I am from Wimbledon on the outskirts of London and worked as a manager for a lovely independant Lettings Agency (real estate) near Richmond also a London suburb. I didn't start to sail until I met Sim on the Tallships. I joined a sailing club near where I was living in Surbiton and learnt to sail enterprises not very well. I did however win a cup for enthusiasm! I took my RYA Competant Crew and Day skipper theory. I arrived aboard Alianna as a newbie and have learnt to sail under the calm and steady tutition of Sim. It has been a HUGE learning curve for me and I loved (almost) every minute of it.
We have been living aboard now full time for 12 years. Tying the nautical knot in Grenada in 2009. We have completed the Caribbean loop and settled into cruising the East Caribbean for a few years. We changed boat which give us a new impetus to continue a life that we loved but had lost its sparkle. (who can blame us - a decade of full time cruising is not all fun and gamers and cocktails in the sun). We had many good years of Alianna. But the time came for change, initially we thought that we would like a catarmaran but as it transpired we have come full circle and turned back to a monohull. A steel boat was not what we were looking for. But she ticked most of the boxes and here we are. We have spent the last two years sailing between America and the Bahamas but are now heading back to the East Caribbean. For further updates on our adventures keep following our blogs.
Ali joined us as a tiny weeny kitten that we adopted in 2005. She is a valued member of crew and although she doesn't always pull her weight she is an invaluable source of comfort and often very entertaining! She is fondly referred (by others) as Evil Ali but desite the deceiving appearance she is a big softy at heart.