Far more important than us individually is, us, the crew. It is hard to describe us individually because we tend to operate as a team, as a crew. Our focus on the shared goal is always aligned. Above anything we do individually, we are most proud of who we are together, with God at our core.
Dave and Beth married in 1992 - I know, I know, we look far too young to be married almost 30 years - lol. We met while Dave was stationed at Langley Air Force Base. For many years we never thought we would have kids. Then 15 years later, Landon (“Lando“ as we affectionately call her. No, not after the Star Wars character, though she'd be fine with that) was born. The adventurous spirit in us was clearly alive in her. We did not slow down one bit.
Dave hails from Chicago and is a die hard Cubs fan (there goes all my Cardinals followers). Walking the marinas of Chicago as well as seeing the race to Mackinaw Island first gave him his passion for sailing. Being stationed in Italy and Virginia kept the sailing fire lit. But it wasn’t until we moved to Texas and realized outdoor adventure in Houston was hard to come by, that we first got into sailing ourselves.
Dave’s real story is what he calls his “blessing”. Most would not look at an alcoholic father, sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, cancer, etc as a gift, but for Dave he realized early on in the Air Force, that those things do not define him. In fact, they inspire him. Make sure you stop and talk to Dave about his story, you’ll leave a better person.
Beth hails from Virginia, no Kentucky, no Florida. As the daughter of a preacher, Beth moved around. But that moving gave her a passion for traveling and meeting new people.
As her husband, I am excited for you to get to know Beth as part of the Sailing Life Warriors videos on our YouTube channel. Beth is pure joy, love, energy and energy (yep, did that on purpose). You will instantly will fall in love with her like I did (finders keepers).
Beth’s passion for animals, the environment, and people are contagious. And what better place to be than sailing this big blue planet!
“Like mother like daughter” is one of the best ways to describe Landon. Her passion for life and adventure was instilled at a young age, traveling to England, France, Iceland, Indonesia, Mexico, etc.
Most daughters have their dad wrapped around their little finger and Landon is no different. But in this case, it goes both ways. Landon looks at her dad as her hero. Loves anything he loves. This is where she got her passion for sailing. Landon is now in advanced sailing courses and race clinics . Her favorite thing to do on a hot day...capsize!
As an only child that is homeschooled you might think Landon is a bit shy. Hahaha. As I said, like mother like daughter - never meets a stranger.
Xena and her sister Xara are 6 year old German Shepard/Belgian Malinois. Up until now, they have had the run of our 35 acre ranch in Colorado.
Xena is the more shy and mild mannered of the two. Her elbow was shattered when kicked by a horse (or cow, not sure) so she tends to move slower and stick closer to home.
Like most Mals, Xena is extremely loyal, wanting to be anywhere her family is - including on a boat.
Xara is quite the opposite of her sister - energetic and wanting to play with anyone…anytime. She’s fast, athletic and a bit ADD. Squirrels have been fighting for their lives the last 6 years as Xara will happily jump up 10’ on a tree to reach them. We think they are taunting her.
We thought sailing was going to test Xara - we were so wrong. She loved it. Loved getting on a SUP. Loved getting in the dingy. Loved swimming.