Operating in Other Cruising Areas and the South Pacific
Outstanding husband and wife yachting professionals with the combined talents and experience of six crew positions – and more! One would be hard pressed to find another team to match Scott and Allison’s 25 year track record, combination of highly-developed skills and 200,000+ sea miles.
Captain Scott started his sailing career working as a salvage diver on the US West coast and bought his first sailboat, a home building project, in 1986. At just 22 years old he sailed into Sausalito, north of San Francisco, where he met Allison Thompson. She grew up in Tiburon living on a converted tugboat and working at her dad’s sailing school. Scott and Allison met at a Christmas party on his boat. He told her his dream of making a life on the sea and sailing away into the sunset. It was love at first sight and the two have been inseparable for over 25 years ever since.
As a team they have sailed over 200,000 sea miles each, including the Pacific coast of Mexico for seven years, running a 104’ commercial charter catamaran in Alaska for five years, two trips to the Galapagos, three Atlantic crossings, and many loops around the South Pacific working on private yachts, charter boats and sailing their own 50ft gaff-rigged steel ketch.
In 2007 Scott and Allison were critical members of ‘Team Earthrace’ where they helped set multiple fastest ocean crossing speedboat records and were lucky enough to be involved in the setting of the ‘UIM Round The World Speedboat Record’ that still stands at 60 days, shattering the old record by over 14 days.
Scott is a noted author with over ten books to his credit including one on underwater photography with inexpensive point and shoot cameras. He enjoys sharing his wide knowledge of sailing, travel destinations and photography with guests. Add in Allison’s gentle manner, delicious cuisine and attention to comfort and it’s easy to understand why so many guests come back to sail with this remarkable team.
Allison is an accomplished chef with a natural flair in the galley and a passion for healthy gourmet meals. Whether you’re looking for hearty American fare, Mediterranean, Asian, Mexican,vegetarian, vegan and even gourmet raw food, Allison’s meals tantalize everyone’s palate. The enticing aromas of her daily creations tempt the taste buds and her artful presentation always pleases the eye.
In addition to her skills in the galley, Allison holds two captain’s licenses: RYA Yachtmaster 200 ton sail/power/ocean/commercial and a 100 Ton USCG Captain’s license.
Twenty-five years of charter experience and counting, Scott and Allison’s goal is unchanged – to make each guest’s time aboard special and memorable, to make each day an exciting adventure. They truly embrace and embody (pun intended) a healthy lifestyle and zest for living, treating each day as a special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They may have sailed around the world more than once, but they’ve never lost sight of the fact that each of us ‘only goes around once’ in the cycle of life.
ORION accommodates 8 guests (plus one small child) in 4 cabins.
The Master has a king size bed and large en suite bath with shower and toilet.
The VIP's king-size bed converts to twin lower singles. The ensuite bath has a vanity, shower and toilet.
The family apartment is 2 connecting cabins sharing one bath with a shower and toilet.
One cabin has a king-size bed.
The second, dubbed the "Pirate's Den", has two double beds and a smaller child's bed - 2 1/2 feet wide by 4 1/2 feet long. This cabin is ideal for older kids or younger ones with a nanny.
Crew shares companionway. Crew quarters have a separate head and shower.
3 – 10 March 2014, 4 guests. St. Lucia – St. Lucia
Report to the broker –
We had a blast . . .
First off, the boat fit us very well. I think if we had another couple along for the ride, it would have been a little cramped. The boat is steady which is great for those among us who tend to get a little sea sick. The quarters below were very comfortable and I certainly didn't have a problem sleeping, once I got used to the generator hum. Hot water and water pressure were abundant.
The crew was excellent and always had a smile on their faces. They did their best to make our trip enjoyable and exciting. Allison and Lisa's cooking was excellent and they were aware of our dietary quirks and made sure we got the correct plate with the right food on it. We ate fresh food all the time and Allison's attention to eating healthy was spot on. Even though we ate like kings and queens, I don't think I gained an excessive amount of weight. Yoga in the morning with Allison was a great feature and addition to the trip. Stretching like that is a great way to start the morning and I learned I should do it more often.
Scott is an excellent captain. Always making sure we were comfortable and constantly worked on the boat to make sure we weren't inconvenienced by a downed piece of equipment or system. His knowledge of the seas was educational and endless. He was always open to showing us where we were going and let us "play" with his navigation system. He always made sure we were safe and happy. Scott also let us get on the helm during some transits and told us he was glad to have people on board that knew how to steer a boat.
Elliot was certainly eye candy for the women and a lot of fun to be with . . . . his knowledge of fish and the ocean was an addition to our overall experience. He snorkeled with us and pointed out fish and aquatic life we might have missed. He did his best to catch fish all the time as Anne loves to fish. We eventually caught some, towards the end, and it was fun and exciting. The call "fish on" would get us all up and heading towards the stern to see what we had on the hook!
