Meet the Crew
Michael and Jennifer’s love for sailing began off the Southern Coast of California. They spent their summer vacations at Catalina Island, which consisted of ocean kayak camping in remote coves until a fate full summer where Michael took ASA courses to allow them to bareboat charter. Since then they have done whatever they could to get onto yachts, which later lead to Michael becoming a captain through the USCG. They have been married for 10 years and find themselves happiest when their experience can be shared with others. Their hobbies and interests are naturally linked to the outdoors. Some of their most favored pursuits are sailing, backpacking, fishing, clamming, snowboarding, surfing, brewing beer/cider/mead, scuba diving, boatbuilding, free diving, and spearfishing. They also remodeled a 1955 Ranch in Portland for 10 years from the ground up without help from contractors, which they sold to herald in this new venture aboard AdAstra.
They took on the largest challenge of their lives when they decided to build their own 45ft Blue Water Catamaran. Their yacht the Anomalous is currently a motor vessel on a slip in Portland Oregon. It is a work in progress where they do all the work themselves, everything from composites to installing diesel engines, electrical systems and all other boatbuilding fodder. In the off season outside of operating AdAstra they plan to complete their yacht over the next four years. The rest is an untold story that must unfold itself.
Michael is originally from the Bay Area outside San Francisco California. His land-based career was spent in renewable power working for a Wind Turbine Manufacturer. He joined the company at age eighteen and left the corporate world at age thirty-three. In that span of fifteen years he has climbed the corporate mountain, rolled down it, dusted himself off and weathered storms. He is predominately an engineer at heart. His mainline passion is to explore and push his personal limits to new boundaries.
Jennifer is from beautiful Pacific Northwest near Portland Oregon. She grew up camping, hiking, boating, skiing, and fishing throughout Oregon. She decided to pursue a career as a chef and earned a degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland, Oregon. During her schooling she traveled to Paris, France where she honed her skills and developed a passion for patisserie. The following six years were spent working as an Executive Pastry Chef. Driven toward providing care for others she altered her course and attended Portland State University for five years studying to become a nurse. While at university she worked as a personal chef and professional nanny for several years. Now as the Chef on AdAstra she is excited to be back at her roots allowing her first passion to shine through. Her love for cooking extends beyond casual affairs. She strives to provide quality food by cooking from scratch, using fresh/local ingredients. She is very knowledgeable when it comes to food allergies (gluten, soy, egg, nuts, dairy, etc.), as she has many of them herself. Jennifer knows all too well what it’s like to vacation and not be able to indulge at unfamiliar restaurants and places. She will provide a “safe haven” for those with allergies or other dietary restrictions.
So what are you waiting for? Come and sail with us and reach for the stars on Ad Astra, the breath taking scenery and never ending sunsets awaits you!
"Charter is an art and you need to be a chameleon in this industry. You need to be the perfect ambassador, host, captain, chef, tour guide, dive buddy and friend, while maintaining the respect of your guests and being responsible for their safety. This job is a challenge and you have to remind yourself everyday that this is your guests vacation not yours, this may be your hundredth charter, but it may be their first, you may have swum in this glorious water a thousand times, but they may have never seen anything like it. This is a challenge and we are up for it every single day"