At the age of 8, I had my first solo sail on a Sunfish which was all it took to hook me on boating. I just loved the freedom of heading out on the water. I raced dinghies and larger boats in Junior Sailing programs, and worked summers as a sailing instructor in high school and college. I became very familiar with power boats too—using them to coach beginning sailors and racers, going to racing venues, and getting out on the water when there was no wind!
Later on, I crewed on and have owned 30-foot keel boats for weekend day-races, then raced larger ocean-going sailboats for a variety of events, including two Marion-Bermuda and seven Newport-Bermuda Races. In 2019, I crewed in the Newport, RI-Cowes, UK, Transatlantic Race covering 3,000 miles in 17 days. I’ve completed numerous return voyages from Bermuda and boat deliveries from Maine to Long Island Sound and up to Nova Scotia. In the late 1980s I found a new cruising and racing mate and married her. When our kids came along, we bought a cruising sailboat and a center console powerboat to enjoy with the family.
After certification as a U.S. Coast Guard Captain, I skippered classic powerboats for a business that takes people on cruises around Long Island Sound and New York Harbor, logging more than 140 outings over two years. This inspired me to launch Seabird Cruises.
Our mission is to provide a fun and safe way to get people out on the water, cruising from Old Saybrook, CT, to beautiful destinations up the Connecticut River, across Long Island Sound, and a bit farther for those with more time. I’m also a nature, geography, and history buff, and love helping others appreciate our region’s ecology, ornithology, and role in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.