Barrie, the Captain of the Alchemy, is good-looking, smart, a great sailor and the author of his own bio. He grew up in England next to the sea, and sailing was an itch he never managed to scratch, short of playing around on small sailing dinghies. A couple of years ago, he started sailing with his family on Lake Champlain in a Cal 29. With three summers’ lake sailing and a single bareboat charter, he has convinced his crew that they really do want to spend half a year cramped into a sailboat too small for them, following the trails of Caribbean Pirates.
The First Mate
First Mate Sarah is a Tennessee mountain girl and a somewhat reluctant sailor who feels more at home in a cold swimmin’ hole with a jar of moonshine than at sea with a bottle of rum. In addition to her Captain and crew, Sarah’s true loves are her friends, Vermont, and dark chocolate. She is a good first mate, a better cook, and a lousy dinghy driver. She enjoys late night phone calls with the Coast Guard, especially when she is sitting at home sipping a glass of her favorite pinot grigio. Sarah hopes to become a more proficient sailor so that if she pushes one of the other crew members overboard, at least she can go back and rescue him.
Peter, the Helmsman is the oldest of the crew at 11. Right now he is the only one of the boys that has been solo sailing in our dinghy, and frequently gets steering responsibility on Alchemy. An avid reader, he likes Percy Jackson a lot. His favorite thing about sailing is driving the boat and least favorite is long sails when it gets boring.
Simon, the Bosun, is 9, and a bundle of energy. He loves climbing and swinging around, which makes him perfect for all those rigging duties. His favorite thing about sailing is snorkeling, swimming and hanging in a hammock. His least favorite is going to bed.
The Cabin Boy
Andrew is our Cabin Boy. He is almost 7. He still needs a lifejacket to swim and is working hard on not needing it. With the cutest smile you could imagine, he helps with all the random stuff that needs doing on a boat. His favorite thing about sailing is swimming and least favorite is that you are stuck in the middle of the sea.