I've made a career sailing the world's oceans. As a deckhand aboard a variety of vessels -- scientific research ships, commercial fishing boats, merchant ships -- I've been able to see a side of life virtually unknown to the landlocked public. My working life has provided me a wealth of images that remain fresh and surprising to those unaware that men and women still earn a living from the sea.
During periods ashore I earned a BA in International Studies at the University of Washington and a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. I worked at the Environmental Protection Agency and at the US State Department. I was living the life in downtown DC. But I longed for the freedom of the sea. The lure of the sea is powerful. The unconventional lifestyle sailors often lament provides them a degree of freedom unknown to the world of office work. Sailing opens the most interesting places in the world to anyone willing to take the plunge