Rolland: I have spent my
entire life in boats. I have been canoeing since I was a
child and later raced canoes professionally with my Father. I
started sailing in High School and haven't stopped.
Deb: I started sailing when
my Dad bought a sailboat in 1988 for the family. Rolland and
I had just started dating then.
Jannelle: 11 years
old. Was on a sailboat when she was two weeks old.
Jannelle has been at the helm since she was five years old.
She did a 12 mile turn at the helm in Florida when she was six that was
as straight as an arrow on the GPS. She regularly does sail
changes and can handle most of the work on the boat.
Bianca: 9 years
old. Has sailed all her life. Hates it when the
boat heels under sail, but is amazingly brave when she needs to
be. She is our most accurate helmsman, and the most attune to
what is going on. She is in charge of making sure no ropes
are overboard that can get caught in the prop. She has never
missed one yet.
a family we have logged over 21,000 miles together in three different
sailboats. We have a map of Lake Michigan that looks like a
spider web with all the routes we have drawn on it. We never
kept our boat at a marina, we rented a private dock and when we were on
the boat, we were sailing. We haven't sailed the same year 20
times over, we have 20 years of experience and we are still
learning. Every time we sail.