About Us

Craig and BarbaraWe (Barbara and Craig Johnston) met at Cazadero Music Camp when we were 15 and 16.  We married in 1968, and have since lived in Berkeley, the Seattle area and the Portland area. As teenagers, we sailed on San Francisco Bay in Barbara's family sailboats -- first a Fleur Bleu 24, then a Lapworth 39.  In Seattle we sailed a Santana 22, then a Columbia 28 and finally an Islander Bahama 30.  We acquired Sequoia in 2001, and have been cruising on and off since. We enjoy too many land based activities to be full-time cruisers, but we get out on the water as much as possible.

p1010508Craig (K7CEJ) grew up in Lafayette, California.  From an early age Craig did weird science projects, causing rockets to go off and winning Science Fair awards.  He honed these skills at Cal Berkeley, and went on to design calibrators for the John Fluke Company. More recently, he worked at Nike, designing machines to abuse shoes and kick soccer balls, and after our return from the South Pacific, was the general contractor on our new house. Craig's engineering skills are extremely valuable when something on the boat doesn't work right and we are far away from any marine supply store.

BarbaraBarbara started out life as Barbara Lockwood, and grew up in Berkeley, California. She played the cello from an early age (and still plays the cello), and went to Stanford, then Cal Berkeley in the '60s, and the University of Washington Law School in the early '70s. Barbara is recently retired from the practice of law, and has all sorts of ideas about what to do with retirement. Photography, website design, music performance, writing and gardening are at the top of the list.

We have two children -- Ian, age 42, is a software engineer (Disney Technical Services), photographer, and technical director of Annex Theatre in Seattle; our younger son, David, age 40, is an animator (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3, Cartoon Network, Current TV and several game companies) in Los Angeles.  Although in theory, they are both interested in sailing, the truth is that they have very busy lives, and too many onshore pursuits and passions to join us very often.