LIZA & ANDY COPELAND: Cruising Authors and Speakers
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 Andy was born in Spain of British parents, educated in England then joined the Royal Navy  where he became a Fleet Air Arm carrier pilot and flying instructor. He grew up sailing in Seaview, Isle of Wight and has been a successful racer in a variety of classes. After leaving the Navy he moved to Antigua in the Caribbean, where he managed a boat yard and chandlery business as well as skippering and delivering a wide range of yachts, both classic and modern, sail and power. He was also a founder of both Antigua Yacht Club and Antigua Race Week. After the Copelands moved to Vancouver, Canada, Andy owned a yacht brokerage business and was also a professional captain. Although officially retired Andy still advises cruisers on boats and equipment for coastal and offshore cruising at

 Liza grew up in Twickenham, England and studied Medical Social Work at Trinity College, Dublin University in Ireland. She emigrated to Canada and completed an BA in Psychology at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario and a Teaching Certificate and Masters Degree in Special Education at the University of British Columbia. Her career has included Vocational Rehabilitation, Medical Social Work and Educational Psychology, mostly in hospital settings. Having raced on the Solent and River Thames since she was nine years old, Liza continued sailing in a variety of boats in University, National and World Championships, as well as in long distance races. She is now a fulltime writer and seminar speaker, in between cruising of course!
 Liza and Andy met at the Sunfish World Championships in Venezuela then ran charter boats together in the Caribbean and delivered boats to and from the U.S.  After marrying aboard the classic yacht Ticonderoga they completed their first Atlantic crossing in the old Fife built Eileen before moving to Vancouver, BC. Here they raced avidly, cruised the Pacific northwest with their three sons, led charters to the Caribbean and traveled widely before setting off on a two-year cruise that became a six-year circumnavigation. Andy then returned to yacht broking and dreamed about tropical cruising. Liza became a full-time writer and gives seminars on both boating and travel. She and Andy also lead groups on sailing vacations to exotic places around the world, as well as in B.C.  With Bagheera’s further voyages around North and Central America, in the Mediterranean, West Africa. Brazil and Caribbean they have now sailed over 180,000 miles together – although mostly race separately! They continue to enjoy cruising with friends and family on Bagheera who currently lies in Canada's Pacific Northwest, and also join friends to cruise in new or favorite regions of the world.

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will turn your dream of cruising into a reality
Liza, an educational psychologist, and Andy, an experienced boatyard and chandlery manager, professional captain and long-time yacht broker are both successful racers as well as long-distance cruisers on a wide variety of boats. Of the 180,000 n.miles they have sailed together, their current 38’ Beneteau, Bagheera, has taken their family 124,000nm to 114 countries around the world. She is still enjoyed by all members of the family.
A writer for many yachting magazines and a speaker at the major boat shows in the Canada, the U.S. and U.K., as well as for World Cruising Club, Liza is also an award-winning best-selling author of three narratives on cruising and a ‘how-to’ book co-authored with Andy. When not at boating evemts or giving talks for a variety of other organizations, cruising with family and friends,  or leading rallies worldwide, Liza and Andy enjoy life in Vancouver, BC.