Our Team

Ralf Steitz

Ralf Steitz


Ralf brings to the foundation his 15 years professional experience as director of offshore sailing activities at US Merchant Marine Academy, and a combination of over 40 years of combined sailing and boat handling experience. He is active and well known throughout the sailing world, having participated in such events as the America’s Cup, Transatlantic/Transpacific ocean races, Maxi worlds, Farr 40 Worlds.

He brings the same passion that made him a great sailor to the teaching and training of people of all ages about sailing and seamanship. Ralf has always been a strong supporter of the sailing foundation, and has been actively involved with the program since its creation in 1995.

Ralf is also active as a member on the Safety at Sea Committee for the Storm Trysail Club in Larchmont, member of US Sailing and Storm Trysail Club. Ralf has been the recipient of numerous awards for his efforts to promote the sport of sailing including the OWEN C. TORREY award for outstanding service, Timothea LARR award for his lifelong contribution towards the advancement of sailor education, training, and safety.

Mobile: 516.423.6422

Office: 516.204.7860


Skype: rsteitz.usmmasf

Ben Poucher

Ben Poucher

USMMA Sailing Foundation Assistant Director & Director of The Warrior Sailing Program

Ben Poucher currently works as the Warrior Sailing Program’s director and as the assistant director of the USMMA Sailing Foundation. His role within the not-for-profit foundation is vessel acquisition and program management. Ben Poucher brings a decade of experience from the marine industry; professional racing program management, professional level racing, private yacht management, and coaching Paralympic campaigns. Ben worked extensively with boat modifications and coaching throughout his eight years working with disabled sailors. Originally from Michigan, Ben graduated from the College of Charleston in 2005, and now resides in Tavernier, FL.

Larry Larsen


Larry Larsen brings 40+ years of CPA experience to the Sailing Foundation.  He manages all of the financial records.  Larry has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining the foundation’s perfect track record of transactions since the foundation’s creation.  Contact Larry with any questions regarding financial recording and specific financial donation questions.  larry@usmmasailing.org