his youth and still is. It seems nothing much has changed in that department except, perhaps, the distance traveled. Charly loves offshore racing and has the hardware to prove it. In 2011, he won the Newport-Cabo Race and in the same year finished second in Transpac on the Beneteau First 40. The following year Charly won the double-handed division of the Pacific Cup (San Francisco to Hawaii) on a Beneteau First 30 and in two subsequent editions came in second both times. Charly has also crossed oceans and posted podium finishes on catamarans; finishing first in the ARC 2012 across the Atlantic and then taking third place in the 2016 edition of the race in a Lagoon 400 and Lagoon 42 respectively. This passionate sailor has tens of thousands of nautical miles logged, yet he is no less thrilled to be sailing whenever he can. In 2019, he will be back on the start line of TransPac sailing his foiling Beneteau Figaro 3 across the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles to Hawaii and there are more events scheduled after that. Charly was formerly a manager in the marine division of Yamaha Motor Europe and is also a UCLA grad in Executive Education.  

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Anne-Cecile Devanneaux

CFO

After 20-years of working in the world of finance for Japanese and American companies, Anne-Cécile Devanneaux has found her way into the world of sailing and is loving it. While husband Charly sails the globe, Anne-Cécile makes certain the business elements on shore are operating as fluidly and seamlessly as they should. While she may not be regularly on the foredeck wrangling a giant spin while rounding a mark, she does enjoy cruising on the family catamaran, Clapotis, a well appointed Lagoon 450.

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Phillip Winter

NAOS SAIL - GENERAL MANAGER / LAGOON BRAND AMBASSADOR

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more qualified person than Phillip Winter to lead a yachting company; he bleeds salt water. The native Californian has been traversing the waters of SoCal since he was a kid and has since sailed all over the world, including Hawaii, Tahiti, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Most notably he worked with the French Syndicate in the 1992 America’s Cup, but Phillip has been involved in countless high profile regattas and events through his many years in the yachting industry. He is a licensed captain who continues to be an avid offshore sailor and occasional racer. Phillip is also fluent in three languages, making him the ideal conduit for international transactions and communications.

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Cyprien Poulain

MARKETING MANAGER

Born in France, raised in California, Cyprien brings the energy of youth and a multicultural perspective to the Naos fabric. With a bachelor's degree in business and master's degree in art direction, he sees the world of boating and the ocean as a perfect and inspiring arena to apply all he has learned. Although he didn’t have an enormous amount of sailing experience before starting his tenure at Naos, he has now decidedly caught “the bug.” Fortunately for Cyp, there happens to be a vast array of beautiful boats all around for him to conduct what he keeps calling “marketing research.”

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Gunnar Swanson

BENETEAU BRAND AMBASSADOR

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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Russ Carrington

NAOS POWER - GENERAL MANAGER

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Vadim Mantelzak

SAILTIME BASE MANAGER / SAILING SCHOOL

Vadim has been sailing for the last 10 years, but when you add up his hours on the water it’s probably more than most people have sailed in their entire lives . He’s as comfortable on a laser as he is on a TP52 -  as long as he’s sailing, he’s a happy man. He has mostly sailed the California coast, on down to Mexico, and like most of the Naos staff, he sees sailing as a way of life more than a job. Fortunately for Vadim, he is able to sail every day for a living. And fortunately for Naos, Vadim loves teaching as much as he loves to sail. He’s happy to patiently pass on the vast knowledge he has with the satisfaction that another person might well enjoy the sport as much as he does.  

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Greg Farah

SALES 

Greg has been involved with sailing, to some degree, for the better part of 50-years. He’s been sailing and around the water since he was five and loves it every bit as much as he did as a boy. After a 30-year career in the business world he began his second career as a knowledgeable and passionate boat broker. At this point, Greg has direct, on the water experience, with over 80 different boats. He is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Master, an ASA certified keelboat instructor and continues to actively race and cruise whenever he gets the chance. He has answers to your questions...  

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John Nelson

CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER

When John isn’t writing crime novels, he is the go-to, very efficient customer service manager at the Naos office. He has a varied background including motion picture and television production, but mostly spends his days making sure customers have everything they need to sail their new boats without a hitch. Nelson 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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Mike Stevens

SALES - HAWAII OFFICE

A licensed captain, and a lifelong sailor Mike purchased his first sailing dinghy in 1963, and has owned a series of cruising boats ever since. Although he loves cruising as much as anyone, he’s also been involved in high-level racing in the SORC circuit and is a regular in the local Wednesday night beer-can races. Stevens is also an experienced offshore sailor who has crossed the Atlantic four times in both monohulls and catamarans. Today, Mike is one of our most knowledgeable yacht salesmen at the Naos office in Oahu, Hawaii.

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Paul Devanneaux

SEA TRIAL MANAGER

Paul started to sail a week after he was born... If his schedule allows he does all customer seatrials explaining to them how to use an electric winch or turn the wheel to port or starboard. If there’s time and he’s in the mood, he can also demonstrate how to build a boat with a Lego or Playmobil.  Paul is usually in the office on Saturdays but he’s a busy man so he takes no scheduled meetings.