Bev Dornan was brought up in Redcar, in the North East of England. When she got together with Allan in 2000, she had very little sailing experience. In her words, that consisted of being "deck fluff" on a charter sailing holiday with some friends.

Bev attended all the same sailing school courses with Allan in the build up to the trip, including RYA Dayskipper Theory and Practical, Yachmaster Theory, VHF and Long Range radio, Ships Captains Medical course and a Safety at Sea course. We did some of the courses at the Henley college and the others in and around the Solent.

Bev doesn't particularly like sailing, because she gets quite sea sick, but loves visiting new places and meeting new people.