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Boating has always been a passion, from my days in Newfoundland, messing about in runabouts, sculling and canoeing on the lakes and the open Atlantic. My family took up sailing together, racing and cruising. My daughters have taken it to another level as professional sailing instructors, most recently in the BVI and Cayman Islands.
After a varied career in retail sales, marketing and distribution, I took advantage of an opportunity to sell boats for a local dealer part time in 2005, and quickly moved to full time, then to VP of Sales and Marketing.
After 11 years working for someone else, it was time to take control of my own destiny, so Breezeway Yachts was launched. [Breezeway was the name of our social center at Memorial University, and it's a part of a boat, so the name was a natural fit.]
Over the years, I have sold literally TONS of boats, new and used, sailboats, powerboats, catamarans and dinghies worth tens of millions of dollars. I've worked with clients to maximize the value of their boats and sell them quickly. We have found boats internationally and gotten them here; found buyers internationally, sending boats out of the province and the country.
I like to think my team and I work with a larger vision than just closing the sale [although we're pretty good at getting that done as well]. We care that the boat you buy is appropriate for your needs and desires. We want your experience to be comfortable and stress free.
Rob is a Certified RYA/MCA YACHTMASTER OFFSHORE.
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Rob hails originally from Kitchener, Ontario, where he grew up boating and visiting cottages in nearby Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. A Ryerson University graduate with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering, Rob has also studied Business Administration at the University of Ottawa. These studies launched a 35-year career in high tech marketing and sales with many significant achievements and awards along the way.
Boating is a passion for Rob. He began his boating adventures in 1980 at the Nepean Sailing Club on the Ottawa River. Rob’s first date with his lovely wife Laurel was in a 19-foot Sandpiper on the Ottawa River. Their boating history now includes cruising and racing with family and friends on the Great Lakes, in the BVI’s, Georgian Bay, the Bahamas and participating in the 1997 Newfoundland flotilla. In 2019 Rob completed his RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certification with Commercial Endorsement in early 2020, and is available for yacht deliveries.
Rob has volunteer experience as a hockey coach and Able Sailing Companion. In addition, he finds time for hockey, skiing, cycling and his guitar gets regular use! Raising four boys has, of course, required some boat upgrades along the way. Rob and Laurel still live in Ottawa, but they spend much of the summer in the Thousand Islands, aboard their Catalina 445 ‘Soul Mate’. They are based at Trident Yacht club, where Rob has served on the board.
We are pleased to have Rob on the Breezeway Yachts team as he embodies the ideals we value; personal integrity, a love of boating and respect for clients.
Tony can be reached at
Tony was born in Vancouver, but other than 3 years spent in Hong Kong as a teenager, has lived most of his life in Ontario. Tony's introduction to sailing was at the Oakville Yacht Squadron as a 10 year old aboard his father's O'Day Tempest, giving him almost 50 years of boating experience.
Growing up, Tony's family lived in a few different places around the province and world. In Ottawa Tony took part in the junior program and at 12 years old sailed one of the first lasers built. A few years later living in Hong Kong he imported the first laser there, starting of a fleet that is still active today.
Once back in Canada, Tony attended St Francis Xavier University where he acquired a degree in Political Science. His professional career was spent at the Toronto Star where he spent 36 years in advertising sales and marketing.
Finally settling in Whitby, Tony and his wife Sabine sail their CS 36 Scotia Girl out of the Whitby Yacht Club where Tony is Past Commodore. He also owns a shark that he races with mixed success and continues to own a laser.
We are pleased to introduce Tony as a member of the Breezeway Yachts team.
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Glenn was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario. He began sailing in the Dalhousie Yacht Club junior sail program at the age of 14, just after his father passed away, and a lifelong passion was ignited.
Glenn became a licensed Motor Vehicle Technician through the Niagara College Apprenticeship Program and for twelve years he worked at high end dealerships in the area, servicing Saab, Jaguar, BMW, Austin, MG and others. After a two year sabbatical of sorts that saw Glenn travel in Africa and work in the ski industry in Western Canada, he returned to his roots. A football injury in 1993 led to knee reconstruction surgery, and while convalescing, his career took a significant turn when a Manager at C&C Yachts offered Glenn a job. He never went back to pulling wrenches.
A year or so later, C&C was shut down due to a plant fire. He was offered a job at Hinterhoeller Yachts as Purchasing Manager, moving quickly up the ladder to company President. Fate stepped in again [this time in the way of litigation] and shut that company down. Shortly thereafter Glenn transitioned from manufacturing to retail, moving to Toronto and taking a Yacht Broker position with Swans Yacht Sales, where he was the top producer for his seven year tenure.
He returned to St. Catharines in 2007 to be close to his teenaged daughter, Monica, and is justifiably excited that the love of his life is also a junior sailor.
