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Greg SchulerMistral Coffee CompanyMallorca, Spain

When I was small, I lived by the sea on the South East coast of England, and the water has always felt like home. I was always swimming or playing on small boats, hobbies that later developed into competitive racing. This passion for the sea stayed with me as I grew older, and by the I graduated from college, it was clear to me that life at sea was a much better option for me than an office job in the city.

Life at sea was a much better option for me than an office job in the city.

At 21, I was sailing around the world for a living, which gave me the most incredible experiences. As boat crews live and work together on board, we sort of become a new family (which can be great and not so great!). I came to Mallorca in 2009 after finishing some boat qualifications. I knew very little about the island then, except that it was one of the best places in Europe to get a job on a boat. With such a key location in the Mediterranean, Mallorca has a very strong sailing heritage, and it feels like home for many sailors. I have traveled here many times over the past 10 years, and each time I discover more of the island’s secrets. For me, these are the hidden coves, the forests, the sleepy villages that time doesn’t seem to change—but, most of all, the incredible food culture and the friendliness of the local people. I love and care deeply about this island in the Mediterranean and feel strongly about protecting it for generations to come.

As boat crews live and work together on board, we sort of become a new family (which can be great and not so great!).

To me, sailing means ultimate freedom. Water covers 70 percent of the world, and when you find yourself in the middle of the ocean for the first time—say, 3,000 miles from anywhere—it is an amazing feeling. As the boat sails through the night, you are surrounded by the most brilliant display of stars you could possibly imagine. Sometimes you also have to deal with bad weather, but with good seamanship, the risk can be controlled—and the huge waves around you and strong winds blowing in your face are really exhilarating.

When you find yourself in the middle of the ocean for the first time—say, 3,000 miles from anywhere—it is an amazing feeling.