Capt Sam Sikkema fell in love with the water early in his life. Sailing dinghys on Lake Michigan as a kid with his father, he quickly grew up to sailing larger and larger boats.
When in High School he joined the Sea Scouts and had the opportunity to start sailing large traditional sailing vessels around his home waters in the Great Lakes.
When Sam left school he turned to seaward and never looked back, launching into a maritime career that has taken him around the world and sailed on all of the worlds oceans in Schooners, Square Riggers, Training Ships, Yachts, Fishing Vessels, Commercial Vessels and work with Maritime Museums and Shipyards as a Carpenter and a Rigger.
Over the years he has sailed as crew in Niagara, Bounty, Sørlandet, Denis Sullivan, Californian, Red Witch, Nina, Robert C Seamans, Spirit of Bermuda, Alabama, Highlander Sea, Columbia, and the 1841 Whaling Ship Charles W Morgan. He has also been in command of Friends Good Will, Lynx, Tole Mour, Harvey Gamage, Lettie G Howard, Roseway, Victory Chimes and the ocean voyaging Training Ship, Picton Castle.
Capt Sikkema, along with many certifications, holds a US Coast Guard Masters License for vessels up to 1600 tons upon Oceans and 3rd Mate unlimited. He is licensed internationally to be Master of vessels of up to 3000 tons and mate of any vessel worldwide. He also holds the Nautical Institute International Sail Endorsement for Square Rig and Fore & Aft Rig.
Along with his passion for being on the water Sam has always enjoyed playing music and is a student of History and Marine Preservation. When he is not at sea you can find him between Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and Rockland, Maine playing music and building boats with his friends.
Cara Lauzon was a born and bred a farm girl in upstate New York and took to the seas when she was 17,
moving to Maine to work on the local vessel Schooner STEPHEN TABER.
Caught by wanderlust she worked for 4 years seasonally on the STEPHEN TABER and took off in the winters traveling Europe
and South America and the Southern States. Playing Violin since she was seven, her wish to travel soon became insatiable and she set out to travel with her fiddle on her back traveling and living in over thirty countries in the last 10 years, playing and touring throughout Europe, South and Central America, the Middle East, the South Pacific and other continents of our globe.
Her love of the sea was never quite lost and she had several sailing adventures in the South Pacific and other warmer climes.
Most recently she was living in Israel studying Turkish music, playing Indie Rock and living by the sea. However, there came a point that she “just missed home,” so she packed her bags and returned to the states where she has now become involved in running the VICTORY CHIMES. She is very excited to bring her knowledge of the world and her connections to the musical world to breathe new life into this historic vessel's journey.