THE STORY OF SAIL LA VIE

Creating the Dream

Have you ever dreamt of quitting your job, jumping on a sailboat and sailing into the sunset? Steph had that dream, then she did It! She left her corporate career, bought a sailing catamaran and sailed over to the Bahamas to be surrounded only by crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches. Read more about her story from her first dream to making that dream a reality, and all the bumps along the way!

I had the title, the paycheck, the house, the car… I was successful according to society standards but… something was missing so, I made a change. 

Now I am a Master Freedive Instructor, USCG 100 Ton Captain, 4x Spearfishing World Record Holder and Dive Master. My goal is to sail around the world and invite others to join me to experience adventures, both on and in the ocean!

THE TIMELINE SO FAR FOR SAIL LA VIE…

JUNE 2008

JUNE 2008

Steph graduated with her degree in Biology from Rollins College and had the opportunity to go to Medical School or go work for a Scuba Diving and Sailing Program. She decided to take a completely different route and applied and got accepted into an MBA program at Crummer School of Business. Steph had the dream of owning a catamaran one day, when she had saved up enough money.

JUNE 2008

JUNE 2010

JUNE 2010

Steph graduated with a Masters in Business in dual concentrations of Business and Management from Crummer School of Business. She applied for a position with a consulting firm. After 4 rounds of interviewing, Steph was hired as a business consultant with Frontline Performance Group in Orlando and was the youngest consultant the company had ever hired in its 20+ years of operation.
JUNE 2010

JUNE 2015

JUNE 2015

Steph left the consulting firm and took the position of Vice President of SIXT Rental Car in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. During this time she was focused on climbing the corporate ladder and making money.

JUNE 2015

JANUARY 2017

JANUARY 2017

At this time in her career, Steph decided to take a step back in terms of responsibility and took a job with WeddingWire as an Account Manager doing online marketing. She started working from home and began scuba diving again after 10 years of not diving. Steph received her Dive Master certification and was diving every weekend.

JANUARY 2017

APRIL 2017

APRIL 2017

Steph took her first freediving course and received her level 1 PADI Freediver Certification. Shortly after this she got hooked on freediving and began freediving every weekend!

APRIL 2017

JUNE 2017

JUNE 2017

She decided to continue her freedive training and took a month to work her way up to Freedive Instructor. She became the first American Female to successfully complete the PADI Freediver Instructor Course.

JUNE 2017

JULY 2017

JULY 2017

Steph was invited on her first spearfishing trip to the Bahamas and she got absolutely hooked on spearfishing, selective harvest and ocean to table living. Steph began travelling to a different country each month for diving and spearfishing with the best spearos in the world.

JULY 2017

DECEMBER 2017

DECEMBER 2017

Steph bought a beachfront condo and a pickup truck. She was still working for WeddingWire but travelling every month to spearfish and teach freediving. She began online shopping for a catamaran. Steph spent the next 2 years travelling the world for spearfishing and freediving.

DECEMBER 2017

DECEMBER 2019

DECEMBER 2019

Steph purchased Sail La Vie with her best friend and business partner. The sellers were asking $300K and they were able to negotiate the sales price down to $235K.

DECEMBER 2019

JANUARY 2020

JANUARY 2020

Steph travelled to Norway with Sabine to dive with Orcas. They then went to Germany with Behind the Mask and attended the largest boat show in the world in Dusseldorf. During her time in Germany, Steph decided to leave her job to pursue life onboard Sail La Vie full time.

JANUARY 2020

FEBRUARY 2020

FEBRUARY 2020

Steph officially left her job at WeddingWire. She studied for a month and received her USCG 100 Ton Captains License. Sabine and Steph moved onboard Sail La Vie and sailed to the Bahamas with their friends David Langlois and Andre Musgrove.

FEBRUARY 2020

MARCH 2020

MARCH 2020

Steph, Sabine, Andre and David sailed to Ragged Island, the Bahamas on a spearing and photography trip. When they got back into cell service at Clarencetown, Long Island they were told that the Bahamas was on full lockdown due to Covid 19. Sabine, Andre and Steph were on Sail La Vie and David and his niece Andreanne were on his boat. They were locked down here for 4 months. They had no way to leave, no way to make money and could only go to the dock every 2-3 weeks for groceries.

MARCH 2020

JUNE 2020

JUNE 2020

Once lockdown lifted, Steph, Sabine, Andre and David sailed back to Nassau to drop off Andre at home and then head back to Florida to do boat maintenance and provision.

JUNE 2020

JULY 2020

JULY 2020

After spending $25K+ in engine work, Steph and Sabine sailed back to the Bahamas to do their first charters! On their first charter in Bimini, Steph ran aground and damaged the keel. Steph and Sabine ended the charter in Nassau. As a hurricane approached the Bahamas, they decided to make the run back to Florida to repair the keel, do more boat work on the overheating engine and try to fix the batteries. Sabine was unhappy at this time and decided boat life was not for her. She decided to leave Sail La Vie and fly back to Mexico to pursue other passions.

JULY 2020

AUGUST 2020

AUGUST 2020

After spending $19K trying to fix the starboard engine and batteries, and then buying Sabine out of the business, Steph invited her friend Lauren onboard and sailed back to the Bahamas with a group of friends in hopes of doing more charters. When they arrived, the Bahamas locked down again due to phase 2 of the virus. Steph was lucky to get work with locals for a couple of months to help cover the cost.

AUGUST 2020

November 2020

November 2020

After a couple of months and a few charters, Steph decided to sail back to Florida to visit family for the holidays and do some work on Sail La Vie. Steph hoped to cross the Pacific Ocean in the spring, if French Polynesia opened up the Covid restrictions, so she wanted to get the boat ready for that potential crossing! She invested in new electronics and all safety equipment.

November 2020

February 2021

February 2021

Steph sailed back to the Bahamas and ended up rafting up with 3 other boats of young cruisers down in Clarencetown, Long Island. With Covid restrictions still in place in French Polynesia, Steph decided to stay in the Bahamas another season.

February 2021

May 2021

May 2021

The buddy boat crew all wanted to sail down to the Dominican Republic for a couple of weeks to check out a new country. Steph decided to follow them down to the DR. Steph, her friend Jenna and Zeaky sailed along with 3 other boats from the Bahamas to Turks and Caicos and then down to the DR where they spent 3 weeks.

May 2021

June 2021

June 2021

Steph and the buddy boats returned to the Bahamas where they rafted up again. Steph and her friend Raff had a joint birthday party with the buddy boats and some Freediving friends anchored up off Calabash Bay, Long Island.

June 2021

July 2021

July 2021

Steph decided to stay in Long Island, Bahamas running some charters throughout the summer. During this time, one of the biggest Freediving competitions in the world was happening in Clarencetown, Long Island. Steph moved Sail La Vie over to the bay and Team Sail La Vie ended up attending the competition and hosting multiple beach bon fire cookouts for all the competitive Freedivers.

July 2021

October 2021

October 2021

A friend decided to buy a new Catamaran in Croatia and Steph agreed to help transport the boat back to the US. Steph flew to Croatia and sailed the boat from Croatia to Sardinia where the boat was grounded due to paperwork issues. Steph and her bf, Cole, decided to go to Norway to dive with Orcas and see the northern lights. After 2 weeks in Norway, Steph and Cole returned to Florida together.

October 2021

January 2022

January 2022

Sail La Vie is back in the Bahamas running live-aboard adventures!

January 2022