We’re Viviane and Scott. We’re in our mid-forties and we left San Francisco and our jobs in November 2015 to go cruising aboard Juniper, a 1999 Pacific Seacraft 40 sailboat.
Scott’s from San Francisco and has been sailing since 2008. When he learned about cruising, he knew it was something he wanted to do. Scott shared his passion to go cruising with Viviane, who thought cruising was something you do on Royal Caribbean. After correcting that misconception, sharing some blogs and books, and more importantly, getting her on the water, cruising seemed like a worthwhile adventure. In 2013, we bought Juniper, and in 2015, Scott left the company he had founded to pursue his dream.
Viviane moved to San Francisco in 2012 from New York and her first time on a sailboat was in San Francisco Bay. She was pretty terrified at first, to be honest. Sailing classes, experience, and time made sailing fun. Prior to cruising, she spent sixteen years working on the web, eight of them focused on online communities. She’s happy that she can still contribute to building community via HAM on Amigo and Sonrisa Net.
When we begun our sailing adventure in 2015, we brought along our cat, Sam, who bravely became a sailing kitty. Sam passed away in April of 2018 at 15 years old. Sam loved smelling the salty air, sleeping in a sunny spot, and being a sailing kitty. Sam was a good kitty, an outstanding crew member, and he’ll be sorely missed.
We left San Francisco in 2015 and our only plan was to go to Mexico and “see how it goes.” We’ve been here ever since, enjoying exploring what Mexico has to offer, which is a lot. Our longer term plans likely involve going to French Polynesia and beyond but our ultimate goal is to sail until “it’s no longer fun”.