I am the mother of three wonderful, grown children. I have been a child care worker with childen who have multiple physical and mental challenges; I have been a sign language interpreter and I have worked in telecom in the IT department of a high tech company. I like to knit and sew.

I have always loved the water. My exposure to boating started off as a young teenager in canoes at camp and later, in the motor boats of friends. When pregnant with my first child, I had an opportunity to board and sail on a monohull on Lake Ontario. As the wind filled the sails and I felt the boat silently surge ahead beneath me, I thought, "This is what it's supposed to be like in a boat on the water! This is what it should be like!" I marvelled at how wonderful it was to not have the noise of a motor as we moved across the water. I didn't have any further opportunity to sail until many years later when I sailed a Hobie 18 with Ross. My job on the Hobie was to control the jib and to hang out over the water in the harness as we sailed along, flying a hull. It was exhilarating!

I have since taken several sailing courses and now I have the opportunity to live aboard One White Tree, continue to expand my sailing experience and to explore the world. I expect there will be many challenges and much personal growth.

My perspective on this adventure is summed up very nicely in the well-known quote from Mark Twain.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

If you are taking this journey with us, welcome aboard!