The Couple That Sails Together...

When two people decide to navigate life together as a married couple, it takes work to keep the relationship afloat. But Emma Creighton and Dan Dytch, who are engaged to be married in August 2014, already have the teamwork thing down, having navigated and raced extensively offshore as the sailing duo Momentum Ocean Racing.
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When two people decide to navigate life together as a married couple, it takes work to keep the relationship afloat. But Emma Creighton and Dan Dytch, who are engaged to be married in August 2014, already have the teamwork thing down, having navigated and raced extensively offshore as the sailing duo Momentum Ocean Racing.

The two met in 2011, when they were both preparing for the Mini Transat, a 5,200 nautical mile singlehanded race from La Rochelle, France to Salvador, Brazil.

According to Creighton, 28, who grew up sailing in Maine and raced for Tufts University, where she graduated in 2007: “He was frantically trying to re-qualify for the Transat with his new boat, and I’d just arrived from the States. Lorient in February is grey, damp and cold, and it was really nice to have another English-speaker around.”

“We have an incredible partnership both on and off the water, and I believe we have the makings of a highly competitive team,” says Dytch, 30, who has an engineering degree and grew up in Lymington, England, where he’s worked on boats all his life.

When they’re not planning their wedding, Creighton and Dytch stay busy training off the south coast of England aboard their Class 40 in preparation for the next doublehanded Barcelona World Race, set to begin on December 31, 2014. They’ve also become a fixture on the European racing circuit, competing in events like the 2013 Fastnet and Normandy Channel Race.

“My favorite part about sailing with Dan is that he’s incredibly enthusiastic and happy to be on the water,” Creighton. “Dan says his favorite part about sailing with me is that we can both be natural and honest around each other, and it’s just an extension of our everyday life.”

Clearly this is a team with some very good chemistry. Look for big things from them in the years to come! Read more at momentumoceanracing.com.

Photo courtesy of Bjorn Freels

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