President - Phillip Berman

Phillip Berman is the president of 5 Oceans Marine Group and a lifetime sailor and racer. He grew up racing Hobie Cats in California in the late 1960's and published his first book on catamaran racing at the age of seventeen. Called MULTIHULL RACING THE HOBIE CATS, it was published by Sea Publications, NY in 1975. He went on to write many more books on the subject including the best-selling catamaran training manual of all time, CATAMARAN SAILING FROM START TO FINISH (W. W. Norton, NY, 1982.). He also wrote WINNING IN CATAMARANS (Wind Publications, 1979), PERFORMANCE WINDSURFING (with Mike Waltz, W.W. Norton, 1984), as well as the Hobie 14 and Hobie 18 Performance Manuals (Murray’s Marine, 1984). He has been a regular contributor of articles over the years to Sail Magazine, Cruising World, and a wide range of yachting publications around the world.

While a graduate student at Harvard, where he took his master’s degree in the History of Religion, he represented the U.S. in numerous international sailing races and was the Hobie Cat World Champion in 1979 and 1980. In addition to racing small catamarans, he has raced and cruised much larger multihulls all over the world, including his own 41-foot offshore racing catamaran, Spectris, and, more recently, his own custom Farrier 44 catamaran, Wake Up. Phil has raced or voyaged in the Philippines, Thailand, French Polynesia, up and down the Caribbean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Swedish and Finnish Archipelagos. He has also sailed extensively up and down the Eastern Seaboard, throughout the Bahamas, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Singapore.

What many customers don't know is that for many years Phil wrote several books on philosophy including THE COURAGE OF CONVICTION (Ballantine, 1986) which was nominated for the Kennedy Book Award and THE SEARCH FOR MEANING (Ballantine, 1990) which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction. Most recently, he co-wrote The New York Times Bestseller, REASON FOR HOPE (Warner Books, 1999), with Dr. Jane Goodall. He spent time with Dr. Goodall in Tanzania and from that experience co-produced a widely acclaimed PBS documentary. He has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and numerous news broadcasts among others. Phil’s interest in beliefs and values has been a lifelong passion and has colored his entire approach to the development of his business model at 5 Oceans Marine Group.

In addition to his passion for sailing, Phil is an avid triathlete and participates regularly in Olympic distance triathlons throughout America, where he is a nationally ranked athlete in the 55 to 59 year old racing group. Phil is married to 5 Oceans Chief Financial Officer, Anne Gordon.

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