Lion's Paw Sailing

Back in 2010, as ambitious twenty-year-olds, Matt and I decided to buy a 1964 35-foot Allied Seabreeze from a Marina in Fort Myers. The boat was bruised, busted and barnacled, but its' perfect Yanmar engine, inch thick hull and sleek lines hinted at its' potential for adventure. Plus, we were able to buy it for $2,650. While it has taken many years of blood, sweat and tears, not to mention money, the Lion's Paw is finally ready for her grand voyage to the Caribbean.

We plan to take Lion's Paw through as much of the Caribbean as possible. Whether our journey with Lion's Paw ends at The Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos or Grenada, we plan to explore each area to the fullest providing our followers with as much information as possible. We hope you enjoy learning as much as we do. 

We want everyone supporting us to get as much joy from exploring the world as we do, even if they can't physically be there with us. We hope our adventures will inspire people to go on their own journeys. Thanks everyone, for any support you provide. You are awesome!


Love, Vikki & Matt

Lion's Paw

There is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
— Kenneth Grahame


I studied at Florida Gulf Coast University where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with two minors in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduating, I spent the next three years pursuing jobs in tourism. I figured that working as a tour guide or director would be a great way to combine my two loves: travel and education. I have worked from the coasts of Alaska to Florida in various forms of this role. From a guide on a train in Alaska to trip leader with a summer camp in New Hampshire, most of my working life has been spent behind the wheel of a van, educating guests on the wonders of the U.S. These positions gave me a greater appreciation for the land I call home, but that appreciation has not stopped me from pursuing further exploration. 

My travel bug has taken me far beyond our shores. From the castles of France and England to the haciendas of Brazil, I have traveled to several countries including Canada, The Netherlands, Brazil, Bolivia, The Grand Caymans, France and England. I have gone as a student and a backpacker and I don't intend to quit anytime soon. 

When I am not travelling or working, I like to spend as much time as I can around animals. I take every chance I get to volunteer at local shelters and rehabilitation centers. Most of my volunteer work has been done at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation for Wildlife on Sanibel, FL. But I have also volunteered at the Suncoast Humane Society and Octagon Wildlife Refuge. I care deeply for the environment and wildlife. Hopefully, Matt and I will be able to pursue some volunteer opportunities on this trip as well.


It all started when...

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