When I was just starting to date my now husband at UC Davis, I had a feeling that he had a passion for sailing. I had no idea how far that passion would end up taking us.
Cameron spent a good bit of time in Australia near Sydney during his formative years. He grew up sailing and learned to love all things marine. He took that passion with him back to the midwest state of Indiana by becoming an accomplished slalom water skier. When he went to junior college, it was in the Florida Keys, surrounded by the blue green waters of the gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. He taught kids how to sail and was generally to be found somewhere near the water or a good bar.
During a 3 month backpacking trip around Europe he unexpectedly landed a job skippering flotilla’s for Sunsail in the Mediterranean…he ended up staying for 3 years. During that time he lived aboard, delivered boats through the Suez Canal, managed gaggles of sailing tourists, lead them on adventures through the Greek Islands and set up a new Sunsail base on the islands of the Maldives. In general he had lots and lots of adventures and experiences that fed his love of the boating life and provided him with invaluable experiences and lessons.
A need for higher education and a growing love of wine sent him to UC Davis in Northern California for a degree in Viticulture and Enology (grape growing and winemaking). But not to be landlocked for long, he began working on the weekends for OCSC, an extremely well-regarded sailing school in the San Francisco Bay.
This is about the time when I entered the picture… but that will be for another day. Cameron’s history of working on and around boats set the scene for what will become our amazing little adventure.