How do we write about ourselves? What should we say? It’s just not English nature to do this!
Let’s give it a go… Susie Plume and Tom Partridge met back in 2007 when Tom was organising a racing boat for our old sailing club in that year’s Hamble Winter Series. That soon extended to more sailing together, both in the UK and further afield.
Time went on and soon we were discussing the idea of owning our own yacht and ‘living at sea’, as we coined it. Given we both enjoy travelling one thing led to another and we bought Adina with the intention of sailing her around the world – in our eyes, the best way to travel as we would see the world from our own home! We’ve been really pleased with how she performs on the water and as our boat ownership has progressed, we’ve both got to know not only Adina but also our own strengths and weaknesses.
We have a philosophy that we both need to know how everything works and both get stuck in, but at the same time we’re aware of what we each really enjoy and what we each like less, so when it comes to crunch time we go for our strengths. Susie certainly has more patience than Tom, loves problem solving and is one superbly organised lady – everything has a home on Adina! Tom is an ideas man, never afraid to dive in at the deep end and loves researching – whether it is how something works or seeking out that elusive destination to visit. We try to help each other learn and we are lucky our natural skills complement each other.
We both have a love, as do many, of good food and wine. Tom even did a wine and spirits diploma for fun and, as many who have sailed with us know, the day will simply not start without a decent coffee. Susie has enjoyed having the time to build her cooking skills on board, always making sure any guests are well fed. Our favourite evenings are at anchor with fresh food cooked from local ingredients accompanied by a good bottle of wine, all shared with good friends or family.
Our home on land is in Chelsea in London, England. And we do love London. It’s never dull, never quiet and always fun! We look forward to more time there in the future.
We’re very grateful for this opportunity to take some time out and see the world, indeed even a little humbled, a little lucky. And it’s not just us who got this show on the road and keeps it moving in the right direction – many family and friends have freely given time and provided a huge amount of support to enable us live our dream. To those – we acknowledge your massive on-going efforts and thank you kindly!
Now then, we’re English and that’s more than enough about us. Gin and tonic anyone?