Andy is a native of Oklahoma and a retired Senior Chief from the United States Navy. He spent 21 years serving our country as a Combat photographer and a Navy diver. He always had dreams of sailing around the world and even put it on his list of criteria for a wife. He's owned several boats... his first boat being a 19 foot Laser in Okinawa, Japan. After getting stationed in Norfolk, VA, he bought a 30 foot Gemini Catamaran and sailed the Chesapeake Bay with his then, girlfriend, Monica (that would be me). His next boat was a 22 foot Aquasport power boat he and Monica used to explore the islands off of Puerto Rico while stationed at Rosevelt Roads as well as the numerous waterways in Norfolk, VA. After many years off the water, Andy now owns a 40 foot Owen Easton Catamaran, Savannah that he shares with Monica and his son Jake.
Monica isn't old enough to retire :) so she just quit! Monica is from Atlanta, GA and was a technical project manager in the banking industry for 14 years. She met Andy after moving to VA after college. They've been married for 11 years and have a son, Jake. Monica had no sailing experience (or ambitions of sailing) prior to meeting Andy. After giving sky diving, scuba diving and kayaking a try (all on Andy's checklist), she thought sailing should be a piece of cake. She does have her ASA license but has learned more in the past few years than in any sailing class ever taken. She is thoroughly enjoying their adventures on Savannah and has no plans to quit any time soon.
Jake is nine years old and was born in Norfolk, VA. In his short life he has visited 15 countries, can say "Cheers" in seven languages, and has logged more than 10,000 miles at sea. His accomplishments include swimming with the whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez, snorkeling with black tip reef sharks in the Tuamotus, riding a dolphin in Palau, and hiking waterfalls across the pacific. When asked what his favorite thing about living on a boat was, he replied that he never had to go to school without seeing mommy and daddy! His life on Savannah has been the most exciting yet and he's looking forward to many more years aboard.