Captain, diesel mechanic, translator, dive master and our teacher, Michael is the seasoned veteran sailor among us. He began sailing in Casco Bay, Maine when he was a kid and the sea just always called. Cruising was just the natural combination of two things he was always passionate about; being on the water and traveling. Mike will teach the kids celestial navigation, how to spearfish, how to read dive tables, conversational Spanish and if we are lucky how to change the oil on a Yanmar engine.
In 1996 Mike purchased a 34' cutter rigged sailboat and named her Kipuka "a calm spot on a rough sea". She was a gale force cutter and as her name implied she was built to withstand a punishment. She was a wonderful boat and took her crew on an adventurous voyage down the pacific side of North America, into the roaring 40's, well into the Southern Ocean and back up through the Canal and finally the Caribbean. In addition to logging 18,000 nm on Kipuka, Michael was a navigator on the USS Detroit and taught himself how to celestial navigate.
Self proclaimed admiral, I'm the one most responsible for keeping the log of our trip rolling, and homeschooling the kids, among other tasks. My boating cv includes several Antarctic and Atlantic crossings on oceanagraphic vessels, first mate on the Crystal Fjord in Misty Fjord Alaska, Assistant Expedition Leader on the Discoverer exploring the Arctic, Antarctic and South Pacific. Oh yeah, and logging 18,000 nautical miles on our own Kipuka, traveling from San Francisco, through Mexico, Central America, out to the Galapagos, Easter Island, the Chilean Fjords and back to Florida through the Panama Canal. Although that seems a life time ago! That said, I love the sea, but I am still the novice sailor, in an emergency I could handle the boat alone and get us where we needed to go, but it wouldn't necessarily be pretty!
Zander is 11 and loves everything and anything nautical or water related. He loves to go boating, enjoys surfing, is becoming quite the fisherman, plays competitive water polo, practices spearfishing in our pool and is in the water as often as he can be. He is becoming a very competent sailor and we rely on him quite heavily. Hopefully there will be some fresh caught seafood meals in our not too distant future.
Porter is a our socialite, entertainer and comic relief. He loves drama, sports and everything musical. He has very eclectic interests and he is bringing his guitar, his baseball mitt and his jewelry making materials. Porter also loves photography and we are hoping he will document some of our many adventures with our GoPro camera.
Quite possibly the only North American to have a Rapa Nui name. She is named after a beautiful beach on Easter Island and is the youngest of our little swabs. She is a typical little girl and loves princesses, pink and all things girlie. She attended a Spanish Immersion preschool so if Mike is away she will have to be our translator.