My Story

Patrick was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. At the age of 22, he moved to Boston to earn his degree in Philosophy and German Studies at Tufts University, including a year abroad in Tuebingen, Germany. At 25, he moved to Houston, TX and started working in the IT industry.  In 2000, Patrick moved back to Geneva, and continued working in the IT departments of large multinational corporations. It was during these years that the dream about living on a sailboat and sailing around the world was born. In 2006-2007, Patrick backpacked around the world for a year, visiting 24 countries. In 2010, he quit his job and started working as a professional skipper in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. In 2015 he rented out his house, sold his car, and all his possessions that tied him down to a corporate society. Patrick’s dream became a reality when he bought Ostrika in Newport, RI, and after endless days of hard work, started his journey around the world, with the intention of circumnavigating the globe over the course of 3-4 years.