Nemo’s crew – Neil Collier and Samantha (Sam) Burrough both have a love of sailing and the unique peace and excitement that can be found at sea. They also love travelling and the discovery of new shores and friendships along the way. As well as eating, cooking, and outdoor adventures. Neil and Sam even met on a cabin charter in the Caribbean.
A love of sailing
Neil started sailing as a teenager on a youth group trip and was hooked by the freedom and ability to travel. He has experience of sailing in the English Channel, honed in the varied conditions of Gibraltar, southern Spain, and Portugal.
He loves any sailing boat but especially likes sailing Hobie Cats for fun! After in a career in Engineering, he could no longer resist the lure of the sea, and so he trained to become a commercial RYA Yachtmaster Captain and RYA Cruising Instructor. One of Neil’s life ambitions was to sail and explore the Caribbean … and here we are!
Sam did her early sail training in San Francisco Bay with OSCS in Berkley, California. One of the highlights of sailing there was to take a boat out on the water and spectate the America’s Cup race. She completed her professional RYA Yachtmaster training with Miramar Sailing in Antigua.
Although they are both British, Sam was living in California and Neil was sailing and instructing in the Caribbean and Gibraltar when they met, so they ended up meeting all around the world during their first year together.
One of their first trips was to the Galapagos Islands, where they encountered the incredible Blue-footed Booby. The beauty, intrigue and quirkiness of the bird and its habitat were the inspiration for their company name – BlueFoot Travel. Their logo is the blending of the Blue-footed Boobies fabulous feet with the bow of a yacht.