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We're your Key to the Monterey Bay and beyond


From youth sailing challenges to long-range voyaging, we’ve created a platform from which to weave your next Santa Cruz sailing adventure.

Nomad Charters is a sailing charter company, owned and operated by Brian and Megan Thom, in Santa Cruz, California. Since its inception, our company’s focus has been adventure, wildlife, and at-risk youth sailing challenges. Over a decade later, the focus remains strong.

Stay aboard for the night and sail by day, all the way from pleasure sunset cruises to full-on offshore sailing instruction. We will cater to your desired level of adventure; from two hours on the bay to an expedition; catching fish to catching multiple whale sightings. We work with you to make your time aboard as memorable and valuable as you can imagine it.

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Brian Thom

I’m Captain Thom,

I want to share my passion for the seas with you. I’m a USCG licensed captain. My license is a 100 Ton Masters with Sailing Endorsement. I am a teacher both on the water and off. On the water I teach people boating skills that fit their level of interest and passion. Off the water I hold a CA Secondary Teaching Certificate and a Master in Education. My 10 years in classroom teaching was spent with alternative high school students. Whenever I could, I integrated hands-on building programs into their curriculum.

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Captain Krista

Krista is a Santa Cruz native who grew up on and around sailboats. She has an international mate’s certificate and has spent several years as crew aboard tall ships, with destinations such as the Antarctic, Canary Islands, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, etc.  Remember to ask her about her adventures, next time you are aboard.
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Captain Helen

Helen grew up in Santa Cruz and has spent her whole life on or around the ocean. She has a degree in Environmental Science from UC Santa Barbara and has spent many years as an educator and naturalist on and off the water. Helen has a wealth of knowledge about marine life and ecosystems.