Rich holds a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore license, and his qualifications extend well beyond official certifications. He has accumulated more than 55,000 sea miles, and has sailed
nearly half of those single-handed, including a 3,000-mile, 28-day, non-stop passage from Japan to Alaska, taking in the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea.
Born and raised in England, Rich is a PADI diver, dedicated surfer, and a British Surfing Association-qualified instructor who traveled far and wide in search of the perfect wave. He has drawn on his
wealth of adventures to write many feature articles for major sailing magazines
on both sides of the Atlantic, and he is now working on the final draft of a book about his experiences.
When friends asked Rich to legally marry them on board, he became an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, so if you're considering a combination wedding and honeymoon, look no further than
Aurora and Rich.
Sam was enticed away from Britain and corporate life by Rich while he was on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. After only a few weeks of coast hopping southward, they set off on a 1,300-mile, non-stop
passage to the Galapagos Islands.
With more than 30,000 sea miles and visits to hundreds of ports of call in over 25 countries under her belt, Sam has developed a diverse and creative cooking repertoire that features a broad selection
of dishes redolent with the flavors of the world. Wherever she has sailed, she has sought out the local gastronomes and complemented her natural zest in the galley with classes in epicurean institutes
from New England to New Zealand.
Sam also has a voracious appetite for games and used to be a Question Mistress in a pub Quiz league. For her, every day presents the opportunity to design fresh new recipes for her guests - and to
try and surpass her formidable best-ever Scrabble score.
Highly experienced, both Rich and Sam have worked together as a professional captain and chef team on a variety of charter and private yachts throughout the waters of the Caribbean, New England,
Mediterranean, New Zealand, and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North and Central America. They have also crossed the Atlantic and sailed from Alaska to New England via the Panama Canal.
Together, as they have done for countless guests ? including heads of state, Sam and Rich will ensure that your time aboard Aurora provides you with memories you'll treasure forever.
Rich and Sam look forward to welcoming you aboard Aurora and showing you some of the world's best cruising grounds.