Back at home he managed a high end automobile restoration company and most recently represented luxury vacation properties.
Glenn purchased a C&C27 from his stepdad in 1988, and for the next thirteen years, when he wasn’t racing or cruising, he was lovingly refurbishing her. During most of his time in Toronto, Glenn was race crew, primarily on the new C&C99. He and his stepdad purchased a new Catalina 30 during that period, so boats are still in his blood.
We are pleased to introduce Glenn as the newest member of the Breezeway Yachts team. Glenn embodies the ideals we value; personal integrity, a love of boating and respect for clients.
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Greg was born and raised in Sarnia, at the mouth of the St. Clair River on Lake Huron. As a youngster, Greg boated with his family on Lake Huron near Grand Bend and soon realized his love for being on the water.
Greg attended Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology in Welland, ON and studied Radio & TV Broadcasting. He recently retired as the Director of Operations for Rogers TV stations for Ontario, Newfoundland and New Brunswick. During his career Greg completed many courses in management, sales, negotiating, partnerships, social media and employee relations.
While employed, Greg was an active community volunteer, with the Red Cross, United Way, Victim Services, and was an Auxiliary Constable with the Waterloo Regional Police Service.
After early retirement from Rogers, Greg and his wife Leslie moved back to their home town and built a new house on the property in Point Edward where she was raised. This small village is adjacent to Sarnia and located beneath the Bluewater Bridges which link Ontario and Michigan.
Greg became the Provincial Appointee to the Village Police Services Board and is now a search and rescue volunteer with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary crew at nearby Bridgeview Marina. He has received numerous certifications from the Coast Guard and he currently serves on the Village Council as Deputy Mayor. Greg has always enjoyed boating and has owned many different power boats since he was a young man. Whether it was trailering from an inland community to the nearest lake or enjoying the amenities of a seasonal marina he understands what boating brings to life.
His current home is a stone’s throw to the busy waterways and beaches that make Bluewater so special and unique.
Greg looks forward to representing the Breezeway Yachts team from Windsor to Owen Sound and will assist you with your purchase or sale in a professional manner.
We are pleased to have Greg on the Breezeway Yachts team as he embodies the ideals we value; personal integrity, a love of boating and respect for clients.
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Along with 15 plus years of Lake Ontario sailing, Phil brings over 35 years of engineering, business and customer relations experience with him to Breezeway Yachts.
Phil began sailing, including cruising and racing, out of the Whitby Yacht Club where he participated in several Lake Ontario 300 races and many club cruises around Lake Ontario.
Phil recently moved to the Niagara Region and currently sails out of the Port Dalhousie Pier Marina in St. Catharines. He's a member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron (Port Dalhousie), Professional Engineers Ontario and the Society of Automotive Engineers
Trust Phil to apply his honest, dependable, no-nonsense approach to selling/buying your boat in the Niagara Peninsula.
We are pleased to introduce Phil as a member of the Breezeway Yachts team.
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Raised on the shores of Georgian Bay, Chris made his way to Belleville as a teenager. He and his wife Debbie raised four daughters in the area and have been active members of the boating community there for many years. He has a background in print journalism and has written for such notable boating publications as Lattitudes and Attitudes, GAM on Yachting and Good Old Boat.
Chris has owned and managed his own sales agency for almost three decades servicing the outdoor sporting and marine industries. He is a professional customer service expert with a deep knowledge of boats and boating.
Chris has purchased and refurbished numerous sailboats and sport boats in the past twenty years and can walk you through your next vessel purchase or sale with confidence and first hand knowledge.
He and Debbie recently returned from a one year sailing sabbatical to the Bahama's and back aboard their Aloha 32. Today they keep their latest boat, a Bristol 41.1, in the Bay of Quinte and enjoy cruising in the waters around Prince Edward County and Eastern Lake Ontario.
We are pleased to have Chris on the Breezeway Yachts team as he embodies the ideals we value; personal integrity, a passion for all things "boating" and a respectful approach in serving the needs of our clients.
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In the Netherlands the name Koopmans is synonymous with boating. With an uncle and two cousins who are respected yacht designers, you could say that boating runs in Rene Koopmans’ veins.
As a child, Rene spent countless hours on the water sailing a home built dinghy at the cottage or honing his tacking skills in the gaff rigged sailboat on the canal behind the family home.
Rene’s passion for boating is still very much alive today. After immigrating to the Belleville area he continued his sailing exploits on the Bay of Quinte and in recent years has extensively explored the bays and islands of Georgian Bay and the North Channel with his wife Angela aboard both a Mirage 27 and their current boat Tegan, a CS34.
