Chuck grew up in San Diego in a Mission Bay neighborhood and started sailing in sixth grade on Lidos and Penguins. After high school he traveled the world for several years, living and working in Norway, Denmark, Italy, American Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. It was in New Zealand that he gained much of his sailing and racing experience, continuing when he returned to San Diego. He bought Jacaranda in 1983 and lived aboard, cruising the South Pacific from 1993-1997.
The sea was a formative influence in Linda's childhood but her love of sailing didn't develop until a family bareboat charter in the British Virgin Islands in 1972. She credits her father Stan with being her role model for this journey; when her youngest sibling went off to college, her Dad followed his dream and sold his medical practice, bought a sailboat and left to go cruising with her Mom in the Caribbean for two years. In past lives Linda has been an urban planner, children's museum director, and award winning mosaic artist. Her passions include adventure travel, art, and her two sons, David and Joe.