The Crew






CURRENT CREW

Name : Kat
Year of birth : 2004
Country of origin : Philipines
Length of stay : Since february 2005
Nautical miles sailed : Over 55 000
Places visited : Kingdom of Karaka
Photo
Kat has so far been the most consistent crew member on board karaka. Born on the island of Palawan in the Philipines, she got shangaied one night of february 2005 from the beach restaurant where she was leaving with her family. Since, she has established herself the uncontested queen of the boat. Traveling without a passport she hasn't put paw to shore in years, but seems quite satisfied with her life anyway. She is a fiery, ornery, loud and yet extremely cute little thing. She'll kill for fresh or dried fish and will wake you up at sunrise for a catfood refill. She has no tail, and the reason for that is a secret well garded. Suppositions run from shark bite, pirate stray bullet, engine belt disaster, irate fish fileting crew, giant crab, emergency rations and fashion statement...



REPEAT OFFENDERS

Name : Pierre
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 2 months in 2006, 3 months in 2008, 3 weeks in 2009, 5 months in 2015
Nautical miles sailed : About 4000
Places visited : Tanzania, brazil, guyane francaise, suriname, Cuba, Providencia, Panama, French Polynesia
Photo
Pierre is my younger brother. He got a masters in History, and his memoirs subject was the French east India company, the sailing ships of the 1700... In a lull between two years at university, he bought himself a 125cc Honda bike and came to see me, driving through the Sahara and the jungles of Congo all the way to Tanzania and then spend a couple month a board before heading back to France with his bSike. He came back and spend 3 month on board for the Amazon trip. He also came just after my barracuda accident in Cuba and helped us to sail out of the cyclone zone before the onset of the stormy season. He then went to rebuild and run an hostel/bar in an old colonial house on the island of Sao Tome, off the coast of Africa. After he sold it in 2014 he came to meet us in Tahiti and sailed on Karaka for a while before taking a job as an art teacher in a high school on Hiva Oa, in the marquesas islands.
Pierre is also the one who drew the nice karaka plans.



Name : Alain
Year of birth : 1956
Country of origin : France
Length of stay :
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited :Hong Kong, Philipines, Malaysia, Thailand, Tanzania, Madagascar, South Africa, Suriname, Cuba, Panama, Tahiti, Marquesas
Photo
Alain is my father. "Le pere", as we call him, has been involved with Karaka from the begining, helping on the refit and then visiting every chance he gets. He is a retired meteorologist.



Name : Christine
Year of birth : 1956
Country of origin : France
Length of stay :
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Hong Kong, Philipines, Malaysia, Thailand, Tanzania, Madagascar, Suriname, Panama, Tahiti, Marquesas
Photo
Christine is my mum. "La mere" as we call her, has been coming regularly on Karaka as well. She is a pharmacist.
For those who are traveling Europe and want to experience the deep France, not the France of the cities and consumerism, my parents registered their farm on the WOOFing list. They now take volunteers to share their little bit of paradise in the woods. They are located near Grenoble in the south east. Gps position :45 18.220 N 05 16.320 E. If you are interested you can send me an email directly and I'll pass it to them.



Name : Tara
Year of birth : 1980
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : Twice 6 months - a few weeks here and there - 6 stays total
Nautical miles sailed : 5400
Places visited : Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, French Polynesia
Photo
Tara is a mermaid. Originally from Hawaii, she has been living in Northern California for a while now, where she studied mycology. She first joined us in the carribean and stayed for about six months. Hooked on sailing, she then alternated her life in northern Cal with crew positions on sailboats a bit everywhere. She came to visit several time while we were in La Paz in 2011 and 2012, boatsitting Karaka for us when we went to visit family in france, and finally coming to join us again in december 2012 in Mexico for another six month stint as we sailed down central America. Karaka is definitely her second home at this stage and she is recurent feature on board. She comes and goes as she pleases, usually visiting at least once a year. She has been looking for a boat of her own for a while now, and early 2014 I even went to california to assist her in her search. We didn't find her dream boat but we sailed together back to Tahiti from San Diego as crew on somebody's else boat.



Name : Zach
Year of birth : 1984
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 2 months in 2010, 10 month in 2012/2013
Nautical miles sailed : 9000
Places visited : Costa rica, Mexico, Panama, French polynesia
Photo
Zack comes from Ontario but works a bit everywhere as a sea kayak registered guide and an instructor for OutwardBound, an outdoor non profit organisation that offers courses in survival, hiking, kayaking and the like. He joined us in 2010 in Costa Rica and sailed with us to Mexico and got utterly hooked. For the next couple of years he kept in close contact. After a six month contract in Patagonia and having authored a kayaking guide to Lake Superior, he came back on Karaka and stayed for nearly a year.



Name : Greg
Year of birth : 1967
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 2 months in 2010, a couple of weeks in 2012, 4 months in 2014
Nautical miles sailed : 3500
Places visited : Costa rica, Mexico, French Polynesia
Photo
Greg is a big guy from Texas. He used to work in the advertising section of a leading gay and lesbian newspaper, but following his experience on Karaka he ended up quitting, selling everything and casting off. He came first on the sail from Costa Rica to Mexico. He was so keen on joining the Karaka crew that when we didn't show sign of great interest in his application, he bought an ukulele, learned to play it, wrote a song pleading us to take him, recorded a video of it, and send it to us. Faced with such determination we had no choice but to accept him, and we haven't regretted it one bit. Greg also came to visit us for a couple weeks in Mexico. His last visit was in french polynesia, where he came to boatkeep while I was traveling in California with Tara. He stayed a few months after I came back and then took off on another boat for other adventures. He is now crewing on various boats in the western Pacific.



