Russ is a retired aerospace engineer and corporate executive with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. Laurie is a retired speech pathologist with a BS and MS in Speech Pathology.
Russ started sailing as a teenager and earned a bareboat charter ticket from the Annapolis Sailing School in the late 1970’s. Laurie has been a boater all of her life and learned to sail after she met Russ in the 80’s.
Over the years Russ and Laurie have owned a Colgate 26 and a Leopard 4500 and have bare-boated all over the world on a range of different yachts. They have chartered monohulls and catamarans in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Seychelles, French Polynesia most of their adult lives.
Russ and Laurie enjoyed participating in the Caribbean 1500 in 2013 and recently completed the 2014/15 World ARC Circumnavigation on their Balance 601, Nexus. She was clearly one of the fastest yachts in the rallies, and they really enjoyed sailing in the company of other experienced sailors.
They have been up and down the Atlantic several times and enjoyed a 15 month circumnavigation on Nexus. She carried them swiftly, safely and comfortably, literally all around the world.
When asked what most attracted you to the Balance Catamaran Russ responded as follows:
“The Balance 601 is literally everything a true blue water voyager would want. She is very strong, sails very well up and downwind, fast (8-12kts in average conditions and capable of 20+), high bridge deck clearance, huge load capacity without sacrificing speed, extensive fuel and water range, comfortable in a seaway and at anchor, and her enclosed helm reduces fatigue and provides excellent visibility. She is easily handled by a couple, has an impressive sail inventory and strong rig, and her spacious cabins take standard size mattresses. She has a wonderful galley up configuration with plenty of storage and refrigeration, incredible visibility fore and aft through the salon, high ceilings, and remarkably low maintenance interior and exterior. As I said, everything a true blue water sailor would want, and I believe she is the best balance between performance and comfort in the catamaran world.”