Nigel is 56 years old, with an RYA yachtmaster ticket and more than 10,000 miles ‘under his keel’ as skipper and singlehander, and has lived aboard the boat for a total of about three years.
Nicky is his long-term partner and crew. She began sailing with Nigel in 1995 and the two of them did a two-way Atlantic crossing in 1999 – 2000. This included a leisurely cruise of the Spanish Rias, Portugal and Tenerife, then across to Barbados and up the island chain staying in St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and Antigua before heading back with a stopover in Faial in the Azores.
Rusalka Mist is a Vancouver 28, launched in 1989. She is a heavy displacement, long keeled cruising yacht designed for ocean crossings in the 1960s. Cutter rigged and built of GRP she is very strong and sturdy, capable of handling just about everything the sea can throw at her. She has three berths and an optional pipecot, providing long-term comfort for one or two people with room for four.