When not out on the Bay, Rene enjoys working on various upgrade projects on his own boat as well as providing assistance and advice to just about anyone who asks. Rene also enjoys spending family time with his two daughters and seven grandchildren. After a stint in the woodworking industry and an almost 30 year career in Project Management with an automotive manufacturer, Rene is looking forward to spending even more time pursuing his boating passion with Angela.
Together, they dream of passing this passion on to their grandchildren by taking them along on their summer sailing adventures.
We are pleased to have RENE on the Breezeway Yachts team.
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Cheryl is a Windsor, Ontario native. She grew up surrounded by water; Lake St Clair, the Detroit River and Lake Erie. As a kid she spend her summers baiting hooks with her dad as he fished those waters or sneaking into the area Yacht Clubs with her brother.
She was initiated into the business world while in school as a MacDonald's employee, learning the value of teamwork, process and precision. Moving into music retail with Flipside Records, later to be acquired by A&A Records and Tapes [that wasn't yesterday!], she developed an understanding of relating to clients with a wide variety of interests and tastes.
She quickly moved into management and used her organizational and people skills to develop management teams across Ontario. Her territories expanded with moves to London, Ottawa and Toronto, where she assumed the role of Sale Manager for Ontario, encompassing over 100 stores. From this, Cheryl eventually moved into the position as Human Resources Manager for the Company of 250 stores.
While at A&A, she got married and started a family. While on maternity leave, she began to care for a friend's child and her career as a Day Care Professional was born. This allowed her to be very involved with her own two girls as they grew. A very satisfying period.
Boating became a big part of the family lifestyle in 2003 with the purchase of a Catalina 27 sailboat. This led to cruising, club racing and the introduction of the girls to a sailing education. The Catalina 27 was replaced by a C&C 29mkII and then a Catalina 355, and sailing adventures expanded.
Alongside that, Perry began his boat sales career in 2005 and Cheryl has been a large part of that. From attending a variety of events including local on-water boat shows, to large events like the Toronto Boat Show and the US Boat Show at Annapolis, she has seen the workings of the industry from the inside.
Andre is currently on sabbatical from Breezeway, but it still part of the family!
Born in Toronto and raised in Richmond Hill, Andre was the son of a Swiss father who instilled in him at an early age, the importance of precision and craftsmanship. With a gift for math and physics, he was introduced to flying when he was 16, and soon his passion for wind and air foils led him to attain his commercial multi-engine pilots license at the age of 18.
It was on an early flying adventure that Andre piloted a four seater aircraft to Angel Falls, Venezuela, and during a stopover in Tortola BVI for a month, he was introduced to Brian Rose (C&C Yachts) and learned to sail on a new C&C Landfall 42. This began a 30 year love affair with sailing.
Residing on Lake Simcoe for many years, Andre spent much of his off time sailing at Jacksons Point and became Vice Commodore for Sail Georgina in 2009. He also spent his free time as a volunteer fire captain and a shift leader for a local homeless shelter in Newmarket. After meeting and marrying Anne Marie, an accomplished National and International yacht racer for over 30 years, Andre now calls Toronto home. They spend their summers sailing in Lake Ontario off Toronto Island, on Pavlov's Cat, their Catalina 30, with family and friends, and together Andre and Anne Marie are inspiring a passion for sailing in the grandchildren.
Andre is currently with a major Canadian airline, in a training capacity. Being comfortable with meteorology, weather and navigation, alongside his continuing education courses at Ryerson in Business, diesel maintenance at Humber, and having worked under the supervision of a master marine mechanic in Keswick, Andre brings a very well rounded background to Breezeway and the brokerage industry.
We are pleased to introduce Andre as the newest member of the Breezeway Yachts team. He embodies the ideals we value; personal integrity, a love of boating and respect for clients.
Breezeway Yachts offers you the benefits of dealing with a professional team of Yacht Brokers, experienced in New and Used boat sales. Your boat is an important asset. Trust us to handle the sale with the utmost care, investing the time and effort to ensure that we maximize your return and minimize the time on the market.
Breezeway is based in the Toronto area, and our team of broker covers St. Catharines and the Niagara Region to Windsor and Sarnia. We cover the GTA from Hamilton and Oakville to Pickering and Oshawa. To the east, we have brokers covering Cobourg, Belleville, Prince Edward County, Picton, Bath, and Kingston, through the Thousand Islands and up to Ottawa. We also utilize our relationships with Brokers throughout North America.
Whether your goal is to 'SELL MY BOAT', 'FIND A YACHT BROKER' or 'FIND MY NEXT SAILBOAT' or 'FIND MY NEXT POWERBOAT' your best choice in Ontario is Breezeway Yachts. In addition to the local market, we source boats throughout North America and cooperate with other brokers to sell our listings.
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