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Katie & Lyall Burgess: Ambassadors

April 14, 2021 by Nicki Bennett

Welcome aboard Katie & Lyall Burgess! The Burgess family is an amazing family of adventurous inspiring sailors, and also the folks behind Sun Powered Yachts. These two are long-time Sailstice supporters, and if you need solar, we recommend checking them out. You also in the running for a Sun Powered 100w panel when you sign up for Sailstice. 

Tell us a bit about yourself! 

After having sailed separately for several years, mostly long passages and Caribbean cruising, we met at the prizegiving for ARC 2011. Lyall had just skippered a boat across the Atlantic and Katie had flown into Saint Lucia to meet her friends on a different boat. The rest as they say is history! Together we've taken a slightly different path to boat ownership and bought a boat, 'Blake', with Dream Yacht Charter. For the past 5 years this has given us 6-8 weeks of sailing a year on a variety of boats in a variety of places. Highlights have been Turkey, BVIs, Tahiti and La Paz, Mexico and all on a path to sailing away aboard our own boat in September 2021. We plan to liveaboard for a year+ with our two young daughters and continue to run our business Sun Powered Yachts - let us help you go solar with SunPower aboard your own boat!

What is your favorite color? 


Preferred type of sailing: 


Boat Make: 

Dufour 382

Boat Length: 


Boat Name: 



Hilo, Hawaii

Favorite Point of Sail: 

Broad Reach

How long have you been sailing? 

Lyall started in 2004 and hitched a ride on the ARC after hearing about it on his RYA Comp Crew course a few weeks earlier! Katie got hooked after a trip in 2007 from Mexico to Marquesas aboard a 57' ketch.

What do you love about sailing?

Exploring new places, meeting new people and spending more time as a family

How long have you been participating in Summer Sailstice? 

Maybe 3 years

What are your Summer Sailstice plans for 2021?

We will be sailing with Paul Exner & family aboard SV Solstice, a Cape George 31, heading out from Honokahau Marina, Big Island, Hawaii Check out for more details.

Are you a part of any sailing clubs, fleets or organizations? 

Hawaii Yacht Club

Why do you want to be a Summer Sailstice Ambassador?

To help raise interest in sailing and get more people out on the water

How do you plan to promote Summer Sailstice? 

Spread the word via Sun Powered Yachts to our growing audience of 'solar sailors' :)

Who is your sailing hero?

Ellen MacArthur

What is your bucket list sailing trip? 

ARC 2021 with the family!

Favorite Sailing Movie? 

The Mercy or Deep Water

Keep with Katie and Lyall at Sun Powered Yachts, and find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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