Take a Look at Our Crew

Experience Matters and Our Amazing Crew Has It.
Kenny Kieding

Kenny Kieding

Owner and Broker

Raised in Santa Barbara, Kenny has been sailing since he was three years old.  His first experience on the water was with his father, crewing on a Geary 18. Later he raced his own 8′ Sea Shell dinghy (similar to a Sabot) and then made the jump to racing Lasers. At that time he was one of the top 10 picks on the West Coast to train for a week in Lasers at the Squaw Valley Olympic Training Center.

He is a 3rd generation Santa Barbara Yacht Club member. His grandfather, Ray Kieding, was the founder of the Santa Barbara Sea Shell fleet, and Kenny spent numerous summers coaching members of the Santa Barbara Youth Foundation.

Kenny is President and Owner of The Chandlery Yacht Sales. He actively coaches clients in all aspects of sailboat ownership, including cruising, racing, yacht maintenance and upkeep. He is frequently hired to optimize racing boats to achieve their maximum performance within any given class.

In his free time, he enjoys tinkering with his Bertram 31, racing various high-performance sailboats with friends, and being with his family and his beloved lab, Tilly the Harbor Dog. Kenny can be contacted at kkieding@chandlery.com.

John Gill

John Gill


John grew up in Cleveland, Ohio sailing on the Great Lakes. An early memory was hearing the ferry boat horns on the island where his family and he summered, then riding his bike down to the docks to help the old-timers catch the dock lines. His love for the water has never waned.

After completing degrees in geography and environmental science from UC Santa Barbara, John bought a small sailboat and spent two years sailing down the Pacific coast of central and South America. Since then he has captained and crewed on both power and sail vessels ranging from his 8’ sabot to 143-meter research ships. His love of travel by boat and as a delivery captain has brought him too far off ports in Polynesia, Africa, and the entire west coast of North America. John enjoys spending time with his family, playing music with friends, playing in the ocean and…sailing!

John can be contacted at jgill@chandlery.com.

Krista Kieding

Krista Kieding

Co-Owner & Operations Manager

Krista Kieding grew up in Kansas which, remarkably, did not deter her parents from owning and sailing a 16-foot Hobie Cat….albeit on a lake!

Krista made a move from Kansas to California to attend college and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology — something she sometimes finds useful in the negotiation phases of the yacht brokerage business. She now brings over 30 years of financial, marketing, customer service, and project management experience to Chandlery Yacht Sales and loves to ensure her clients’ boat buying experience is efficient and enjoyable.

Outside of work, Krista enjoys running, reading, hiking, and anything having to do with the ocean. She and Kenny have been married for over 23 years and have two daughters, Paige and Carly. They are delighted to call Santa Barbara home and enjoy all the community has to offer.

Krista can be reached at – krista@chandlery.com

Bob Kieding

Bob Kieding

Advisor and Master Yachtsman

Bob has been a lifelong sailor. He began with racing eight-foot prams at age nine and then on to various one-design and offshore yachts in competition in different countries as well as the U.S. He started working on yachts as a young teenager and went on to become a professional skipper at age 18 and during college at UCSB. In 1977, Bob purchased Santa Barbara’s major ship’s chandlery and went on to found several other retail businesses on the Santa Barbara waterfront. Also, Bob has been involved in many community activities through the years, including:

  • President of the Santa Barbara Youth Foundation,
  • President of the Santa Barbara Youth Foundation, Chairman of the Junior Rowing Program for the 1984 Olympics.
  • Chairman of the Junior Rowing Program for the 1984 Olympics.Trustee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
  • Trustee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.President of the Santa Barbara Semana Nautica Summer Sports Festival.
  • President of the Santa Barbara Semana Nautica Summer Sports Festival.Primary founder of the Santa Barbara’s popular Maritime Museum.
  • Author of Several Books on Santa Barbara Nautical History
  • Columnist for Santa Barbara News Press
  • Primary founder of the Santa Barbara’s popular Maritime Museum.

Bob is now retired but still very active with hiking, woodworking, and spending time with family and friends.

Bill Bench

Bill Bench


Bill first started sailing with his father on their “snowbird” at 10 years old. Although his Dad didn’t know how to sail, they both watched other sailors until they got the hang of it.

Bill moved to Santa Barbara in late 1971 and discovered a renewed love of sailing. He crewed on the charter vessel the “Swift of Ipswich” and later became 1st mate under Captain Herb Underwood. After graduating from SBCC in 1973 he was accepted at UCSB and was asked by Emerson Smith to assist in teaching the sailing classes. Bill taught sailing for multiple quarters. Some of Bill’s sailing/racing experience includes:

  • Trans-Pac ’75 LA to Honolulu
  • Trans-Pac ’75 Honolulu to Okinawa
  • Trans- Pac ’77
  • Trans-Pac ’79
  • Trans-Pac ’81
  • Royal Hawaiian Cup “Round the State Race”
  • Pan-Am Clipper Cup ’80, ’82
  • MDR to Puerto Vallarta ’77, ’79
  • Manzanillo Race
  • Mex ORC

Bill has also delivered multiple boats, both power and sail, to Hawaii, Mexico and various places on the west coast.

An entrepreneurial spirit overcame him in ’83 and he decided to open a sailing school and charter company in Long Beach teaching beginning, intermediate, advanced, cruising and navigation classes as well as racing technique and theory culminating in racing as crew in the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race.

Many of Bill’s students have gone on to purchase racing and cruising boats. Some have sailed all over the world. As you can tell, Bill brings vast knowledge to our clients, enabling them to achieve their wildest dreams.

Bill can be reached at billybench101@gmail.com.

Brian Green

Brian Green


Brian Green is a native Santa Barbarian, graduate of Santa Barbara High School, and life-long sportsman, surfer, racing and cruising sailor.

Brian owns several powerboats and two racing sailboats at the moment. He is the 2013 Fleet Champ of the PHRF fleet in a J-22 “Miss Behavin.” Brian’s wife is equally successful in a Harbor 20, “Picante.”

Brian’s expertise in boats and the Santa Barbara Channel will help you enjoy your boating time in Santa Barbara for sure.

If you would like to contact Brian directly, his email is 2cbgreen@cox.net.

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