Marie Ungless

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Philosophy

“The most important lesson I’ve learned whilst living onboard Sänna, and the key to my own survival, is to make sure Dave can always find his glasses. Aside from that we’ve both learned to be self sufficient and independent, realising there’s a different way to live our lives. The time we’ve spent as a family with my son Henry and home educating him onboard has been a truly incredible experience that will remain with all three of us for the rest of our lives; it can never be taken away. And we’ve made friends with so many other sail-boat families along the way too.”

Experience

My sailing experience extends to nearly thirty thousand sea miles over a number of the world’s oceans. I’m RYA qualified to Skipper level and, like Dave, hold various other RYA sailing and navigation qualifications. I joined Dave onboard Sänna in 2005 whilst in the Mediterranean, when we spent extended time in Greece and Turkey fitting out Sänna for more long distance cruising; we then carried out more refitting work when reaching Thailand. My experience also includes dinghy sailing, canoeing and advance level scuba diving. Of course, my real skill is feeding my hungry crew – usually on demand and sometimes during quite atrocious conditions.

Other women always ask me two questions when we talk about our life onboard a long distance sailing boat: how do you do your laundry and how do you get along with your husband when there’s just the two of you for such long periods? Please feel free to contact me through our contacts page and I’ll tell you confidentially…

As an aside I’m also a skilled skier and climber having travelled extensively in the Alps, Iceland and SE Asia. My experience as an outward bound Guide leader leading Scouts and Guides in endurance environments serves me well in addition to my not too arduous jungle survival training in Borneo which was all a bit of a joke really… although very interesting.