Name : Kim
Year of birth : 1987
Country of origin : Australia
Length of stay : more than 4 years
Nautical miles sailed : upward of 20 000
Places visited : Grenada, jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, cayman Is., Panama, Colombia, costa Rica, Mexico, Pacific crossing, French Polynesia
Photo
Kim was my girlfriend for four years. We sailed, played music and created wonderful things together. She was integral to the running of the boat, particularly in taking care of the social aspect of the life on board. She spends most of her time in Australia now. Being away from karaka she started running her own projects as she grows on her own and is now working for Oceanswatch Vanuatu. You can check some of her stories HERE



Name : Rick
Year of birth :
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 7 weeks in 2009, 1 months in 2012
Nautical miles sailed : 366
Places visited : Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico
Photo
>Rick comes from Minnesota where he runs a restaurant. He joined us in Jamaica and left us in Cuba after a couple of months on board. Years later, he drove down all the way to come give a hand during the major refit in Mexico in 2012.



Name : Aaron
Year of birth : 1981
Country of origin : Australian
Length of stay : 3 weeks in 2008, 2 months in 2014
Nautical miles sailed : 1000
Places visited : Suriname, Tobago, French Polynesia
Photo
Aaron is a civil engineer. Just after he finished university, and before taking on the job, he went on a travel binge and caught us in extremis in Suriname and sailed with us to Tobago, before continuing toward Haiti where he went volunteering with an NGO(that was before the earthquake). A few years before that, he spent a year in Thailand volunteering on the building of a 100ft wooden schooner and sailed about 20 miles before the ship sank under him. Check here for the details. He came back on Karaka during the second half of 2014 for the trip through the Tuamotus and the Marquesas, sporting a magnificent beard that he eventually sold at auction(!) for charity.



Name : Mike
Year of birth : 1970
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 3 months in 2008, 3 months in 2014
Nautical miles sailed : 4163
Places visited : South Africa, Namibia, St Helena, Brazil, Tahiti
Photo
Mike had been following Karaka for a few years but somehow I refused his application when he asked to join(that happens, I can't take everybody on). Then one day he showed up unexpected in Cape Town and he helped me get the boat ready for the coming crossing. Luckily for him another crew fail to show up, so I took him in and he then sailed with us to Namibia, St Helena and Brazil. He stayed a while with me in Salvador and helped during the haul out there, but had to fly back home shortly after. He accepted to boatsit for me in Tahiti when I took a few month to go help Tara in California in 2014. I only saw him for a couple of weeks there before I left and is the only guy who can boast having spent a few months on board without having to see my ugly mug everyday.



Name : Gwen
Year of birth : 1977
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 2 months in 2005, 4 months in 2007, 6 weeks in 2008
Nautical miles sailed : 7584
Places visited : Hong Kong, Philipines, Seychelles, Chagos, Agalega, Madagascar, Namibia, St Helena, Brazil
Photo
Gwen joined the first time in Hong Kong as I was about to sail away with Karaka for the first time. He was just coming back from 6 months traveling with my older sister in Australia and new Zealand. He then came back 2 years later for the second Chagos expedition in the indian ocean. Despite being a reliable sailor, an excelent crew and a very nice guy, he doesn't sail that much, spending most of his time mountainering and paragliding around the world and in the french Alps where he lives, and eventually working now and then as a physio to finance it all. His last trip onboard was for the Atlantic crossing but he won't have the opportunity to come back in the near future as he is now a dad.



Name : Antoine
Year of birth : 1977
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 5 weeks in 2009, 5 months in 2014
Nautical miles sailed : 2500
Places visited : Madagascar, Mayotte, French Polynesia
Photo
Antoine met Gwen in France while rock climbing and that's how he heard of Karaka. He happened to come to Madagascar while we were there so he came on board for a few weeks, before heading for a canyoning season in La Reunion Island. He came back a few weeks later for the crossing to Mayotte. He travels a lot and works tourist seasons as ski instructor and diving instructor. He came back on board in Tahiti in 2014 for a 5 weeks stopover during his world trip but faced with the underwater scenery of the tuamotus islands he decided to report his departure and stay until the end of that year's sailing season.



Name : Yvan
Year of birth : 1980
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 3 weeks in 2005, 3 weeks in 2007, 3 weeks in 2013
Nautical miles sailed : 100
Places visited : Thailand, South Africa, Tahiti
Photo
Yvan is an old friend who shared a room with me when we were in boarding school, back in the late 90s. He is running the family organic fruit farm in the Rhone valley. He came three times during his holydays to visit me.



Name : Brad
Year of birth : 1981
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 8 months in 2004/2005, 1 month in 2014
Nautical miles sailed : 3000
Places visited : Hong Kong, Philipines, Malaysia, Tuamotus
Photo
Brad was the first to join. He came in Hong Kong to help me refit the boat. He had never sailed before or worked on a boat, but his manual skills were well developped and so he proved extremely helpful. I can say It would have been much harder to get Karaka going without him. He has since sailed on several other ships, passed his yachtmaster and eventually bought a 40ft wooden boat in New Zealand and sailed solo all the way across the pacific and against the wind to San francisco. He is now the happy owner of the Southern Pacific Brewery and spends most of his time surfing and traveling. He came to visit us in the remote atolls of the tuamotus in 2014. He is now looking to get a new boat and go cruising.



PAST CREW
Name : Barbara
Year of birth :
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 2,5 months, Dec. 2016 - Mars 2017
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Eyal
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Isra‘l
Length of stay : 2 months, Dec. 2016 - Mars 2017
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Marc
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Spain
Length of stay : 5 months, Oct. 2016 - Feb 2017
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Clara
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Spain
Length of stay : 2,5 months, Oct. - Dec. 2016
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Micronesia, Papua New Guinea
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Chelsea
Year of birth :
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 3 months, Sept. - Dec. 2016
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Micronesia, Papua New Guinea
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Michael
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 6 months, May - Nov. 2016
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Marshall islands, Micronesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Laura
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Australia
Length of stay : 4 months, Dec. 2015 - April 2016
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall islands, Micronesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Yann
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Tcheck Republic
Length of stay : 4 months, Dec. 2015 - April 2016
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall islands, Micronesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Ben
Year of birth : 1986
Country of origin : United Kingdom
Length of stay : 7 months, Dec. 2015 - July 2016
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall islands, Micronesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Fabien
Year of birth : 1988
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 11 months, February - Dec. 2015
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : French Polynesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Lily
Year of birth : 1987
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 5 months August - Dec. 2015
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : French Polynesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Francois
Year of birth : 1980
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 5 months August - Dec. 2015
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : French Polynesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Dave
Year of birth : 1988
Country of origin : England
Length of stay : 3 months in 2015
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : French Polynesia
Photo
Dave is english to the core. Unfortunately for him he joined in a french speaking country with an almost all french crew, and we french derive endless entertainment at poking fun at our insular neighbors... Poor Dave fared well considered. Beside that he managed to endure us for a few months, and although his fishing skills never reached the master level, he can boast some decent catches...



