Jim Bailey / California Yacht Brokerage Specialist

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  • home town Los Angeles, CA
  • first boat Santana 22
  • First job Sailing Instructor
  • favorite boat music Beach Boys
  • Favorite boat show Fort Lauderdale


Jim Bailey was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, where he attended Loyola High School and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1979 with a degree in public administration.

Jim learned to sail on his parents' Kettenberg 40 sailboat in the late 1960s and sailed out of California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey until the late '70s. He continued his sailing in high school, when he founded the Loyola High School Sailing Team in his senior year. Jim sailed in college for USC as well as rowed for the USC Crew Team and was a sailing instructor at California Yacht Club and Head Instructor at Lido Isle Yacht Club in Newport Beach in 1978 and 1979.

He joined Newport Harbor Yacht Club as a Skipper Member in 1981 and represented the Club in the MORC Internationals, Newport to Cabo San Lucas Race, PHRF Championships and numerous local regattas. He also sat on the Club’s Yacht Racing Council for three years and was the General Chairman of the Ahmanson Cup for three years and was also General Chairman of the 1991 Junior Sabot Nationals.

Jim started Excel Yachts in 1991 with the goal of taking his sailing to a professional level. In 1994, Excel Yachts developed the Excel 53 Persuasion, which was an Alan Andrews designed 53 foot high IMS oriented performance sailboat that made its debut in the 1993 Newport to Cabo San Lucas Yacht Race, winning Class A and soon following that with being the 2nd Boat to Finish Overall and First Overall in Class B in the 1993 Transpac Race.

One year later, Jim and Excel teamed up again with Alan Andrews and built Excel’s Growler, an ILC 40 Class race boat that went to Hawaii and became part of the historic USA Red Team that won the 1994 Kenwood Cup with Growler as the high point boat. It was the first time that a U.S. team had won the Kenwood Cup in over 20 years.

In 1995, Jim was asked to conduct a study on campaigning a Whitbread 60 for the 1997-1998 Whitbread Round the World Race. A six-month study ensued that identified the components necessary to put together such a program. Through his efforts, a Newport Beach-based Whitbread entry arose called America’s Challenge with Jim as the Boat Project Manager.

Jim’s ultimate dream was always to be involved in an America’s Cup program, and in the spring of 1997 he approached the Waikiki Yacht Club with the idea of putting together a challenge for America’s Cup 2000 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Aloha Racing was born from that dream, and in December of ‘97 Aloha Racing became an official challenger for the 2000 America’s Cup, which ultimately saw Aloha building two IACC boats, USA 50 and USA 54. Aloha Racing’s Abracadabra (USA 54) was eliminated in the America’s Cup challenger elimination series in 2000.

Jim and his wife Madelyn have six children who have all sailed and raced under the Lido Isle Yacht Club burgee in Newport Beach, where Jim is a Staff Commodore and spends time on the water running races for the LIYC Sailing Program. Jim is excited to join the team at Denison Yacht Sales in Newport Beach, CA and looks forward to working with clients who are looking to expand their horizons on the water, be it sail or power.

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