About Us

Two crazy kids quit their jobs and set sail in search of warmth and cocktails


Mark, AKA “The Captain”, grew up on boats during summers in South Carolina, but really got the sailing bug when he moved to Vancouver in 2008.  He took a few courses, started sailing dinghies at Jericho, got picked up (slash begged to join) the awesome crew of Raspinfly for Wednesday night races in English bay, and eventually bought his own boat.  “Carlito’s Way” (previously named) was a Catalina 27′, and was the boat that really opened his eyes to the awesomeness of cruising.  After a few trips around Howe Sound, Northern & Southern Gulf Islands, Princess Louisa, and Desolation Sound, he was looking for the next big trip.  Enter Operation: Tropication.

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Caitie, First Mate (JK – Admiral), grew up on the west coast with a passion for the sea, having started sailing at a young age on her grandfather’s wooden sailboat, Panique.  She inherited her love for the sea from her grandpa (and parents) and has spent her life seeking out west coast adventures.Caitie has spent the past couple of years sailing around the Pacific Northwest with Mark, and is super excited to try some warmer winter weather on for size this year.

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Join us, won’t ya?

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  • pat lefroy

    wowed again!! loverly – nice job on blogging…beautiful pix…you will have folks everywhere wishing they were coming along!!

  • http://www.astrolabesailing.com Astrolabe Sailing

    Lovely pics! I look forward to following your adventures! Safe travels.

  • http://www.stellandsnuggs.com Christel Astin

    Nice to meet you here! Maybe our paths will cross this season. We set sail on our 43ft C&C to Bermuda first, November 2, then off to St. Maarten. Best of luck you two! cheers, Christel, Jarad, Arden, lil’ Riley, and our pet snake, Bert aboard Catherine

    • Caitlin Lefroy

      Thanks guys! So glad you found our blog. Maybe we’ll see you down south! Mark used to have a pet snake – amazing that you have one on board (he wants to know what kind it is?!) Fair winds!

  • Mark

    So excited for the two of you!! Enjoy and I look forward to following your journey!!

  • John Power

    Bonne-Chance Markie and Caitie! Be the most proficient sailors and the best ambassadores you can be. Namatse!

  • Ruthann & Kevin

    We are so super excited to follow your journey! “May the road rise to meet you….may the wind be always at your back…may the sun shine warm upon your face…”

  • Ruthann & Kevin

    We are super excited about following your journey! “May the road rise to meet you…. may the wind be always at your back…may the sun shine warm upon your face…”

  • Kevin & Ruthann Browne

    “May the road rise to meet you….may the wind be always at your back…may the sun shine warm upon your face…!”
    (an old irish blessing)

    • Caitlin Lefroy

      Thanks Kev and RA! – Mark

  • http://sbpra.com/kimparrish/ Kim Parrish

    Terrific start(!) to what we all hope &believe will be a remarkable, unforgettable voyage-adventure! Look forward to seeing/hearing more along the way… hugs, Uncle Kim &Hairong (Beijing)

    • Caitlin Lefroy

      Thanks Uncle Kim and HR! Glad you found the blog, and I hope you enjoy our photos and musings along the way :) – Caitie

  • Mike and Masha

    Hi there,
    I grew up in the Vancouver area and built my own 37′ sailboat while I was working in Richmond at Shelter Island Marina. I was building fishing boats there. I sailed the Gulf Islands. Now I’m landlocked in Oregon but the salt never leaves the system once it’s in. Your blog is great. I very much enjoy your story. Love the boat. Lucky you. If you are interested in a good sailing story, here is a link to one that I wrote that takes place in the Gulf Islands. If you read it, let me know what you think. All the best to you both! http://www.amazon.com/Getting-There-Michael-Matthews-ebook/dp/B0088DH11C