Name : Lisa
Year of birth : 1993
Country of origin : Norway
Length of stay : 4 months in 2015
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : French Polynesia
Photo
Lisa is young and bright and blond, and towers over everyone else with her viking might. She left her cold and nordic country just time enough for a few months of adventures in the remote atolls of the tuamotus then went back home to continue her theater studies.



Name : Colin
Year of birth : 1993
Country of origin : Scotland
Length of stay : 3 months in 2015
Nautical miles sailed : 0
Places visited : Vairao
Photo
Colin Is a young scottish guy who would go around wearing a kilt and playing a bagpipe if it was practical... Instead he wears a backpack and plays the guitar. We first met him in the Marquesas where he was crew on a very small boat just freshly arrived from the Americas. We saw him and his boat again back in Tahiti and after his skipper kicked him out to make room for his girlfriend, Colin came to live on Karaka. We were settled in the south of Tahiti doing maintenance work during the cyclone season and so he worked hard for his stay.



Name : Celine
Year of birth :
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 2 months in 2015
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Vairao
Photo
Celine was friend of friends and she first joined for a short trip around Tahiti. A while later she found herself without a home and since Karaka was settled for the cyclone season and open to friends and couchsurfers, she brightened our lives with her presence.



Name : Sergei
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Ukraine/USA
Length of stay : 3 months in 2014
Nautical miles sailed : 1200
Places visited : French Polynesia
Photo
Sergei is a russian. No sorry, an ukrainian. No sorry, an american? Confused? No matter, nasderovia, nichevo. Sergei managed to find us in a very remote corner of French polynesia, flying from the US east coast where he lives, and managed in 3 months to see most of the archipelago, from turquoise atolls in the tuamotus, to the wild marquesas islands, and down to idylic Tahiti. And he also swam with sharks, manta rays, dolphins and whales. I don't think he stopped smilling the whole time.



Name : Celine
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 4 months in 2014
Nautical miles sailed : 400
Places visited : French Polynesia
Photo
Celine met Steve, another Karaka crew, while traveling in New Zealand. Steve convinced her Karaka was cool, she contacted me and then flew to Tahiti. During her stay she met Damien, another crew and when after a few amazing months in the Tuamotus Damien had to leave she followed him. She has now settled on a little sailboat anchored in front of the island of Moorea near Tahiti with Damien



Name : Damien
Year of birth :
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 3 months in 2014
Nautical miles sailed : 200
Places visited : French Polynesia
Photo
Damien is a gifted guitarist and teaches music on the island of Moorea near Tahiti. He was the neighbor of some friends of mine and when I found myself short of crew to sail from Moorea to Tahiti he came along. Sharing a passion for free diving and spearfishing, we kept in contact and when he got word that I had room for a Tuamotu trip he couldn't resist and came to meet us there. When eventually he had to reluctantly leave, he took Celine along. After much deliberation he bought himself a 31ft sloop for a song and now lives on it.



Name : Margot
Year of birth :
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 3 months in 2014
Nautical miles sailed : 300
Places visited : French Polynesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Steve
Year of birth : 1980
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 11 months in 2012/2013
Nautical miles sailed : 8000
Places visited : Costa rica, Mexico
Photo
Steve describes himself as a beach bum. Hailing from San Diego, California, he spent years as an actual bum on the beach. Since then he has lived and worked all over the States in a semi nomadic way. For years with his brother they had a dream of going sailing, so when his brother sadly passed away he decided to make that dream a reality. He rode his motorbike down Baja California to meet us in Puerto Escondido and sailed with us for a month before riding back to San Diego to sell his car and most of his stuff to be able to come join Karaka for the Pacific trip.



Name : Pam
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 5 months in 2013
Nautical miles sailed : 4500
Places visited : Costa rica, Panama, French Polynesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Michaela
Year of birth : 1981
Country of origin : New Zealand
Length of stay : 5 months in 2013
Nautical miles sailed : 5 000
Places visited : Costa rica, Panama, French Polynesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Louis
Year of birth : 1992
Country of origin : Quebec
Length of stay : 5 months in 2013
Nautical miles sailed : 4 500
Places visited : Panama, French Polynesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Elena
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Bulgaria
Length of stay : 3 months in 2013
Nautical miles sailed : 4 000
Places visited : Panama, French Polynesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Eric
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 3 months in in 2012/2013
Nautical miles sailed : 2500
Places visited : Costa rica, Mexico
Photo
Eric comes from Brittish Colombia in Canada. After finishing school, and quitting a carreer in motocross, he went backpacking and hoped trains and hitch hiked across Canada, until he found himself caught up by winter in Newfoundland. Looking for a warm place to go, he contacted us and joined in Mexico and sailed all the way down to Costa Rica. From there he left to go backbacking in Central America. Being raised on a farm, trained as an engineer and having raced bikes semi professionaly, Eric is very practical and technically minded, and he was a great help on the boat.



