Jon is an experienced sailor, with over 35 years of blue water sailing under his belt. After sailing small sailboats on the Great Lakes around Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota, Jon and a couple of friends bought a Catalina 22′ sloop and sailed it on Lake Erie on weekends and after work. Their sailing adventures took them from Toledo to Port Clinton, Put In Bay and Canada, and included many exciting brushes with the infamous storms that appear out of nowhere on Lake Erie! Many summer evenings were spent aboard the “Wanda June” with lots of friends and tons of fun! These are sails I will never forget…they were the beginning of many fabulous years of sailing with Captain Jon.
Later, Jon and a partner purchased a 34′ World Cruiser, which was made in Taiwan and commissioned in Long Beach, California. Over the course of several months, they sailed the Southern California coastline and the Baja Peninsula. They spent a couple of months in the outer harbor of Cabo San Lucas, feasting on fresh marlin steaks (donated by Americans who could not take their huge catch home on the plane that afternoon), and enjoying the comraderie of the sailing community.
After that came many years of sailing the Southern coast of California, from the ports of San Diego, Long Beach, Marina del Rey, and Newport Beach. Captain Jon and friends have spent countless wonderful hours sailing into Dana Point, Mission Bay, Avalon, Two Harbors, and los Coronados.
I’ve been sailing with hubby Captain Jon for 32 years. Our first sail together was also our first date! We started out on Lake Erie on his Catalina 22 and have since sailed the Caribbean, the Sea of Cortez, the Pacific off the coast of Southern California and Baja California Sur. I am wife, friend, first mate, galley slave and travel arranger for Sailsoutherncal. Side by side, Jon and I have faced artillery attacks, violent storms, burning vessels, beautiful sunsets and warm breezes…literally the good, the bad and the ugly! But that’s what has made it all so exciting. I can’t imagine life without sailing. Jon shares this passion and is completely responsible for my love of life aboard a sailboat. Planning our next adventure is almost as much fun as the actual trip itself !
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