Meet the Crew
Pierre started both sailing and flying at an early age, and he earned his sailing stripes as a member of the Canadian Olympic sailing team in the 1980’s. Pierre is an experienced captain, not just on boats but as a commercial airline pilot on Airbus jets for Air Canada, and before that he flew Lear Jets in around the world. Pierre is an entrepreneur having founded 4 companies including a clean technology company in the marine field. Some of electric propulsion systems that he developed hold world records for speed and/or efficiency and he continues to consult in the field. Previously, he was co-founder of a biotechnology company with his wife Lisa. Prior to that, Pierre founded a company specialized in computer operating systems. Pierre’s background is in computer systems, electrical and mechanical engineering, and he can fix just about anything. From his first round-the-world with his wife Lisa, and over a dozen Atlantic crossing (many races) he is pretty good a fixing boat systems when needed!
Tiller, our mascot loves our adventure and living on the boat! Tiller is an Australian Labradoodle and is quite the traveler. As a puppy she visited Florida to learn to swim, New Jersey to chase Canada Geese and Canada to visit family. She flew with us to France in May 2019, and loves to go with us everywhere. At sea, she chills out and I give her special treats, such as chicken broth to keep her hydrated. After her first Atlantic crossing she spent her 1 year old birthday Dec 14, 2019 in St. Lucia. Winter 2021 in Boston she discovered she likes snow. Tiller, like her parents, is a tropical girl and does not like it when it gets to cold. She is looking forward to round-the-world sailing.
Lisa grew up with boats at an island cottage on Stoney Lake in northern Ontario. Lisa purchased her first keel boat in 1998, a Mirage 24 which she sailed near Montreal on the St. Lawrence river. After meeting Pierre, she graduated to ocean sailing and catamarans. In addition to sailing, Lisa is a scientist and serial entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to developing drugs to treat serious neurological conditions. She spent 15 years as a university professor with an active academic research program, and received multiple awards, including the Christopher Reeve Medal, before leaving a tenured faculty position for leadership roles in biotechnology companies. Her current company developed a biologic drug to treat spinal cord injury and an oral drug to treat cavernous angioma. Lisa enjoys writing and she plans to write neuroscience research papers and articles about sailing in her spare time.
Family and Friends
We usually sail the boat with just the two of us. However, we love when friends and family visit us in interesting locations for exploring and diving. From past experience they know that we can plan to be at a certain place on a certain date, but we cannot guarantee that both time and place will coincide. When weather does not cooperate, changes in plans can happen!