YO! Founder Simon Woodroffe was a stage designer for the likes of Rod Stewart and The Moody Blues, he’s written a book, made a record, appeared at Edinburgh festival and started YO! Sushi, YOTEL and now YO! Home. Simon and Lia became friends 10 years ago over a mutual love of boats and sailing.


Medical Consultant & Friend
Dr Aenor Sawyer is a decorated Orthopedic Surgeon at UCSF with many years experience as ‘Expedition Medic’ for world-record ocean rowers. Lia and Aenor worked side by side during both editions of the Great Pacific Race, an ocean rowing race which departs Monterey, Ca for Hawaii every 2 years.


San Francisco Local Advisor
Bob Bransten is a third-generation San Franciscan and member of the acquisitions committee at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. With a shared passion for modern art from the YBA era, Bob and Lia struck up an instant friendship earlier this year.


Volunteer Fundraiser
Maureen McDonough-Roddy (Moe) is a sailor and cardiac surgical nurse who launched the Red Dress Racing campaign to inspire women to take control of their lives and health. Lia and Moe have been close since the Route du Rhum race of 2006 when Lia found herself alone in the eye of a storm and Moe in the operating theatre of a ‘redo’ that was ‘bleeding out’ and they shared their experiences over email.

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What I like about living on a houseboat in Sausalito, is how the water gets reflected through the windows #lovewhereyoulive #yorowtraining #liacanican #pacificsolo #worldrecordattempt ...

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RED FLAG!!! I'm starting to guess what these mean... Yesterday Ruihan's tracker caught him doing 15.33 km/hr (8.28 knots) and I thought uh-oh. Word from the boat is that the waves are 22+ ft (love the specificity of this) and that he got "flipped over once". This morning his friend Shuping managed to establish that Ruihan suffered some facial cuts, but wants to continue. Unless he brought medical supplies from China, we believe he does not have medical supplies onboard. Hopefully he has a roll of duct tape if nothing else. #nextstopchina #oceanrowing #pacificsolo #worldrecordattempt ...

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