Name : Genny
Year of birth : 1976
Country of origin :
Length of stay : 15 weeks in 2008/2009, 1 week in 2013
Nautical miles sailed : 1600
Places visited : Tobago, Grenadines, Grenada, Jamaica, Cuba, Costa Rica
Photo
Genny is a bartender in Yosemite national Park. She first joined Karaka in 2008 in Tobago and sailed in the carribean for a few months. She was supposed to come join the crew again In Costa Rica in 2013 with her boyfriend Daniel, but the trip down from Mexico took longer than expected and they didn't get the chance to sail very much with us. They still managed to crew for some short trips in Northern costa Rica.



Name : Simon
Year of birth : 1968
Country of origin : Slovenia
Length of stay : 3 months in 2012/2013
Nautical miles sailed : 2200
Places visited : Costa rica, Mexico
Photo
Simon is a film maker. He contacted me in 2011 with a documentary film project about Karaka. He wanted to record the lifestyle we have on board and how it affects the crew and the people we meet. He was interested in showing our experiences as an example of the way modern society is currently changing, and how people like us can be the triggers for it. He has founded an independent label called onionfilms, and won awards for previous films he shot and directed. For the Karaka film he resorted to crowdfunding to finance the project, raising thousands of dollars in a few weeks via donations on the internet. He then flew to meet us in La Paz in Mexico and started shooting everything we did and interviewing everybody. We took him offshore on the long trip down to Costa Rica and altogether he got over 60 hours of footage, roughly one terabytes of data. That was in 2012. The film is still in post production but Simon assures me regularly that he still works on it now and then and that something will come of it eventually. Check onionfilms.de for updates.



Name : Cesar
Year of birth : 1987
Country of origin : Mexico
Length of stay : 2 months in 2012/2013
Nautical miles sailed : 2200
Places visited : Costa rica, Mexico
Photo
We first met Cesar during the first big party we had on board after we arrived in La Paz in january 2011. A biology student at the local university, he was invited by some other people we ourselves had invited. He quickly proved himself the life of any party, not only for his sunny personality but also because he would never show up without a retinue of pretty girls and a bottle of the best tequila available. When we left for the Pacific on Orianne he asked us for a genuine australian didgeridoo, for which he paid with 5 liter of his wonderful tequila. He gets that aged organic tequila directly from a small producer His family knows in Jalisco. When we came back to La Paz late 2012, he expressed an interest in crewing on Karaka for a while. We had to wait for him to finish the last of his veterinarian exams before we set sail for Costa Rica. He came on board with over 20 liters of his tequila as a trading good, planning on financing his trip by reselling it along the way.



Name : Kari
Year of birth :
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 2 months in 2012
Nautical miles sailed : 300
Places visited : Mexico
Photo
Kari grew up in Senegal with her missionary parents. Prior to joining Karaka she spent 7 months hiking the appalachian trail. She sailed with us in the Sea of Cortez and stayed on Karaka as a boatsitter while we went to visit family in France. She also happened to be in Costa Rica while we were there in 2013 and so hung out with us a bit then.



Name : Dylan
Year of birth : 1991
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 1 month in 2012
Nautical miles sailed : 150
Places visited : Mexico
Photo
Dylan contacted us via couchsurfing wanting to join the crew. We were just about to set sail for some Sea of Cortez islands at the time so we told her to meet us at some tiny fishing village on the coast in a week's time. Having engine problems we finally arrived at that spot under sail alone, having heard no more from her at all. The next day she showed up, having carried her banjo through some of the worse roads of Baja. She significantly raised the quality of the music we played on board, and was a big drive in getting the crew to play open mike events in La Paz.



Name : Peter
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Austria
Length of stay : 2 months in 2012
Nautical miles sailed : 300
Places visited : Mexico
Photo
Peter is a photographer/cameraman. He works on movies in Austria and take great photos as a hobby. We met him through a friend in La Paz with whom he was romantically involved. But sadly the love story turned sour and he asked us to take him away from the place. He sailed with us in the Sea of Cortez and although he was a mountain guy he took to the sea very fast and even became quite good at free diving.



Name : Martin
Year of birth : 1986
Country of origin : Spain
Length of stay : 8 months in 2010/2011 and another 5 months crossing the Pacific on our other boat Orianne in 2011.
Nautical miles sailed : 3000 on Karaka, 9000 on Orianne
Places visited : Costa rica, Mexico, Orianne
Photo
Martin hails from Menorca, a spannish island in the Med. His sister Eva sailed with us in the Carribean. Martin, seduced by the life afloat, joined us in Costa Rica in 2010. Once we arrived in La Paz in Mexico, instead of going his way he stayed with us, and invested in Orianne, the 40ft sailboat we bought there. He then took part in the refit, and was one of the four crew to sail that boat to Australia in 2011, the others being Kim, Alex Belmont and Me. He parted way with the Orianne crew after we reached Australia, we did actually leave him on a deserted island. He was okay though, it was the wonderful Percy Island, Kim's childhood haunts. Martin has a very strong personality and it was quite an experience to be living with him for over a year.



Name : Jamie
Year of birth : Australia
Country of origin :
Length of stay : 3 months in 2011
Nautical miles sailed : 0
Places visited : Mexico
Photo
Jamie is from Tasmania. She was backpacking in Baja California and got in touch with us via couchsurfing. We offered her a couch while we were anchored in La Paz during the refit of Orianne. She ended up staying three months...



Name : Alex
Year of birth : 1976
Country of origin : Sweden
Length of stay : 2 months in 2010
Nautical miles sailed : 3000
Places visited : Costa rica, Mexico
Photo
Alex is a theater producer in Sweden. In his spare time he sails a little sailboat he owns. He joined in Costa Rica and sailed with us to Mexico.



Name : Rachel
Year of birth : 1978
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 7 weeks in 2010
Nautical miles sailed : 751
Places visited : Panama, Costa Rica
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Cyril
Year of birth : 1974
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 7 weeks in 2010
Nautical miles sailed : 751
Places visited : Panama, Costa Rica
Photo
Cyril was backpacking around Central America, just about to head to Colombia to pass his Dive Master certificate, when he contacted us via couchsurfing. He ended up sailing with us to Costa Rica.



