Operating in the Caribbean and the East Coast of North America
Row Boats on Deck
Captain: Karl G. Joyner II (American)
Hailing from the great state of Texas Karl was instilled with a sense of pride at an early age. That pride is evident in his operation of COLUMBIA as he strives to provide the best experience possible for every guest onboard COLUMBIA. A move to Fort Lauderdale in his late teens exposed Karl to the world of yachting and large sailing yachts in particular. His fascination with these beautiful craft lead him to literally “come up through the hawse pipe” working as rigger, engineer, and finally captain. In his long career he has sailed on some of the most well-known sailing yachts in their day such as BOOMERANG, NEVER SAY NEVER, MIKADO, PARLAY, TIMONEER, and worked as captain aboard RIPPLE, ATLANTA, SUMMERWIND, an original 1929 Alden schooner, and AVALON. He has completed 5 transatlantic crossings, and 1 transpacific crossing. His sailing experience ranges from 420s, to maxi yacht racing, to large luxury yacht racing in Transatlantic Challenge Races, Super Yacht Cups, and Bucket Regattas. His 32 years in yachting and over 90,000 miles at sea have taken him from the East Coast of the US, to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and too many other Pacific Islands to list here. Karl holds a USCG 200ton Master, captaining both sailing and motor yachts in his career. Sailing has always been his first love so when the position on COLUMBIA was offered he jumped at it and has been onboard since she was launched in August 2014. Karl looks forward to showing his charter guests the beauty of the sea and some exciting sailing. When he gets a day off he enjoys off road adventures in his 23 year old Land Cruiser that he has modified for overland trekking. He also enjoys shooting sports and is a certified scuba diver.
Stewardess: Ruth Joyner (Australian/American)
Born in Dalby, Queensland, Australia to Ex-pat American parents, Ruth benefits from dual citizenship, and a combined Aussie/American perspective. Ruth’s family moved to Tasmania when she was a small child, it was there that she developed a love a sailing in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel near Hobart. Her love of sailing and a passion to explore lead to the eventual purchase of a 35’ sailboat, in which she travelled extensively on the east coast of Australia and to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. With a combined 14 years of resort and hospitality experience it was a natural progression to yacht stewardess. Her first job onboard the 108’ ketch AVALON in 1998 took her on a Pacific crossing from Panama to New Zealand via the Galapagos and Tahiti. It was in New Zealand that she met her future husband, Captain Karl and they have worked together on large sailing yachts for nearly two decades. In addition to her Pacific crossing Ruth has completed 2 trans-Atlantic crossings and experienced New England, The Mediterranean, and Caribbean as professional yacht crew. She has sailed over 75,000 miles at sea since those early days in Tasmania. In a warm and inviting atmosphere, Ruth looks forward to providing her guests excellent service with her keen eye for detail. In her down time Ruth enjoys horseback riding, beachcombing, and gardening.
Chef: Chris Coupland (American)
Chef Christopher is originally from Alabama “The Beautiful”. He balanced his time equally between there and his second home, Boston Mass, where he fell in love with sailing ships, fine cuisine, and the Boston Red Sox. His Father, Command Chief Master Sergeant Kendall A. Coupland, always instilled a love of country and environment in him. Many years spent exploring distant regions of the world culminated in an appreciation of world cuisine and travel. After twenty two years cooking in commercial kitchens he gave it all up to provide an intimate dining experience for his guests. After spending the last two years sailing aboard tall ships like the MYSTIC, and the LIBERTY CLIPPER, he worked the last season on charter catamarans out of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. He is now sailing on the COLUMBIA and loving it. He would also love to show COLUMBIA’S charter guests his culinary skills.
Mate: Greg Wessel (American)
Maintaining the relaxing atmosphere on deck of COLUMBIA and ensuring all his guests enjoy themselves to the fullest is first mate Greg Wessel. Growing up in Sarasota Florida, Greg learned the rhythm of the ocean at an early age, devoting his time to surfing, fishing and diving. While attending school in South Florida, he began working with a team of highly trained commercial divers that specialized in spearfishing, collecting tropical fish and lobster. After earning his degree in Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University, the decision to remain working on the water was undeniable and yachting was a natural step. Greg has been sailing on large yachts since 2009 having worked on SUMMERWIND, SEA DIAMOND, and AVALON. His experience will ensure that your time onboard Columbia will be a memory you never forget. Greg is a water sports enthusiast and can be found in or on the water whether at work or on the rare day off.
