Welcome to our blog! We’re Kimberly Latta and Ryan Turner, and this is the log of our adventures aboard the Sophia, a 36-foot Sabre sloop, built in 1986. Sophia means wisdom, and we have both very wisely decided to spend the next few years sailing this vessel around the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Cruising these waters is something we have always wanted to do. We decided to go now that we are in our mid-fifties and still agile enough to move around. Sure, we could have accumulated more money and more stuff had we kept our jobs or found different ones, but neither of us felt very happy or healthy doing that, and Sophia called us to her.
Kimberly grew up racing yachts off the coast of Santa Barbara, and Ryan has been sailing since he was a kid. He captained his first boat, the Zenobia, through the Bahamas and Caribbean, and kept her in Oriental when he was not cruising. Ryan bought Sophia in August, 2015, in Oriental, North Carolina, and will dock her there for the next few months, making repairs and getting her ready to head down to the Bahamas when hurricane season ends in early November.
Kimberly holds a Ph.D. in English and specializes in Seventeenth-Century literature, history, and philosophy. She is also a psychotherapist and yoga teacher who helps survivors of trauma recover their sense of safety and autonomy through meditative, trauma-focused yoga. For her publication on Anne Bradstreet, Early American economics and gender, go to this link; and for her published work on Daniel Defoe and the “Mistress of the Marriage Market,”, go here.
Ryan is a hydrogeologist who has worked Alaska, the Mojave Desert of Southern California, the Grand Mesa in Colorado, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. He was integral expert in the clean-up of the BP Oil Spill in Louisiana and is a master of groundwater issues in the Marcellus Shale.