Hi, we’re Monica and Rich, two New Yorkers living aboard our 39-foot sailboat. Currently we’re in Savannah, Georgia, getting ready to sail south for the Bahamas.
I’m the writer. I grew up on the West Coast with a bad case of wanderlust. It all started in college when I spent a semester abroad in Spain. After my studies were over I traveled all over Europe. When I got back, I knew that I needed to see more of the world and as soon as I had the chance I took off for another trip, this time to Southeast Asia. After that, I managed to spend a few months in Guatemala and Mexico honing my Spanish skills. Eventually my career in magazines took me to New York where I met Rich. Prior to meeting him, my only experience with sailing was a charter with friends in the Caribbean. I’ve still got a lot to learn in this department! These days I’m a freelance writer and editor, hoping to keep the cruising kitty topped off by working from wherever we are.
Rich is a creative type from the Midwest. He’s happiest when he’s making something, whether it’s a delicious meal, a piece of furniture, or rebuilding everything on our boat. The travel bug bit him as a teenager during several extended wilderness canoe trips in the Canadian Arctic. Living with the Inuit and eating whale blubber pretty much ruined his chances of living a normal life, but it shaped him into a great travel companion. Rich has been sailing since he was a toddler and knows his way around a knot or two, which comes in handy when you live on a boat!
After we met, we explored the world together. But we always wanted to go farther and take longer trips than a weeklong vacation allowed. Someday, we thought, we’ll buy a boat and sail around the world. A few years ago we decided it was time to pursue that dream. After more than a year of searching we finally found the perfect boat, an O’Day 39. We moved aboard in June of 2012 and have spent the last few years getting Mata Hari ready to go cruising.