The Crew

SV Kittiwake

We shared a dream – to live a simple and environmentally friendly life outdoors.

Then, with our 30th birthdays fast approaching, we realised we might never get to retire to live this dream. So we quit our jobs to sail away.

We’re sailing from Falmouth (UK) to Malta over summer 2017/2018 and snorkelling, hiking, rock climbing, free diving, wild camping, and scuba diving on the way. Then, who knows?

Here’s a little bit about us.

Elena

I grew up in a small village by the mountains near Bergamo, Italy. I probably wasn’t destined to be a sailor. I’m
learning though!

I spent the last seven years pursuing a career in content marketing in England between Bournemouth, Manchester and London.

I like helming, following fish around snorkeling, flying the spinnaker, and campfires. I dream of sailing to the South Pacific, one day. If you’d like to find out more about me, read my backstory.

 

 

 

Ryan

Before setting off, I’d done a bit of sailing, cruising around Cornwall and racing at Cowes, one of the biggest sail racing regattas in the UK.

I like spearfishing, rock climbing, and flying the spinnaker. I’d like to sail to the Great Blue Hole in Belize. If you’d like to find out more about me, read my backstory.

 

 

Our Ethos

We aim to sail and travel around Europe low-cost and have minimal environmental impact on the ocean and the places we visit.

We don’t have a pressurised shower or watermaker on Kittiwake and our monthly budget is under £500. We work from our laptops and live simply and frugally, so we can appreciate what’s truly important in life.

We fish and forage where possible, use environmentally friendly products, dispose of waste responsibly, avoid marinas, use our sails as much as we can, and buy local foods. If you’d like to read more about why we quit our jobs and sailed away, read this blog post.