The Waypoint BETA


About us

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 slips online and pre-book their passages, securely, in advance and in real time. Since they could not find one that did everything they needed, they built it themselves.

Charles Bacon founder of The Waypoint


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 skiffs 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 defense & commercial bodies with leading edge technical requirements. His application of technology with a love for the nautical world led to the creation of The Waypoint.

James Steward co-founder of The Waypoint


James learned to sail whilst serving in the British 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 Defense & Government to the Financial sector and small and medium size businesses.

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.

John Grefe Operations Director US.

John Grefe

John is Operations Director NA for the Waypoint. He comes from a background of High Tech lighting, hardware and software. John has worked with marinas around the world to design novel solutions for real world problems.

John has put together a number of projects, from large architectural lighting art projects, to race teams, enterprise software solutions .

John is the lead for the North American division of The Waypoint, making it better every day, and making boaters lives easier.

John Wilson Business Development Manager US.

John Wilson

John has had a passion for boating his whole life. John first learned to sail dinghies at his local RYA school during holidays and weekends, progressing onto power-boating as a teenager and back to sailing boats whilst at University. John regularly completes passages around the UK and Northern France, and has crewed on racing yachts at the “Round the Island” race in the UK.

Having left Southampton University in 2011 with a degree in Accounting & Finance, John worked initially as an Intern before becoming a member of the team in early 2012 as Client Relationship manager for the UK.

John is currently working in the US as part of our North American team and is based at our California office.