Engineer Yuri Bartz (American)
Yuri is from Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye country. One might ask their self, "How does a person in the middle of a landlocked state become a professional sailor?” The answer would be the movie Captain Ron had something to do with it. Also, as a younger man, Yuri received sailing lessons as part of summer camp on the Scioto River. Then after graduating with a BFA in theater from Ohio University he moved to NYC to become a starving actor. He soon discovered that living in New York really requires one to have an income. He had to find a job and as an actor he was immensely qualified for customer service. This landed him in the employment of Classic Harbor Line, a day sailing company that has several schooners and motor yachts sailing out of Chelsea Piers in New York. He was reintroduced to his love of the water and being a professional mariner. In the winter of 2012 and 2013 he attended The Landing School in Maine where he received professional training in marine systems. After returning to New York, and working for The Manhattan Sailing Club aboard their flag ship schooner ARABELLA for a while, he relocated to Key West Florida where he worked aboard the schooner AMERICA 2.0 and was also self-employed as a systems tech. He heard about the opportunity aboard COLUMBIA from one of his clients that had been a part of the initial sea trials aboard her and soon his adventure began on the majestic 175ft classic fishing schooner replica joining the vessel in May of 2015. He holds a 100 ton Masters License from the US Coast Guard and a Master Technician in AC/DC Electrical, Marine Diesel Engines and Marine Systems from the ABYC. Yuri's hobbies include video games, archery, general mechanical tinkering, and writing and reading poetry, which he often reads aloud for guests aboard at sunrise or sunset.
Deckhand: Rachel Whynot (Canadian/American)
Born and raised in the small seaside town of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, Rachel has always had a close connection to the ocean. After spending two years living and working in New Zealand, she returned to Nova Scotia to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Dalhousie University. While studying, she continued to remain engulfed in her own recreation pursuits as well as assisting others in theirs. In 2015, Rachel had the opportunity to work aboard the Canadian schooner, BLUENOSE II. This had been a dream of hers, as her father had been a crew member aboard famed Canadian schooner in the early 1980s. Working on the rival American schooner, COLUMBIA, has given Rachel a great sense of pride in her work and she has a strong appreciation for the rich history the vessel holds in both countries of which she is a citizen. When not working on the deck of COLUMBIA, Rachel enjoys practicing yoga, biking and exploring the outdoors.
Deckhand: Henry Ebinger (American)
Henry is no stranger to the ocean being born and growing up within 10 miles of the original COLUMBIA building site on the North shore of Massachusetts. Henry spent his early life steeped in a New England climate that has helped shaped Henry's admiration for schooners, and wooden classics of all kinds. Drawing from a multitude of trades including: sailing instructor, dock attendant, mooring tender, working at a boat yard and being employed on the schooner THOMAS W. LANNON out of Gloucester MA, make Henry an able deckhand. Henry wants to ensure your time on the COLUMBIA is a positive experience because having a good time is what he enjoys most in life. On Henrys lay days he likes to travel, surf, mountain bike, disc golf, and even play some backgammon in the fo’c’sle.
Deckhand: Kayla Lang (American)
Growing up in NW Florida near Pensacola, Kayla was never far from the water, whether spending time on the river with her family on their ski boat or playing in the waves at the beach. Her love for the ocean and its ecosystems inspired a move to the island of Key West in 2008, where she began her career afloat with a small watersport company that operated snorkeling and kayaking eco tour trips on 3 different shoal draft schooners. But her real passion for sailing traditional style vessels was ignited in 2012 when she signed on to crew a wooden gaff-rigged schooner on their annual spring transit from Key West to Camden, Maine. After a summer spent sailing the New England coast she decided there was nowhere else she'd rather be than on beautiful sailboats. Since then she has sailed a variety of classic boats for charters, regattas and transits around New England, the Florida Keys and as far south as St. Thomas, USVI. She has been a licensed captain since 2014 and in the wintertime can usually be found in Key West running a number of different charter sailboats including General George S. Patton’s former schooner WHEN AND IF. On days off she's likely to be out on the water in her own boat, a 10' Trinka rowing/sailing dinghy. She enjoys freediving, spearfishing, kayaking through the mangroves around the Keys and just enjoying the outdoors and the wildlife. She's been a deckhand aboard Columbia since the 1st of June, 2016.