Sailing runs in my family, and I am a bona fide son of a son of a sailor. As I was growing up my dad owned a small boat repair service for many years, and I spent numerous summers as a kid helping him rebuild small outboard motors. This was how I paid for my first week long sailing adventure in the Bahamas at the age of 13. Before I was born he was a professional sailor for a number of years, with two single handed trans-Atlantic crossings under his belt. I started off sailing the lakes of Indiana where I grew up with him, and spent countless days scouring every inch of water I could get my 14′ Starcraft Skylark sailboat to. As I got older, I also spent allot of time water skiing, spending nearly an entire summer during college at the family lake house skiing practically every day after coming home from my Internship.
More recently I have been making a habit out of getting down to the tropics for a couple of weeks of sailing around new years. Trips have included 2 1/2 weeks of sailing in the BVI in 2006, 2 1/2 weeks sailing around Puerto Rico in 2007 and 2 weeks sailing a bareboat charter around the BVI in 2009, And one week on a bareboat charter in the BVI in 2010, as well as an interesting 2 day trip in Puerto Rico in 2013 that resulted in sailing off the anchor and then 15nm upwind back to the mooring. In addition to these I have started doing the occasional delivery, and racing on Wed nights, previously with the Norwalk Yacht Club and now on a Beneteau 36.7 with Cedar Point Yacht Club. Additionally I did BIRW on a J/109 in 2012, and plan to be back again for 2013.
My first spring after moving out to the east coast I bought a 27′ Hunter sailboat and for the 2010 summer season went half on a 22′ SportCraft fishing boat with my good friend and roommate Dan. Needles to say, I go out on Long Island Sound every chance I get.