Lisa certainly added to the mix of the crew and she made sure all the cabins were made up promptly in the morning and that the "heads" were spotless. She was a good addition to the crew and her cooking and help to Allison was excellent.
We all traded contact information so we can all get together in Antigua or Newport when they show up there sometime this summer.
We will all have many fond memories of the places we visited and the days we spent on Orion.
Thanks for your help with putting everything together and linking us up with a great boat and crew!
28 Dec 2013 to 4 Jan 2014, 7 guests. Tortola - Tortola
I'm told I have been spoiled on this trip. Having never been on any boat in the ocean I somehow started at the top. This trip has been the best trip of my life. You think you have an idea of how beautiful sailing is from the movies, but it doesn't even come close. My highlights are: Riding at the very front for hours trying to guess what the waves would do to the boat, snorkeling for the first time and having what felt like an out of body experience, yoga on the front deck with Allison, watching Elliot prance around trying to catch all types of sea creatures, Scott's amazing stories and watching "Erray Potta" with Molly.
You are all wonderful. Thank you for making my first experience inevitably my best.
After numerous sailing trips to the BVI's on mono hulls this is my FAVORITE boat tour! Wow, love the shower, my room, great food, yoga (Yay!) shark wrestling with Elliot and such nice people. Thanks for making our trip so perfect and memorable.
Maybe 30 sails around the Caribbean, Med, Atlantic and this was by far the best ever. Best boat, best crew, and best boat mates - my family! And so many unexpected extras: Yoga, shark catching and tagging! Thank you Allison, Molly, Elliot and Scott for an unforgettable holiday.
Totally relaxing trip. The ship was great. The crew awesome and the food could not be beat.
I don't believe I've ever been so well taken care of on any trip. Love the spirit energy of each of the (crew). Allison - it would be fun to hang with her for months so I could learn more yoga, raw food and health and well-being in general. Scott, your attention to our safety was greatly appreciated. Elliot, your love of fishing & nature in general was fun to watch. Good luck with your lion fish project. Molly, holy cow girl! You've learned your passion well. Wonder how much I gained this week! Thanks to each of you for your special gifts and for sharing them.
Peace and love to all,
Also from Sandi in a later email:
I don’t feel like I properly thanked you for being such wonderful hosts on the most exquisite boat experience we’ve ever had. Your thoughtfulness and attention to detail really made for an exceptional experience.
I wasn’t expecting such nutritious and delicious food on board and was thrilled with your recipes. Thank you so much for making gluten-free options for me. What a vacation!!!
Thank you also for the yoga sessions. I plan to get on line and order the books and yoga tapes that you recommended.
Thank you so much for EVERYTHING! I hope we can join you again one day.
2013 Annapolis Boat Show - Host Boat for the Publisher of Cruising World/Sailing World
Scott and Allison- So many thanks for being our host boat during the Annapolis Sailboat Show. What a great time was had by the Cruising World and Sailing World staff and our marine industry guests and friends.
From all of us at Harken, thanks for the hospitality and using our gear!
CEO of Harken
Great boat for me and 20 of my friends! Peter Harken
Good sailing! Olef Harken
Thanks a lot! Jimmy Spithill
Dear Scott, Allison and crew,
Thank you very much for your hospitality, boat drinks and good food that you served up to Claudette & I this week. I appreciate all that you did to make this boat show week so enjoyable including hosting Claudette's retirement party.
Guest of Cruising World magazine
2013 Annapolis Boat Show
Dear Scott, Allison and crew,
I just want to pass along my sincere thank you to you and your great crew for a lovely evening and dinner on Orion.
Beautifully done, impeccably presented. A real treat.
And to deal with my last minute request for a vegetarian entree....wow!
Kudos all around, a deep bow and tip of my hat to you all.
With Very Best Regards,
Guest of Cruising World magazine
2013 Annapolis Boat Show
Dear Scott, Allison, Felix, Molly and Elliot,
I cannot thank you all enough for all the fab help you gave me and my team, bringing food on and off ORION at the Annapolis Sailboat Show. You all went above & beyond each and every trip, boarding and departing to and from ORION. All of your smiles and super positive attitudes were wonderful, warm and fun! I really do miss each and every one of you (and) feel lucky to have met you all. I know that your charter clients aboard "ORION" will feel welcomed, pampered, well-fed, and very special to have time aboard a luxurious yacht with an outstanding, attentive crew .
If you are coming to Annapolis or passing by, please contact me. I would love to see you.
Cheers to all of you !!
Cathy Anton- Event Coordinator
The Well Stocked Galley