Wayne (Canadian) and Christine (American) were both singlehanded sailors in 2013 when they met through a blog post and comment. Wayne was in Fiji aboard his 52-foot Kristen steel motorsailer, Learnativity, and Christine was in Florida aboard her Caliber 33, Talespinner. After a month of emails and Skype calls, Christine flew to Fiji in December 2013 and joined Wayne for their first date—an 1800 nautical mile passage aboard Learnativity from Fiji to Majuro in the Marshall Islands. They have been together ever since…
Some sailing bug apparently bit Wayne when he was in his mid 50’s and after learning as much as he could by reading and researching and crewing for friends, he decided the only way to really answer his curiosity was to buy his own boat. In 2005, he bought a 1994 steel Bruce Roberts designed 52’ motor sailor cutter that was built in Victoria, BC – as his first boat. He sailed Learnativity down to the Bay area and spent two years getting her rigged up for blue water and single-handed sailing. He took off in 2007 down the coast to Ecuador and the Galapagos and across and all around the Pacific.
Christine’s first ocean passage was from Cabo to Long Beach in 1974 aboard a Baltic Trader. With her first husband, she sailed to New Zealand and back to California in 1975-1976 where they built a 55-foot fibreglass boat from a bare hull. They sailed that boat to the Caribbean and worked in the crewed charter boat business for several years, and later sailed the Bahamas and down to Venezuela. When they returned to the USA to refill the cruising kitty, they eventually divorced, and Christine bought her own boat in 2006. Though they came to sailing from different backgrounds, Wayne and Christine recently got the calculator out and concluded they had each sailed at least 50,000 miles by the time they started building Möbius.
A few months their first sail together, Wayne and Christine returned to the US and began their first research trip through Europe and Turkey where Christine was gaining material for her book Knight’s Cross, which she wrote when they returned to Learnativity in the Marshall Islands. Soon, Talespinner was sold, and after one year of living and cruising together, Wayne and Christine were married aboard a harbour cruise in San Diego.
When they returned to Learnativity, the newly married couple sailed back down to Fiji where they cruised and hauled the boat and completed a major refit. It was during their time in Fiji, that Wayne and Christine reached the decision to build a new power passagemaker. Serendipity played a part and they thoroughly enjoyed what might be their last passage under sail by delivering Learnativity to the perfect sailing couple who would be her new caretakers in New Zealand.
After a year as homeless and boatless nomads as they continued to work with Dennis Harjamaa of Artnautica Yachts, NZ on the design of their Extreme PassageMaker, Wayne and Christine have finally settled in Antalya, Turkey. There they are working with Naval Yachts on the construction of their new boat Möbius. Find their current location on the map below.