"...the Eagle and her crew made a ‘big left turn’ to the south, towards smaller latitudes and warmer climates."
Tom has been around boats most of his life, from small fishing boats, to big block race boats. After moving to Seattle, and meeting Jeanne, his life took a drastic change, now living and traveling by sail boat. “Shear terror at 6 knots”!! With a well established background in wiring and electrical systems, we did a complete re-fit of our Freeport Islander, Eagle, and set sail for distant shores, and have landed here in La Paz, Mexico.
We never had any plan to be working again, especially here in La Paz, but we are having so much fun doing it that we have put down some roots. Be sure to stop by our new store in Marina Palmira and say hello!
Jeanne grew up in the Puget Sound region of Seattle. Being on, in and near the water has always been high on her priority list. She learned to love boats as an infant, and easily moved to sailing at 12 years of age. In college, she studied commercial/technical photography that took her to New York for five years working in several photography studios. While in NY she got certified as a scuba diver and made several trips to the Caribbean and Mexico. Deciding it was time for a change, she spent a year as a watersports instructor/ coordinator on cruise ships in the East and West Caribbean. That extremely fun job, ended and found her back in Seattle, pursuing an education in massage therapy and finding other peoples boats to go sailing on.
She opened her own massage clinic, Pinnacle Massage Therapy, which she successfully operated for 18 years. After many years of sailing in Puget sound with friends, family and various groups like the Sea Scouts, American Sailing Association, Des Moines Yacht and Seattle Women’s Sailing Association found her sailing in various ports around the globe, including being part of the first all women’s team in the Pacific Cup Race from San Francisco to Kaneohé, Hawaii.
After all this sailing on other peoples boats she decided it was time to own her own boat. She’s not sure if she found Eagle, or it found her, but for the past 14 years it’s been home and a great fit. Eagle readily accepted Tom and the ‘three’ of them prepared the boat for adventures to other shores. Destinations? – any where the butter melts!
After exploring Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and in Canada, Desolation Sound and the Gulf Islands, the Eagle and her crew made a ‘big left turn’ to the south, towards smaller latitudes and warmer climates.
Upon arriving in La Paz they both felt that they had found a new home. The people and town were warm and welcoming, and the nearby sailing opportunities were many.