Erin grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a student at the College of Charleston, she spent many afternoons on the beach or at the Battery staring at the sea. After getting her MFA in Costume Design at University of Massachusetts, Amherst she returned to the south. She had been on a sailboat only twice in her life before her honeymoon, but is enjoying learning to sail on Lake Norman, NC. When she’s not sailing or working, Erin enjoys reading, cooking, and sewing.
Ryan started sailing when he was about 4 years old on his Dad’s Pearson 26. In his teens the family bought a Catalina 30 and his Dad, stepmother, and Luna the dog currently live on their Bristol 41.1c SV Skylark. After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ryan decided to move to NYC and attend graduate school for Photography. The grad school experience pushed him away from the art world and he escaped to North Carolina to start something new.
After Grad School, back in North Carolina where they both grew up, Erin and Ryan met, fell in love, bought a Catalina 25 sailboat and decided that they should probably upgrade to an oceangoing vessel capable of sailing around the world and raising a family on. This is how they ended up with their dream boat, a 1980 Alberg 37 MKII. It will take them years to restore her to her former glory but they are 100% happy to work towards that goal every day.
We aren’t rich, we don’t have any special circumstances, we aren’t sponsored; we have a wonderfully supportive family and we have a big dream that we are steadily making a reality.
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