(enter callsign KG6NNZ)
We met in
the Spring of 1996 on "F" Dock at the Portofino Marina in Redondo Beach,
California. At the time, Jan owned a 25’ MacGregor sailboat ("Yahoo") with her
friend Camille, and their slip was FB-9. Rich bought a 27’ Catalina sailboat
("Zubenubi"), and moved into slip FB-10.
Rich spent most of his time working on his boat, but Jan and Camille spent most
of their time sailing their boat. One beautiful sunny day, Jan, Camille and John
(Camille’s fiancée) invited Rich to sail with them to Marina del Rey for lunch.
It was the start of something good, and we were married July 3, 1999.
In early 2000, we were planning a sailing vacation to the British Virgin
Islands, and Jan "floated" an idea by Rich about selling the house, moving to
the Caribbean and living on a sailboat. Both of us love the ocean and scuba
diving, and although we enjoyed living in Southern California, the ocean here is
cold, and diving in the warm Caribbean waters was very appealing. Rich liked
this idea, and our plans started to develop.
In short order, we found out about and joined the Seven Seas Cruising
(www.ssca.org). Soon, our plans moved beyond living in the Caribbean to
circumnavigating the globe.
In the Fall of 2001, we sold our house and bought Slip Away. She was in Puerto
Vallarta, and we brought her north with stops in Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada,
Mexico, arriving in Marina del Rey in March of 2002. (You can read about those
adventures in our Logbook.) In March 2002, we moved aboard, and we've spent over
a year refitting her to get her ready for our voyage. (The work we’ve done is on
our Boat Refitting page.)
We're looking forward to an exciting future!