Born in Miami, Florida in 1961 my family moved to Bermuda when I was 3 where my father domiciled the international sales office of the family's business. My father, a lifelong Snipe sailor and Cuban National Champion before being exiled, was a passionate sailor and wanted his kids to share the passion. To that end he started the Optimist Pram class in Bermuda and helped my older brother and I build the first boats KB 1 and mine KB 2. By age seven I was sailing competitively. Prams evolved to Snipes in which I was thrilled to represent Bermuda at two Snipe Western Hemisphere Championships as Bermuda Natl. Champion Runner Up, in Porto Portugal 1983 and San Bernardino, Paraguay 1984, and as Bermuda National Champion at the Snipe World Championships held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1985.
Snipes evolved into having a Nautor’s Swan 46 built to fulfill a dream to sail around the world alone. Immediately upon delivery my planned shake down “cruise” was the 1987 Marion To Bermuda Cruising Race. We motored her for the first time from Newport to Marion 24 hrs before the start and the sails were delivered two hours before the race started. The crew and boat proved to be up to the task as literally out of the gate we broke the standing transit record, Third across the finish line, First Bermuda Boat, First In Class A, and Second Overall. Great Memories… The around the world dream was modified 1987. A couple of weeks after the race I married the girl that incredibly I knew was going to be my wife the moment I laid eyes on her many years prior at the ripe old age of 15. Around the world instead turned into living aboard the Swan and more than 18,000 ocean miles including cruising the East Coast, Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean, through the Panama Canal West and back East bound, and North and South along the Pacific Coast of Central America to and from California.
Finally settling down in Ft. Lauderdale in 1991 brought kids and an adjustment to a more scheduled lifestyle. Realizing that we were having a harder time getting out to sail, in 1996 we sold the Swan and purchased a new 33 Tiara express cruiser to meet the more limited cruising windows available with young kids in school. This change has led to cruising the Bahamas, mostly the Abacos and Exumas, with the kids almost every summer since.
Having been brought up sailing and boating I have a great appreciation for all the positive life experiences that the lifestyle gave me as you can tell from the few experiences I have shared. In turn I have enjoyed seeing the lifestyle mold and give my kids a love for travel and the oceans.
There is no greater satisfaction as a yacht sales professional than helping dreamers like me find the perfect vessel to take them to theirs. To that end I believe that there is no better service I can provide than listening very carefully to ensure the boat you buy is the one that best matches your vision.
Lately as the Selene Brand Manager at Luke Brown I enjoy meeting truly passionate cruisers that also love the lifestyle and their Yachts that have helped them live the dream.
All dreamers are welcome! Let’s work together to see how we can make cruising the oceans your reality.