Our Family

Meet the Marches…

Bryan and I are an adventurous couple with four children. What could be crazier than taking a baby on 5-day canoe trip? Not much, but buying a sailboat might be up there. We’ve done extensive backpacking and canoe trips in the wilderness as well as bikepacking, hiking, and trail running.  We camp as much as we can and embrace an outdoorsy life. Self-propelled adventure is our thing so it seems only fitting that we would end up buying a sailboat like Azura.

Bryan works in the field of aerospace and automotive manufacturing technology.  He travels extensively for work and likes hobbies that he can immerse himself in… like sailing. He handles all of the technical things on the Azura because that’s his forte. This includes restoring woodwork, dealing with any crazing, and that sort of thing. Bryan also likes to collect gear and his motto is “you can’t afford the cheap stuff.” Eventually he’d like to sail to the British Virgin Islands and beyond.

I’m Laurie… a published cookbook author, freelance writer, and instructor—I teach people how to preserve foods for wilderness backpacking and canoe trips. Suffice it to say I love writing so I’ll be doing most of the writing on the blog. I’m excited about  about the learning curve of cooking on a sailboat as well as our adventures on the open water. While Bryan will do much of the gear testing, I lay claim to reviewing the galley related items. I like to think of myself as artistic and I like to sew which means I get to handle the interior updates.  I would love to spend a summer or two sailing around Georgian Bay.

Bianca is our grown daughter. We don’t get to see her as often as we’d like but she loves spending time on Azura. Bianca possesses all the qualities of a good sailor—she’s cautious, yet adventurous.  She has even been known to bail her Dad out of a sticky situation which I’m not likely to let him live down.

Chad, our eldest son, shares his life with a wonderful lady named Julianna. Chad and Julianna have their hands full with a young son and newborn daughter—our grandchildren. They live in Ottawa, which is a fair distance away, so we haven’t had them out sailing… yet.

Tobias is the teenager of our clan. He gets a little bored with the calm sailing days but he loves it when the wind and waves pick up. Tobias has a keen interest in wilderness survival and being off the grid. He also loves to swim off the back of the sailboat.  I can see him volunteering to climb the mast ladder if the need ever arises.

Kaia is our youngest and full of sailing spirit. When we told her we had purchased a sailboat she exclaimed, “let’s call it the Leaky Beak!”  The Leaky Beak is one of the ships in Disney’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates—I certainly hope Azura doesn’t live up to that nickname. Kaia has big sailing plans that include buried treasure, swimming with the dolphins, meeting a mermaid, and sleepovers. She loves to sit in the bow and feel the spray on her face.

And then there is Thomson, our sailing Shih Tzu. He loves the sailboat and starts to get excited as soon as we turn onto the road that leads into the marina.