Name : Ashlyn
Year of birth : 1980
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 7 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 751
Places visited : Panama, Costa Rica
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Lucie
Year of birth : 1978
Country of origin : UK
Length of stay : 7 weeks in 2010
Nautical miles sailed : 751
Places visited : Panama, Costa Rica
Photo
Lucie is an english pixie. She is small but fierce. When she is not snowboarding in the alps where she owns a small business, she sails around on various ships, travels all over the place and doesn't let life make hte better of her. She is the one who had the dubious honnor of cleaning up all the long dead cockroaches inside Karaka when she stayed on board in the yard in Mexico while we were away sailing Orianne to Australia.



Name : Sam
Year of birth : 1986
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 7 weeks in 2010
Nautical miles sailed : 751
Places visited : Panama, Costa Rica
Photo
Sam is an activist from Oregon. He's been deeply involved with the Occupy movement and of late has been tackling various issues in his community in Portland. He makes a living selling t-shirt designs on line, Check www.lonelydinausaur.com



Name : Ben
Year of birth : 1978
Country of origin : UK
Length of stay : 8 weeks in 2010
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Jamaica, Cayman islands, Providencia, Panama
Photo
Ben is from Bristol in England, where he used to runs a pub. Following his stay on Karaka he tried to be more conscious of his impact on the world and decided to start a permaculture farm.



Name : Dana
Year of birth : 1980
Country of origin : Syria/France
Length of stay : 3 months in 2010
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Cuba, Jamaica, Cayman islands, Providencia, Panama
Photo
Dana lives in the Middle East, mostly in the Emirates. She works in PR for a firm and rides motorcross in her free time. She had just been laid off from her job and came crewing with us for a few months before commiting to a new one.



Name : Eva
Year of birth : 1977
Country of origin : Spain
Length of stay : 3 months in 2010
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Jamaica, Cayman islands, Providencia, Panama
Photo
Eva is From the Balearic islands in the mediteranean. She is married to Sergio, who was also a crew. They both live in London. Eva is also the older sister of long time crew member Martin.



Name : Sergio
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Spain
Length of stay : 3 months in 2010
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Jamaica, Cayman islands, Providencia, Panama
Photo
Sergio is spannish from the Baleares islands, but works in IT in London. He joined us in the western carribean with his wife Eva. They unfortunately had to leave us early for medical reasons.



Name : Elan
Year of birth : 1981
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 13 weeks in 2010
Nautical miles sailed : 1256
Places visited : Jamaica, Cuba
Photo
When he isn't living in his backyard yurt, Elan is a stone mason, firetwirler, drum player, caterer, leather worker and jeweler, attending a lot of festivals and traveling around in his RV, busking.



Name : Kway
Year of birth : 1980
Country of origin : Philipines/Alaska
Length of stay : 23 weeks in 2009/2010
Nautical miles sailed : 3155
Places visited : Panama, Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba
Photo
Kway was a professional fisherman on Kodiak Island at the time we met him. He grew up in Phillipines and went to school in North Carolina. He did catch quite a lot of fish. He is now engaged in medical studies, planning to used his newly aquired skills to help people all around the world while he travels.



Name : Jody
Year of birth : 1966
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 2 months in 2010
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti
Photo
Jody is an artist, she mostly paints. She one day sold all her stuff, said good by to her old life and went on an exploration trip that took her on Karaka and around the carribean.



Name : Chris
Year of birth : 1974
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 10 weeks in 2009, 6 weeks in 2010
Nautical miles sailed : 796
Places visited : Panama, colombia, Jamaica, Haiti
Photo
Chris is a jack of all trade but moslty a luthier, a biologist and a social worker. He is a environmental activist who did work in the Nevada desert on turtoise conservation, he skates, plays guitar and hops trains. He spent 2 months and an half with us on the summer of 2009 and came back with his lovely lady Lauren for more adventures in Jamaica and Haiti in 2010.



Name : Lauren
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : USA/New Zealand
Length of stay : 3 months in 2009/2010, A couple of weeks in 2011.
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti
Photo
Lauren was Chris's girlfriend at the time of her stay with us. She is a mad trainhopping anarchist lady from the states who spends her summers watching desert tortoises for a conservation NGO and getting up to all sorts of antics. She also helped us on the Orianne refit in mexico in 2011.



Name : Mike
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 10 weeks in 2009
Nautical miles sailed : 796
Places visited : Panama, Colombia
Photo
Mike is a geologist who managed to get good enough contracts that he can travel half the year. His original plan was to explore South America but he came with us instead to sail the carribean coast of Panama. He is now married to Silke and they live in switzerland.



Name : Silke
Year of birth : 1978
Country of origin : Austria
Length of stay : 10 weeks in 2009
Nautical miles sailed : 796
Places visited : Panama, Colombia
Photo
Silke is the manager of an hotel in the moutains of switzerland. She was about to fly back when she met us (or Mike eh?) but postponed her return to sail with us for a couple months. She is now married to Mike.



Name : Dori
Year of birth : 1985
Country of origin : Hungary
Length of stay : 10 weeks in 2009
Nautical miles sailed : 796
Places visited : Panama, Colombia
Photo
Dori was Manuel's girlfriend and a psychologist. Together they have traveled to many remote areas of the globe. They were couchsurfing down central america before they came sailing with us.



Name : Manuel
Year of birth : 1985
Country of origin : Germany
Length of stay : 10 weeks in 2009
Nautical miles sailed : 796
Places visited : Panama, Colombia
Photo
Manuel is an economy student who did the last bit of his study while sailing with us. He passed his exams in Bogota just after leaving us. He is now a reknown photographer.



Name : Brandon
Year of birth : 1984
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 2 months in 2009
Nautical miles sailed : 877
Places visited : Cuba, Providencia, Panama
Photo
Brandon works on an oil rig in the canadian north and always has a few months off in spring while the ice thaw and the ground is too soft for the heavy machinery that he takes care of. He joined us in Cuba in 2009. He is the one who was with me when I got my barracuda adventure and who saved my life.



