Jose-Maria combines his corporate executive experience and his passion for sailing and boating to help boaters’ dreams turn to reality. He showed an early propensity for water sports, starting with rowing and soon after evolving into sailing with his first boat, a six-meter wooden sailboat sloop with Egyptian cotton sails. Sometime later, he relied on his fiberglass sloop to club race and cruise in Argentina’s River Plate.
He continued to pursue other nautical activities and did a pilot apprenticeship on an oil tanker sailing the South Atlantic to and from Patagonia’s ports. While pursuing an international career in the corporate world, he never abandoned his love for boating and was able to enjoy varied outings around the world. When he retired from corporate life, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where he was qualified as crew and AUXOP member, vessel safety examiner, interpreter, forming part of staff augmentation and where he received The President’s Voluntary Services Award. He was also the Commander of the Saugatuck River Sail and Power Squadron in Westport, Connecticut. Jose-Maria now resides with his family in Northern California and enjoys his Hallberg-Rassy 372 “Bella” moored at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon.