The Waypoint was conceived and founded in 2010 by Charles Bacon and James Steward. Both keen sailors themselves, they had a vision of a boating website that could break down the barriers to cruising by enabling boat owners to book moorings online and plan their passages, securely, in advance and in real time. Since they couldn’t find one that did everything they needed, they built it themselves.
One of Charles’ earliest memories was wandering around a boat staring down into the crystal clear water on the west coast of Norway. Since those early days, taught by his father to sail, he went from being ships boy aboard a Norwegian coaster to RYA instructor and yachts master.
From dinghies to yachts, Charles has sailed from the waters off Norway, Denmark and Germany’s Baltic coasts to France’s North and west coasts and out to the Azores. Whilst based in the Solent in the UK, Charles has sailed the West country, Isles of Scilly and Scotland’s beautiful Western isles.
Professionally, Charles is a Physicist. With a background in research, software engineering and latterly systems engineering, Charles has been technical consultant to many programs for defence & commercial bodies with leading edge technical requirements. The application of technology with a love for the nautical world led to the creation of The Waypoint.
James learnt to sail whilst serving in the Army. During this time he managed to regularly passage around the UK and Europe, qualifying as competent crew and taking part in a number of regattas and race series.
After leaving the Army, James worked as a Systems Engineer and Project Management Consultant in the Middle East and the UK. Experienced in bringing highly complex and technical projects from planning to fruition, James has worked for a diverse range of customers, from Defence & Government to the Financial sector and SMEs.
James divides his time between London and the South coast, and when not on the water he can be found in it, as he is a keen triathlete and surfer. He is currently studying Day Skipper theory at the Thames Sailing Club, Kingston, in readiness for his practical in March.