Meet the Executive and Contributor Team at the Waggoner Guide
Mark’s boating experience began at the age of 15 and has cruised the Greek Islands, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Honduras, Mexico, Vietnam, and the Chesapeake Bay. Each year, he cruises to Waggoner Guide destinations in the San Juan Islands, Inside Passage and Southeast Alaska.
Mark’s work can be found in Power Cruising, Pacific Yachting, Latitudes and Attitudes, Soundings, Dockside, Northwest Yachting Magazine. Mark also teaches seminars at Boat Show University, Fine Edge Nautical Seminars, Cruiser’s College, and is a guest speaker at yacht clubs.
Lara Dunning has been a member of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team for six years. In her youth, she spent time on her grandfather’s boat Quest in the Chesapeake Bay. She has cruised the British Virgin Islands, and in 2013, the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, AK.
Follow Lara to find out more about restaurants, happy hours, libations houses, things to do and see, and nights ashore for “cabin to cabin’ adventures.
Lara is enthusiastic about small town living (some of which are cruising destinations), and you can read more about her discoveries at Small Town Washington & Beyond. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and her work can be found in Bainbridge Island Magazine, Experience Anacortes, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, realfoodtraveler.com, WanderWithWonder.com, and Whidbey Life Magazine.
Lorena and Leonard Landon have been plying Pacific Northwest waters for over 30 years. After extensive boating that ranged from Olympia through Southeast Alaska and west to Haida Gwaii, the Landons have extended their experience while cruising the West Coast to Baja and mainland Mexico, returning to Washington State after accomplishing “the bash” northward. They have had the opportunity to operate boats of varying sizes, speed, and configurations, providing them with a wide range of boat-handling experience. After living for seven years aboard their 46-foot DeFever, they have chosen Anacortes as their new home.
Lorena authored the popular Cleats & Eats series of restaurant guidebooks for boaters and now enjoys research, photography, and editing for the Waggoner Cruising Guide. She has also written several articles for nautical publications. Lorena currently serves on the Boating Programs Advisory Committee for the State of Washington which benefits public marine construction projects through the award of State grant monies. Lorena’s love of boating and adventure is matched by Leonard’s love of aviation which instilled navigation skills and an appreciation for understanding weather observations. Leonard brings his business skills to the table, garnered from his past business ownership and mentoring services for start-up companies.
Deane is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in recreational boating and the yachting industry. He has over 45 years of Pacific Northwest boating experience. In May 2008, after a successful 33-year career with Boeing, he and wife Arlene retired and relocated to Anacortes, WA.
Nowadays they can be found cruising year-round between Olympia and northern Vancouver Island aboard their 40’ Meridian, Easy Goin’, collecting information, experiences and images for boating publications.
Follow Dean to learn more about boating maintainance and tips, boating destinations, and cruise planning.
Deane’s work has appeared in 34 local, regional, national and international publications, with more than 350 articles and 1,600 photo credits. His photos have also appeared in advertisements, newsletters, websites, blogs, and on magazine covers.
Missy Gervais grew up boating on Vancouver Island near Cowichan Bay and spent countless hours floating around the Gulf Islands watching killer whales. She graduated from the University of Victoria, moved to Vancouver, and spent the last 30 years as a Corporate Administrator for both public and private companies. She has worked with Mustang Survival, volunteered with the RCM-SAR, and for the past five years has been working with Pacific Yacht Systems. Missy spends her spare time cruising on her 34-ft power boat, writing about boating and blogging at missygoesboating.com.