Michael was raised in the Midwest where he raced one-designed yachts extensively and sailed collegiately while attending University of Wisconsin where he obtained a BA (English Lit). Upon graduation he worked his way up from chartering in the Caribbean to racing within the Maxi boat and 50 ft IOR circuits for 5 years competing in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Michael then moved his young family from England to San Diego in 1992 to take a job as a service representative for Barient/Sparcraft during the America’s Cup.
For the past 15 years Michael has represented new build and service yards working with the brokerage community, dealing with yacht owners and managers and participating in marketing events and sales efforts.
At Palmer Johnson, Michael acted as one of four project managers acting as a liaison between the company and the yacht to coordinate and monitor the progress of all trades. With Intermarine, he oversaw large yacht repair & refit in its entirety from issuance of proposals to formulation of contracts including oversight of the project management team. From 2003 to 2008, he assisted the Huizenga group in transforming the Rybovich brand into a world class marina and full service repair facility. At Thunderbolt Marine Michael worked with a conservatively oriented group to help structure the planning and sales effort to maximize repair efficiency and thereby ensure repeat business.
In 2011 Michael formed his own consulting business, Bacchus Yacht Consultancy, which specializes in planning, scheduling and proposals for extensive repair & refit projects on behalf of owners.