Brian was intruduced to sailing as a youngster on Lake Wallenpaupack, PA with his father’s Sunfish. His family spent several memorable vacations via charter boats. In particular, Brian’s dream to sail around the world was born in the British Virgin Islands while chartering a boat captained by Justin. He later ressurected a Tanzer 22′ from the depths of ruin when he convinced his father to purchase the boat (for a mere $500, blood, sweat, & tears). Family and friends continue to enjoy ‘Sheetmusic’ on Lake Wallenpaupack. Brian was a member of the Bowdoin College Sailing Team while attending college. During fall of his Junior year (2003) he attended a semester at sea aboard the Corwith Cramer out of Woodshole, MA. Brian was convinced this was the life for him! In 2004 Brian used his Bowdoin chemistry degree as a means to an end to achieve his cruising lifestyle and began working as a research chemist for Powerspan, developing clean coal solutions. Meanwhile, Brian jumped aboard various racing sailboats in Portsmouth, NH as crew to gain addtional water time. In 2006 he crewed a boat delivery from New York to Portland. In 2007, he purchased a Laser and added this fleet to his weekly racing docket. Brian re-met (the two went to high school together) Stephanie, his first and only mate, in 2007 and she was intrigued by his dream to sail. They were married October 3, 2009. Shortly thereafter in June 2010 they purchased Rode Trip, a 1975 Westsail 32′. Brian transformed Rode Trip into a home and the couple moved aboard on June 21, 2012.
Stephanie grew up in the countryside of PA and was introduced to sailing when she and Brian began dating. Stephanie spent many hours aboard Sheetmusic, the Grandjeans’ Tanzer 22′, on Lake Wallenpaupack. She completed graduate school in 2007 from Marywood University and moved to Portsmouth, NH to live nearer Brian. Stephanie raced from time to time as crew in the J24 fleet. Prior to moving aboard Rode Trip, Stephanie was a Social Worker at Brooksby Village retirement community. Now living the cruising life, she is the ship’s Communications Officer keeping in touch with family and friends and sharing the adventure via the blog.
Thanks to friends and family for your hard work and support. Brian and Stephanie hope that you will join them along the way!