Elena Sailing Kittiwake

Elena’s Backstory

I was born in a small village at the bottom of a valley near Bergamo, Italy. My family’s house isn’t far from the Alps – the Orobie are just a half an hour drive away. So I grew up hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter, but all I could think of was the


Ryan’s Backstory

I’ve been aware of sailing for a long time. When I was a kid, probably around 12, I was obsessed with boats. It was one of my many passing obsessions. At the time, I was a member of the local sea cadets in Medway (Kent, UK), so I learnt about knots, went out in rowing boats