Name : Christine
Year of birth : 1968
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 44 weeks in 2008/2009
Nautical miles sailed : 4880
Places visited : Brasil, Guyane Francaise, Suriname, Tobago, Grenadines, Grenada, Jamaica, Cuba
Photo
Christine worked for several years in a framing company in Vancouver, but being a rootsy goth girl with a punk history she didn't feel satisfied with the lifestyle and took a year off to go explore herself and the planet. She seemed to find the karaka experience adequate for that purpose and after more than 8 months on board, the year off has turned into a lifestyle change. She is still out there, now the manager of an hotel on Curacao.



Name : Kaleigh
Year of birth : 1978
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 9 weeks in 2009
Nautical miles sailed : 1400
Places visited : Grenada, Jamaica, Cuba
Photo
Kaleigh works as a cook in her family restaurant in Manitoba. She was particularly excited about visiting Jamaica, having a soft spot for reggae and jamaicans. She spent about a year in Mexico, so her spanish came handy in Cuba. She also makes her own jewelry.



Name : Chris
Year of birth : 1954
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 10 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 1691
Places visited : Suriname, Tobago, Grenadines, Grenada, Jamaica
Photo
Chris is From ontario where he spends a lot of time living on an island on a lake. We had some of the most intense philosophical conversation(not to say arguments) together, but despite this we're still good friends.



Name : Ludovit
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Czech Republic
Length of stay : 6 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 900
Places visited : brasil, Guyane francaise, suriname
Photo
Ludovit spent 3 years in Iceland working in the fishing industry before joining Karaka in Breves on the Amazon just before we disappeared into the jungle. He left a few weeks later in Suriname and as far as I can tell he has been traveling ever since in South America.



Name : Alejandro
Year of birth : 1976
Country of origin : Argentina
Length of stay : 5 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 1883
Places visited : brasil
Photo
Ale has worked for a few years on a luxury cruise liner, accumulating money with the goal of buying his own sailboat and cruise the world. He came on Karaka with the idea of gaining first hand experience and his projects worked out as he is now sailing in the Carribean with his girlfriend, taking crew now and then. Check his website. He is a dive instructor and an avid kite surfer.



Name : Tobin
Year of birth : 1987
Country of origin : UK/USA
Length of stay : 1 month
Nautical miles sailed : 920
Places visited : Brazil
Photo
Tobin was born in Uganda, or somewhere in the area and grew up in Kenya. He studied sustainable development at McGill university in Montreal and is now working as a Photographer in Kenya.



Name : Erin
Year of birth : 1987
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 5 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 265
Places visited : Brazil
Erin is a biologist from Northern California who takes the time to go on a trip every summer. She has a keen interest in the outdoor and sailing and has already sailed around Ireland as crew on a yacht. She was considering buying a boat and sail on her own at some point and came to learn what life afloat really is.



Name : JC
Year of birth : 1981
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 7 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 3365
Places visited : Namibia, St Helena, Brazil
Photo
Jc is a consultant, and was working in Barcelona before coming on Karaka. He built himself a cabin in the Colorado mountains where he plans to retire in hermitage for a year. He joined last minute for the Atlantic crossing.



Name : Mel
Year of birth : 1963
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 6 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 3355
Places visited : Namibia, St Helena, Brazil
Photo
Mel is a seasoned traveler who was 9 months into a trans-african trip when he met Tim, an ex-crew member from Germany, who convinced him to join karaka. He sailed with us across the Atlantic and left in Salvador de Bahia to go traveling inland.



Name : Michelle
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 15 months and 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 8261
Places visited : Tanzania, Seychelles, Chagos, Agalega, Madagascar, Mayotte, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia
Photo
Michelle is a forest fire-fighter in Ontario. When she is not frantically trying to catch some fish, she likes to dance, cook, perform magic, write poetry and ponder on anarchist theories, amongst many other things.She was my girlfriend and first mate but we eventually broke up and she took the opportunity to gain experience and new skills on the tallship Heraclitus where she was second-mate for a while. She eventually left that ship also and now she is sailing in the caribean on a cooking tour. Check her website here.



Name : Gal
Year of birth : 1985
Country of origin : Israel
Length of stay : 1 month
Nautical miles sailed : 836
Places visited : Mozambique
Photo
Gal was traveling for about 8 months in southern africa before learning about us by chance through a man who gave Kathie a lift one day. She sailed with us from Pemba to the Bazaruto before rushing back to Israel to set up a tour company and come back as a guide in Mozambique.



Name : Tim
Year of birth : 1985
Country of origin : Germany
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 261
Places visited : Mozambique
Photo
Tim was traveling with a friend when we met them in Pemba, Mozambique. They were supposed to be at university in Dar Es Salaam but figured the best place to learned about a culture is not in a classroom. Sarah stayed only one night on board but Tim stayed about 15 days before he went traveling to Malawi with Kathie and Sarah.



Name : Kathie
Year of birth : 1981
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 1 month
Nautical miles sailed : 461
Places visited : Mayotte, Mozambique
Photo
Kathie came from the Deep South: Louisiana. She joined in Mayotte and sailed with us to Mozambique. She decided the back packer scene in Pemba was to good to miss and she stayed there, eventually travelling inland to Malawi and further.



Name : Greg
Year of birth : 1974
Country of origin : France / USA
Length of stay : 4 months
Nautical miles sailed : 4016
Places visited : Tanzania, Seychelles, Chagos, Agalega, Madagascar
Photo
Greg roams the world in search of enlightenment and got through a sailing phase. He finances his travels by selling his photos and doing leatherwork. You can learn more about him through his personal website



Name : Dodo
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 3 months
Nautical miles sailed : 1190
Places visited : Madagascar, Mayotte, Mozambique, Tanzania
Photo
Dodo is Gwen's little brother, but that's not the only reason we like him... Dodo is a natural mood enhancer, he always got a smile on, even when he is arguing your brains out on some very deep thoughts. He brought me my new accordion, but probably used it more than me...



