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About the Crew

In June 2008, we sold everything... our home and our belongings in beautiful Cedaredge, Colorado. The rest we gave away. With the exception of a few family heirlooms we keep stored in a 5x10 storage locker, the only other worldly possessions we own are aboard our sailboat. We have been officially "cruising" since Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2008. We began our cruising life aboard Windfall, our beautiful 35' Cal Cruiser. Because our 2 children outgrew the smaller boat, we sold our 35 footer and moved aboard a larger boat, our 41' Tartan TOCK Hotspur. You can read our published article in Cruising World magazine.

Captain Jim:  Former business owner of an internet service provider company for over a decade. He sold his business located in Montrose, CO in January 2008. In addition to "nerdy" work, he owned and maintained 8 acres in Cedaredge, CO: Jonagold, Fuji, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious apples - Bing and Rainer cherries - and a Pinot Gris wine grape vineyard. Besides fulfilling his life long dream to sail (thanks Robin Lee Graham!), he explores new hobbies and money making ventures. In the photo, he is in La Paz, Mexico getting ready to take his homemade garlic sausages to the smoker on deck.

First-mate Meri: Stay-at-home mom for over a decade; former convention sales and services manager for Hyatt and Hilton Hotels in San Antonio, TX. Home-schooled both kids for 2 years prior to cruising. Obtained General License for HAM radio for the purpose having broader communications while at sea. Has BA in Communications and MA in Theatre. Handling the helm, speaking Spanish, and encountering new marine life has been her biggest thrills! Meeting other cruisers and local people keeps her sane. She is an accomplished travel writer and sail maker's apprentice.
Swabette & Galley Winch, Carolyne:
9 years old and in 3rd grade at the beginning of our cruise; currently 16 years old and in 10th grade and is now bi-lingual. Though she is the youngest crew member, she takes her responsibilities seriously. She is the liaison for communications between the man on the bow and the woman at the helm. She has excelled in her school studies. She is an avid snorkeler and competent kayaker! She obtained her open water diving license in American Samoa. She has a love for animals and a distinct interest in marine biology. She handles the VHF radio communications like a pro. Carolyne's daily studies include: Reading and Writing, Spanish, Math, Science, Social Studies, Geography, and History. Other areas of interest include: Photography, Writing, Swimming, Surfing, Hiking, Reading, Beading & Jewelry Making, and Cooking.

Tim - Former Crew Member/Always #1 Son:
Tim cruised with us from age 13 until he moved to the USA, where he is now attending college and waiting tables. No longer child - but man.