The Crew

We met while sailing with the Sail Training Association, which is now The Tall Ship Youth Trust.  Sim was Chief Engineer and I was volunteer crew.  Sim, originally from North Yorkshire, England is a Marine Engineer by trade, which is quite handy on board our little boat. He has been sailing his whole life from  his mid teens.  He first learnt to sail on a Mirror dinghy and eventually progressed to Hobie Cats where he raced competitively in both British and European championships on a Hobie 17.  Having worked on oil tankers as an engineer he took a break from the seafaring life spending a period working in the motor trade and property development before going back to sea with the Sail Training Association as Cheif Engineer.  The STA owned and operated the 150ft Camper Nicholson design, 3 masted schooners; The  Sir Winston Churchill and The Malcom Miller. And then latterly the 200ft brigs, The Stavros S Niarchos and The Prince William.  During this time he also owned a Hurley 22 down in Falmouth, Cornwall where he was living at the time. Sim is an RYA Yachtmaster (off shore) and advanced powerboat coxswain.
I am from Wimbledon on the outskirts of London and worked as a manager for a lovely independant Lettings Agency (real estate) near Richmond on the outskirts of London.  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.  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 8 years.  Tying the nautical knot in Grenada in 2009 where we got married.  We have completed the Caribbean loop and are wondering where we should go next......

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) to as Evil Ali but desite the deceiving appearance she is a big softy at heart.