Name : Mat
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : South Africa
Length of stay : 3 months
Nautical miles sailed : 1190
Places visited : Madagascar, Mayotte, Mozambique, Tanzania
Photo
Mat was born in Zimbabwe, from South African parents. He grew up in various parts of East Africa, before heading for The UK to become a Civil engineer, his aim being to be able to help develop Africa, an endeavour his parents are deeply involved in. He was trying to organise a land trip through Africa when he found this website, and decided then it was too amazing to let the opportunity pass.



Name : Paul
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 2 months
Nautical miles sailed : 2256
Places visited : Maldives, Chagos, Madagascar
Photo
Paul is half Cree from his mother and comes from the real north, where the sun shines only half the year. He joined in the Maldives with no sailing experience and crossed the Indian Ocean with us, stopping in Chagos a few weeks on the way. He plays good guitar and we had some very nice music sessions, especially around a fire on the beach in Solomon atoll. He left when we arrived in Madagascar to go travelling on his own.



Name : Shaun
Year of birth :
Country of origin : South Africa
Length of stay : 2 months
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Maldives, Chagos, Madagascar
Photo
Shaun is a surfer from the Cape Town area and he looks like it too. He is a part time model as well. He joined at the same time as Paul in the Maldives and left as well in Madagascar, carrying his surfboard...



Name : Francesco
Year of birth : 1970
Country of origin : Italy
Length of stay : 6 months
Nautical miles sailed : 4084
Places visited : Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Chagos
Photo
Francesco is an old shipmate of mine, from the times when I was sailing on the schooner Ranger in Central America. We always kept in touch and after several adventures all over the seas, he finally accepted my invitation to join as first mate when i was getting ready to cross the Indian Ocean. Everybody loves his bikinis. He got some nice pictures on www.flickr.com/photos/64405703@N00/ from his time on Karaka, and now he has his own ship, and is cruising in the Indian Ocean.
He is looking for crew so for those looking for a crew position, go check his site



Name : Adam
Year of birth : 1978
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 6 months
Nautical miles sailed : 4084
Places visited : Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Chagos
Photo
Adam is an anarchist punk who sometime works as a forest fire fighter. He is from North California. He has been travelling with his girlfriend Pascale a lot and came to experience sailing, as a form of alternative way of life. They now have started to develop a piece of land of their own somewhere in the woods, which is likely to be one of the best spot to be on Earth beside Karaka.



Name : Pascale
Year of birth : 1975
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 6 months
Nautical miles sailed : 4084
Places visited : Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Chagos
Photo
Pascale is a journalist from Montreal. Adam is her boyfriend.



Name : Josh
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : Australia
Length of stay : 3 months
Nautical miles sailed : 3278
Places visited : Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, Chagos
Photo
Josh comes from Queensland. He met us a little bit by luck when we were in Phuket, Thailand, and he ended up coming with us across the Indian Ocean. we had some trouble getting along, and he left in the Maldives. He's been on boats all his life, got over 1100 dives under his belt and was planning on refitting his father's 40ft steel sloop.



Name : Jenny
Year of birth :
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 3 months
Nautical miles sailed : 2935
Places visited : Malaysia, Maldives, Chagos
Photo
Jennie has travelled extensively in the past as part of her job as a tourist guide but never sailed before. She learned on our way to the Chagos, and left at the same time as Josh. She also went to crew for Francesco on Keturah at some point.



Name : Brian
Year of birth : 1981
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 2 months
Nautical miles sailed : 645
Places visited : Thailand, Malaysia
Photo
Brian flew from New Zealand where he was travelling for several months to join Karaka. He went back there after he left us before heading to Europe for further adventures. He since has sailed across the indian Ocean on another boat and showed up when we were in Zanzibar and stayed on Karaka again for a few days.
He has now bought and refited his own boat is sailing in the caribean. He is looking for crew, check his website.



Name : Rudy
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 3 months
Nautical miles sailed : 1142
Places visited : Thailand, Malaysia
Photo
Rudy is from Nashville. I won't write much about him because he doesn't like when people talk behind his back... I'll just say We did our best to save this poor victim of conservative protestant corporate America. You can see his little blog with some pics here.



Name : Pui Ling (Crystal)
Year of birth : 1970
Country of origin : Hong Kong
Length of stay : 2 months
Nautical miles sailed : 20
Places visited : Hong Kong
Photo
Crystal" Cheung Pui Ling is a Hong Kong chinese. She was my girlfriend while I was refitting Karaka. She sailed with us on the first few day trips but she stayed in Hong Kong.



SHORT TERM CREW

Name : Flo
Year of birth :
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : French Polynesia
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Jacques
Year of birth :
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 1 week
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Tahiti
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Marine et Julien
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Tahiti
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Tuamotus
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Marine et Mathieu
Year of birth :
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 3 weeks
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Tahiti
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Dayan
Year of birth :
Country of origin :
Length of stay :
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited :
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Denise
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Germany
Length of stay :
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited :
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Benedikt
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Germany
Length of stay :
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Costa rica, panama
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Marta
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Spain
Length of stay :
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited : Costa rica, panama
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Carola y Esteban
Year of birth : 1985
Country of origin : Argentina
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 100
Places visited : Mexico
Photo
Carola and Esteban contacted us via couchsurfing asking for a place to stay for a night while we were in puerto Escondido. They were backpacking around Mexico at the time financing their trip by selling art and crafts they would produce on the road. We convinced them to sail with us and sample the sailing lifestyle for a couple of weeks. Their accent and their virtual lack of english knowledge turned Karaka into an argentinian speaking boat for a while.



