Those of you who monitor VHF channel 69 already know this but…The Tortilla Flotilla (which can be pronounced “Tort-eeya Float-eeya” or “Tortila Floatila” or any variation of the two, depending on the circumstances) is comprised of three, stout sailing vessels with three, equally stout married couples and four good/bad dogs (depending on the circumstances).
Ted and Conor Gorham met in 1999 when Ted was a senior in high school and playing rugby for the University of Miami (not technically eligible).Conor was a freshman playing rugby for the University of Florida, and the Gators spanked the Hurricanes, but a good time was had at the obligatory after game party. Ted went on to join the UF rugby team the following year, and they have been good drinking buddies ever since.
Conor and Bryan Romo met at Conor’s first, post-college Pharmacist job in Key West at a Walgreens where Bryan was Conor’s boss. They are all joined by their beautiful wives/first mates Shannon Traynor, Meghan Gorham, and Angie Romo.
We both liked our jobs in Miami, but we quit and are not sure what we will do if and when we return to the United States. Our plan is to travel until our money runs out, which we think will be about a year.
Below is a synopsis of the entire flotilla…
Vessel Name: Salty Dog
Vessel Make/ Year : 1985 Endeavour E38
Vessel Length/ Type: 38′ Monohull
Vessel LOA: 38’2″
Vessel Beam: 12’5″
Vessel Draft: 4’11″
Captain: Ted Traynor
1st Mate: Shannon Traynor
2nd Mate: Admiral Gimpy
2nd Mate/Videographer: Frank Traynor
Vessel Name: Stray Cat
Bryan didn’t quit his job as a Pharmacist at Walgreens. He plans on returning to Walgreens after about 10 months of sailing around. We aren’t sure if Angie plans on returning to her old job as a bartender at a popular, Key West bar.
Vessel Make/ Year : 1972 Prout
Vessel Length/ Type: 35′ Catamaran
Vessel LOA: 35’2″
Vessel Beam: 15’3″
Vessel Draft: 2’9″
Captain: Bryan Romo
1st Mate: Angie Romo
2nd Mate: Gracie
Vessel Name: Gualby
The Gualby Nation quit their jobs and have a five-year plan of circumnavigating. Someone please buy their Key West houseboat, Longboard, so that they can keep on traveling.
Vessel Make/ Year : 1991 Fountaine Pajot Fidji
Vessel Length/ Type: 39′ Catamaran
Captain: Conor Gorham
1st Mate: Meghan Gorham
2nd Mates: Penny Lane & Bubby