ALISTAIR HODGSON SAILED dinghies when he was young, before moving on to yachts. But Georgina became increasingly tired of getting cold and wet, and having had canal holidays in the past, it encouraged him to swap the sea for the cut. Needless to say, he took to the inland waterway lifestyle.
Georgina works in a secondary college as a cover manager, making sure there’s always a teacher in front of every class. Alistair was a teacher of woodwork and graphics, but retired a few years ago to indulge his passion for lorries – so he’s now a truck driver. But both of them hope to stop work later this year and move aboard their boat. They particularly like cruising in the winter.
Spica is based on a Star Class boat, so it was vital they came up with a suitably celestial name – Spica is the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo, and was the name of a now-lost butty.