Chris Fairfax joined Rhode Island-based Wellington Yachts as its fifth partner.
Wellington Yachts, established in 2008 by Ted Hood, Murray Lord and Dolf Haffenreffer, who were joined in 2009 by John Perkins, offers sail and motor yachts for sale, as well as charter and new construction consulting services.
Fairfax grew up in the seaside town of South Dartmouth, Mass. After he graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in political science, he became a licensed captain and worked on a variety of yachts, including a Hood 50-foot yawl that he sailed to Ireland, a Little Harbor 54 that he ran between the Great Lakes and the Caribbean and an Oyster 68 that he and his future wife, Susan, operated on charter throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
Other sailing highlights include working on the 90-foot Savannah and a Pacific crossing with Susan aboard an Oyster 56.
Fairfax came ashore in 1999 to work at Little Harbor Yacht Brokers, followed by stops along the way at Hinckley, Hunt Yachts, Concordia Yacht Sales and, most recently, Oyster Yachts.