We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark Strube and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Funny how risk plays such an important role in everything we do. Sometimes, there can be a bigger risk from doing nothing.
My professional career started as a stock broker, but my passion was always sailing. One day, my managing broker asked me, “do you want to be a stock broker or a sailor.” after asking if I could have another few days off for a regatta. It was risky for me to leave a solid job in an industry that had a lot of upside potential, but it would have risked my happiness if I didn’t pursue my dreams.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently I’m wearing many hats. Professional sailing, as in racing sailboats for various teams, Yacht Captain for an America’s Cup charter boat company, (sailusa11.com), as well as Captain for a privately owned 2000 generation America’s Cup boat. Studio manager at REV Studio in San Diego (www.revstudiosd.com) which is a photo/video studio, and President of Crew Union, which is an apparel company that also sells a marine accessory called the Cleat Slider, a part I invented a few years ago.
I would not be doing all these things without my partner, Lynne. She’s helped me more than she will ever know.
To me, the best way to overcome challenges is to prepare properly and plan. If the plan diverts, don’t give up. There is always an end result you’re looking for. Whether it is winning a race or making sure a boat delivery goes well with no damage or injury. Insuring the client in the studio was satisfied with the facility and staff to spreading the word on Crew Union to sell gear and spread the word about my Cleat Slider invention.
Crew Union for me started as a brotherhood amongst the Star sailboat crews. It’s not a large group but it’s a significant one.
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot more with my ears open and mouth shut.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego is America’s Finest City. For 1/2 day to full day trips, check out the Midway Museum which is a historical naval aircraft carrier. Walk around Balboa Park. Spend a day at the Zoo. You will for sure get your 10,000 steps in. The Zoo even has an escalator. Take a kayak tour in La Jolla and see the caves and lemon sharks right off the beach. If it was my best friend, I would take them out on the water in Mission Bay or San Diego Bay on my boat.
Eating spots include Catania in La Jolla, Rocky’s Crown Pub in Mission Bay, Bali Hai for a Sunday Brunch on Shelter Island, Fiddler’s Green in Point Loma.
Take a walk in La Jolla by the Children’s pool to see the seals and sea lions Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Besides Parents and my partner Lynne, A big Thank You Mike Blackwood, Bob Sabinash and South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee WI, My first impressionable sailing instructors.
They were instrumental to my professional sailing career. They made the lessons fun and challenging, making me want to come back for more. Eventually, I became an assistant instructor on the days the beginners and intermediate kids came in.
I remember the famous watermelon races. Something I always looked forward to. The rules were… there were no rules. Kidding. no drowning anyone or intentionally hurting someone. We took the masts out of our Flying Junior sailboats and the instructors would place greased watermelons around the docks and moorings. We had to paddle the small sailboats around locate and load them in our boat. The team that brought the most in won. Lots of swimming, capsizing of boats and stealing watermelon when the boats tipped over.
One technique I had was to push the watermelon down but in front of you so it never surfaced. They are like icebergs. Less than 10% is above water. Good times.