Jon and Shawna began sailing fairly late in life – in Connecticut in 1997. While we had both sailed before then on small boats while living in Texas, we took the plunge in 1998 and bought a 1979 Mariner sloop named Moondrifter. We sailed all over Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound before moving to Marblehead, Massachusetts in 2000. From there we sailed all over Massachusetts Bay, Buzzards Bay, and Vineyard Sound. As members of the Boston Yacht Club, we began Wednesday night PHRF racing, eventually joining the BYC Race Committee.
For info on Jon’s career background, you can check out his LinkedIn page. Most of Jon’s career was spent in the telecom and information technology fields. His technical expertise is high-end network architecture and design, mostly TCP/IP. You can find Shawna on LinkedIn as well. Shawna is a Project Manager overseeing enterprise software implementations, usually in the Human Resources area.
We really took the cruising plunge in 2006 when we bought Beausoleil in Annapolis, MD. After a two-year refit, we set out in September 2008 to cruise the East Coast of the US, while still doing consulting work for our employers, as well as some independent gigs. After spending time cruising the East Coast and the Bahamas, we set out to spend a couple of years in the Caribbean.
We returned to the US in 2013 and resumed our careers. We live in Potomac Shores in Dumfries, Virginia.