In 2007, Maria got a crazy idea (it happens a lot!) to take the 3 day American Sailing Association 101/103 combo class. She dreamed of cruising the clear blue waters of the Bahamas, but has spent all of her time so far sailing in cold, dark Lake Michigan!
Because she crewed on a racing boat for 3 years, is the more experienced sailor and is generally a know-it-all, Maria is “The Captain” on Improbable.
Bruce is the better looking and more patient of the crew and makes a mean pot of macaroni and cheese. Shortly after they started dating, Maria dragged him onto her race crew where he dutifully served as rail meat for a few races. That experience was enough to convince him it was a good idea to buy a cruising boat where no one has to sit on the rail ever.
Bruce loves long sessions varnishing teak in the hot sun and asking dock managers for incredibly detailed descriptions of their dock setup, which side to tie to, and where all the electrical and water outlets are. He is the best “Cabin Boy” a girl could want.