THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
WHO WE ARE
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where in grade school I consistently scored my lowest marks in a behavioral category they called “self control”—and this will come as no surprise to anybody who knows me! My life has always been a reflection of my passionate pursuit of all things which satisfy my deepest cravings and curiosities for connection, fun, adventure, and exploration. My frequent comparison to "Peter Pan" is a playful badge I wear with great pride—work less, play more! Although my playful desires have evolved and expanded over the years—from backpacking across the wilderness of the western United States, to dance music festivals and events, to Burning Man, and now sailing around the world—I’ve always cherished the opportunities to plan events which bring together friends from all over to join in whatever shenanigans we create. Neverland represents the next stage of bringing together all of my passions and spending more of my life doing what I LOVE!
I first learned to sail at scout camp in the lakes of Florida. After a 20 year hiatus from sailing, I convinced our hotel staff in Thailand to let me take out one of their beach catamarans for an unsupervised day sail, but only after grand exaggeration of my sailing experience convinced them that I knew what I was doing (I didn’t). A few hours of playing with the sails and racing up and down the coast of Phuket was all it took—sailing was something I simply had to learn more about and craft the next phase of my life around. I was hooked!
After two weeks of sailing school in the Virgin Islands, my third week of sailing was in Croatia where I had bareboat chartered a catamaran for a week and filled it with adventurous (and very trusting!) friends. We sailed, we dove in underwater caves, we scaled rock walls and cliff dived, we drug anchors and flipped dinghies, we cooked great feasts and had floating dance parties under the moonlight in our own private coves, we had epic bike rides along the coast and toured wineries in convertibles, and we reveled in the wonder of it all! Since that incredible and memorable virgin voyage, I’ve been organizing sailing adventures all over the world, and I’m so excited to continue building this company and this dream with the most incredible partner I could have ever hoped for. Eryn and I can’t wait to share our fun with you!
I'm so glad you meandered your way through the deep and mysterious layers of the internet to find our site. My name is Eryn and I'm the Admiral of this ridiculousness. John likes to joke that he's in charge of the boat—and I'm in charge of everything. (While I don't know about all that!) I do know we make a great team - and you have to admit, Admiral Eryn has a pretty cool ring to it. I've loved boats and being on the water for as long as I can remember.
My summers growing up revolved around tubing on Lake Michigan behind my grandfather's bowrider and playing King of the Hill with my cousins on a makeshift island of floating rafts. When my grandparents decided they were done with winter and moved to Florida, my parents followed suit and we left Chicago to
keep playing on the boat stay close to family.
In high school and college I stayed close to the water, playing in the gulf and nearly breaking bones during what would eventually be called the "Triple Tube Carnage Summer" of 2014.
My first sailing experience was a day out in the gulf on a small sweet monohull. It was winter and chilly but the thrill of riding the wind took hold of me and hasn't let go.
Quickly after meeting John, we took our first big trip to sail around Turkey and that's when our adventures together really began.
Just at that perfect moment in our lives when our stars had aligned over so serendipitously. One fantastic date at a Japanese restaurant in Denver was all it took to ignite the spark. As we rode around the city on Eryn’s scooter on our way to after-dinner drinks, John asked if she would join him and some friends the very next day on a road trip in their Burning Man “art bus” to Further Future, a start-up music and arts festival in the desert near Las Vegas. His friends thought he was crazy for bringing some random girl he had JUST MET. Eryn loved that John was so open to bringing some girl he had JUST MET.
After several weeks, we moved in together. A few weeks later we moved to Europe for the summer. After getting engaged a year later, we moved back to Europe and have lived in Amsterdam for the past two years. In December of 2017 we were married alongside friends and our OG Yacht Squad on the stunning island of Bora Bora. We love our crazy, adventure-filled, fast-paced lifestyle and can’t wait for whatever comes next!
In a new Fountaine-Pajot Saba 50 sailing catamaran, which will be based in the Virgin Islands. Our fantastic crew Marcus and Sara will offer all-inclusive charters beginning in the fall of 2016.
A couple of sailing trips per year, all around the world. Each adventure is completely unique and based on the interests of our group and the amazing location we’ll be exploring together. Past trips have included Croatia's Dalmatian coast, Australia's Whitsunday Islands, Turkey, the Bahamas, Ibiza for the 2016 opening parties, Italy along the Amalfi coast, and most recently the society islands in French Polynesia.
To transition to a full-time global cruising lifestyle. In a few years, we’ll be finishing the rat race to move aboard SV Neverland and begin offering worldwide sailing adventures all year long. We have big dreams, ambitious routes, and we plan to connect with friends—old and new—as we slowly sail our way around this fascinating planet.