Name : Cher
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Australia
Length of stay : 3 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 300
Places visited : Costa rica
Photo
Cher is a punk. Dreadlocks mohawk, homemade tattoos, piercings, she is one fierce lady. She met up with us on the recomendation of a friend of hers that we met in Panama through couchsurfing. She was at the time carrying a small beat up guitar and backpacking around central america, hoping trains, hitch-hiking and generally roughing it. She hanged out for a while and sailed most of the costarican coast on Karaka.



Name : Laura
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Australia
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 200
Places visited : Costa rica
Photo
Laura was in Costa Rica when we got there in 2010, working in a wildlife sanctuary. Although she had never met Kim, they both shared dozens of friends back in Brisbane. she came to meet us and stayed a while, sailing a bit in Costa Rica. She also visited us another time in Mexico.



Name : Caitlin
Year of birth : 1978
Country of origin : Austria
Length of stay : 3 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 186
Places visited : Panama
Photo
Caitlin is a masseuse/physiotherapist who got her training in a Deepak Chopra center. She was taking a break from he work as a volunteer on an organic farm in Costa Rica when she joined us for the trip to San Blas where she mastered the knee dance and conch eating with first class honours.



Name :
Year of birth :
Country of origin :
Length of stay :
Nautical miles sailed :
Places visited :
Photo
The lack of profile is not a reflection of the crewmember's popularity, merely a sign of laziness from Tom's part to update the website .



Name : Jillayne
Year of birth : 1985
Country of origin : USA
Length of stay : 3 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 794
Places visited : Cuba, Providencia, Panama
Photo
Jillayne is from Texas, but has been living in Northen California for a while, working on a farm. She studied latin dance for a while, so was excited to join us in Cuba. We had a great time in Isla providencia before she left to go traveling in latin America.



Name : Ammy
Year of birth : 1986
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 316
Places visited : Jamaica, Cuba
Photo
Ammy met Kaleigh and Genny in a club in Montego bay, Jamaica, a few days before we were to sail to Cuba. She had already been to Cuba 8 times and loved it, so since she had a month to kill before going back to university in Montreal, she came along.



Name : Ardy
Year of birth : 1979
Country of origin : Netherlands
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 532
Places visited : Brasil
Photo
Ardy was Ale's girlfriend at the time and seemed to share his dream of buying a sailboat. She was also working on the cruise liner.



Name : Sarim
Year of birth : 1978
Country of origin : Pakistan/ Canada
Length of stay : 3 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 905
Places visited : Brasil
Photo
Sarim was born in Pakistan but is now living in Toronto where he works for a developer. He took 3 weeks off works to come experience the life afloat.



Name : Damien
Year of birth : 1980
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 10 days
Nautical miles sailed : 100
Places visited : Brazil
Photo
Damien has been traveling for a few years around the world while studying for a doctorate about teaching techniques for foreign students learning french. He spent the last year studying in Rio and was taking a couple months to travel around before going back to France. He joined shortly around Bahia, but the sailing lifestyle didn't suit him, or he didn't suit the sailing lifestyle, and he went away to go explore the north coast with his bicycle.



Name : Marco
Year of birth : 1967
Country of origin : Italy
Length of stay : 3 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 838
Places visited : South Africa
Photo
Marco has his life set up. For 9 months he his a cop in Rome, then for 3 months he travels the world. Sailing his not realy his thing but this year he came to South Africa, so he contacted me and joined for the rough trip around the cape.



Name : Jackie
Year of birth : 1972
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 3 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 133
Places visited : Madagascar
Photo
Jackie used to be a colleague of Michelle's back in Canada. She came for a trip in Madagascar and stayed on the boat around Nosy Be for a while before falling prey to the tropical lifestyle ashore.



Name : Leila
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 3 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 269
Places visited : Tanzania
Photo
Leila was at school with my brother Pierre when they were younger, and she even lived a couple months at my parents place at one point. She happened to be travelling in the area so she contacted me and then came spend some time on board, before continuing on her trip. She is an art student.



Name : Jasmine
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : Canada
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 216
Places visited : Malaysia, Thailand
Photo
Jasmine was backpacking for 9 month when she planned a couple weeks in a thai resort. She then realized sailing on Karaka would be better, so she came with us instead.



Name : Kim
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : France
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 216
Places visited : Malaysia, Thailand
Photo
Kim came for a short holyday with her boyfriend Martin. They were studying in Paris at the time.



Name : Martin
Year of birth : 1983
Country of origin : Switzerland
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 216
Places visited : Malaysia, Thailand
Photo
Martin is a funny swiss, Kim's boyfriend. They met in Ivory Coast while volonteering. They now have a baby.



Name : VJ
Year of birth : 1967
Country of origin : Malaysia
Length of stay : 3 days
Nautical miles sailed : 75
Places visited : Malaysia
Photo
VJ is a malaysian businessman, based in Kuala Limpur. He contacted me when in holyday in Langkawi and joined for a few days. Unfortunatly for him, the weather turned to very rough, and he didn't enjoy his trip as much as he expected.



Name : Saoirse
Year of birth : 1985
Country of origin : Ireland
Length of stay : 3 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 298
Places visited : Malaysia, Thailand
Photo
Saoirse was a young Photography student in San francisco, who came to Asia to explore the world. She was carrying 4 cameras. You can check her portfolio here.



Name : Deepak
Year of birth :
Country of origin : Hong Kong
Length of stay : 3 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 1022
Places visited : Malaysia
Photo
Deepak was running the family import business in Hong Kong when he decided to take some time off. He sailed with us across the China sea. He is now married and living in Thailand.



Name : Robyn
Year of birth :
Country of origin : USA/Philipines
Length of stay : 2 weeks
Nautical miles sailed : 148
Places visited : Philipines
Photo
Robyn grew up in the states from a philipina family. She was on a back-to-the-roots trip, backpacking around the philipines, when she had the opportunity to sail with us. In the short time she stayed on Karaka, she had time to learn how to set the boat to self steer, drop several mango shakes and do a couple seizings. Here is a link to some of the pictures she took while on board.