Meet the Executive and Contributor Team at the Waggoner Guide

mark-bbq-smallMark Bunzel, Contributor, Editor and Publisher of the annual Waggoner Cruising Guide, co-author of Cruising the Virgin Islands, and nautical publisher and distributor at the Waggoner Store

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, SoundingsDockside, 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 DunningLara Dunning, Editor of and Contributor 

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,,, and Whidbey Life Magazine.



Lorena and Leonard LandonLeonard and Lorena Landon, Managing Editors of the Waggoner Cruising Guide and Waggoner Contributors

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.

You can follow their cruising this summer on their blog and here, which shows their position via InReach Delorme.


Deane HislopDeane Hislop, Contributor

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.



Waggoner Field Correspondents, along with other Waggoner Team members, help ensure the most complete and up-to-date information for the next edition of the Waggoner Cruising Guide.


Missy Gervais, Contributor

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

Want to see what Missy recommends for boaters? Click HERE.


Mary Campbell, Contributor

Mary came late to boating but has been making up for lost time.  For the last 25 years, she has been sailing the Inside Passage, originally in her Colvin junk schooner and, for the last 10 years, in her Cascade 36. Retired, she spends each summer on the boat. Her travels have taken her through Southeast Alaska, across the Gulf of Alaska to Seward and the Katmai region; she has circumnavigated Vancouver Island and been captivated by the native villages of Haida Gwaii.  She’s also sailed in warmer climates, including the Sea of Cortez, the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Australia’s north and east coasts, and parts of Indonesia. Still, her favorite cruising destinations are Prince William Sound and Haida Gwaii. Their pristine beauty and rugged coastlines present a last frontier of coastal cruising. Mary appreciates the challenge of cruising where the sight of another boat is a welcome surprise, and where the wildlife outnumbers the humans.


Anita and Jim Norris, Contributor

Anita Fraser and Jim Norris have been boating nearly their entire lives, having been engaged in commercial fishing, marine research, and more recently as active recreational boaters. They are Great Loop veterans, completing “The Loop” in 2008 on a 32-foot Grand Banks. Since 2010 they have cruised extensively between their home port of Port Townsend and Glacier Bay, Alaska on their 42-foot Krogen, Spirit Quest. Their northern trips have included the west side of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. They have also cruised as far south as San Diego, spending a winter in Oxnard, California.  Anita and Jim look forward to continuing their exploration of beautiful Northern B.C. and Southeast Alaska during the 2018 boating season.


Bob and Shino Posey, Contributor

Bob started boating with runabouts in the 60’s.  Bob and Shino owned a PT 38 Trawler for many years in which they explored the Pacific Northwest and BC lower mainland.  They currently own a 24-foot Sea Sport Explorer, based in Anacortes, which provides flexibility in planning a variety of cruising destinations. They spend most summers cruising the San Juan and Gulf Islands and enjoyed a recent trip to Chatterbox Falls in Princess Louisa Inlet.  Plans for 2018 include trailering their boat to Prince Rupert, B.C. and cruise the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska to rendezvous with family members near the southern tip of Baranof Island.



Brett and Sue Oemichen, Contributor

Brett and Sue reside in Port Ludlow and have been cruising the Pacific Northwest since 2010.  They have traveled the Salish Sea from Olympia to the Broughton Archipelago.  Their first northwest boat was a Camano 31, and they are currently the proud owners of a 34-foot American Tug, named Joint Venture.  Brett and Sue plan to spend the 2018 season cruising the San Juan and Gulf Islands, the Broughton’s, and round Cape Caution to explore the northern reaches of British Columbia.



John Shepard, Contributor

John started sailing, racing, and instructing as a teenager in San Diego. As a Naval junior, John had free use of boats that provided recreational opportunities for servicemen, and he took full advantage sailing and racing in the waters of Southern California. John first started cruising the Pacific Northwest with a trailer-able boat, exploring rivers, lakes and bays. Inspired by reading Jonathan Raban’s book, Passage to Juneau, John purchased a Cal 35 Cruiser sloop, named Hadley. John undertook refurbishing s/v Hadley, making extensive repairs and refits. In 2017, with projects nearly complete, a fast-moving boat appeared out of the fog near Double Bluff on Whidbey Island and clipped his starboard stern. Thankfully the stern quarter and transom were mostly fiberglass repairs; a quick maneuver had helped avoid a more serious collision. Happily, s/v Hadley was repaired over the winter and is ready for the 2018 season to once again weave through island passages in all sorts of weather and cross the straits that make up our water playground of the Pacific Northwest.


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