O'Neill Yacht Charters has been serving the sailing community since 1965. All of our skippers have extensive sailing backgrounds and are all licensed by the United States Coast Guard. In addition our skippers have trans-Pacific sailing experience and have extensive knowledge of the local waters.
Tim O'Neill, Captain
Tim O’Neill has been a surfer and sailor for most of his life, learning to surf and sail at age five. Tim graduated from Soquel High School, and worked at the O’Neill surf shop both during and after his years at Soquel High. Tim started running the original Team O’Neill catamaran when it was launched in 1983. He received his 100 ton skipper’s license in 1992. Tim also serves as President of Team O’Neill and is in charge of the O’Neill fleet. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife Lisa, sons Riley and Connor, and daughter Bridget.
Mike Egan, Captain
Mike Egan holds a 100 ton Coast Guard master’s license and has been with O’Neill’s for nearly 30 years. He has an extensive sailboat racing background and has been involved in the yacht business his entire adult life. He is happily married to wife Jill and has a son, Zach, and daughter, Ashley. In his free time, Mike enjoys Spartan racing, trail running, and sailing his own boat.
Steve Spiliotopoulos, Captain
Steve Spiliotopoulos began working as a deckhand in Santa Barbara in 1993 aboard a dive boat that made regular multi-day trips to the Channel Islands. Working and diving among the Channel Islands allowed him to acquire many skills and knowledge of boats and the marine environment. When he moved back to Santa Cruz in 2000, Steve began working for the O’Neill family. As a store manager in the Santa Cruz Harbor he was able to get to know Tim and Mike and shortly thereafter began working on the catamaran. He has been with Team O’Neill since 2002, holding the position of Senior Deckhand until he was promoted to Captain in 2021 after earning his 50 ton skipper’s license and putting in years of training.