Lee is an avid sailor and yachtsman whose passion for boating began at a young age while growing up on the East Coast. He bought his first boat, a 16’ runabout, as a teenager and used it to explore the Long Island Sound. He moved to Southern California at the age of 19 and bought a 23’ Chris Craft Cavalier with a friend, spending the next several months living aboard it on the shores of Catalina Island. After meeting his wife Linda, the Stanleys chartered sailboats locally and in the Caribbean. The experience was so profound that Lee wrote articles and produced a series of documentaries about it. His most notable, The Desperate Passage Series, was about his experience with juvenile prisoners who were released solely into his custody for 10-day expeditions aboard his 58’ ketch, Minots Light. This series was nominated for 33 Emmy Awards and won 13.
A proud cancer survivor, Lee underwent a successful surgery in 2009 and decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of living abroad. He and his wife spent the next eight years cruising the globe and living a true luxury coastal lifestyle. Lee resides in Newport Beach and is excited to be a part of Walter Johnson Yachts, helping clients fulfill their own dreams of a life on the water.
Engel & Völkers Yachting
3636 E Coast Hwy | Corona Del Mar, CA 92625