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We are Captain Christopher German and Jennifer Withers. We met just over a year ago and have spent the last year preparing to set sail and hit the road. We are to be married in December, but before then we hope to embark on the voyage of a lifetime, we're calling the "Waltzing Matilda" Lifestyle.
Captain Christopher German has over a quarter century of experience teaching on the water. As a child, he grew up on Long island Sound and always knew that water was in his future. He learned to sail with the Sea Scouts on the Housatonic River and that lead him to try our the US Coast Guard Academy for a career.
He quickly realized that writing was more to his liking and earned his bachelors in journalism from UCONN and his masters in communication from Boston University where he began a career in TV and Radio. While in school he discovered his love for sailing and his desire to share it with the world and upon graduation decided to leave TV and Radio in favor of teaching sailing full time.
German founded Connecticut Community Boating in 2007 where he built two waterfront facilities in Bridgeport, CT and was named a National Maritime Hero Finalist by US Sailing for his work with youth sailing. He also coached several high school and college teams including Fairfield University and Wesleyan as well as took the Fairfield Prep Boys Sailing Team to national ranking where several of his students have gone on to compete nationally and internationally at the College and Olympic levels.
In 2015 he moved to North Carolina after sailing the eastern seaboard on a 141-foot schooner and discovering the beauty of Pamlico Sound and East Carolina. in 2016, German decided to leave US Sailing after more than 20 years as a US Sailing Instructor and become an RYA-affiliated instructor with NauticEd because of the International recognition it offers. German is now working on growing as an Internationally-based instructor, author and broadcaster.
Jennifer Withers is a long time boating enthusiast with a knack for business management. As our Administrator in Chief, Jennifer takes care to keep the wind in our sails. Growing up as a military brat, Jennifer spent her youth traveling the US and Europe, landing in Maryland where she started her family as part of the National Weather Service family. Her experiences as a boat owner and as a NWS spouse have given her a great eye for the weather and the wind. Her favorite places to travel include the South West where she had a chance to live in Flagstaff and get an education in Southwestern cooking and become a business owner. She begins her Sailing career with Captain German and is working her way though the NauticEd system as a student and first mate and looks forward to sharing her vision for the mobile lifestyle in her restored 1970 Airstream Travel Trailer, "Tillie"
Tillie, The 1970 Airstream Travel Trailer
And so we launch this page dedicated to promoting the lifestyle we aim to live and through it we hope to share our travels, share our adventures and share the tips and tricks we acquire as we set out to live the "Waltzing Matilda" life.