Cruising World

A Big, New World

By Kim Kavin

Gabby Covill, who owns the Oyster 745 Mexican Wave with her husband, is cruising the globe for the first time as part of the Oyster World Rally.

Gabby Covill and her husband, now in their mid-50s, met when they were younger and both had an interest in sailing. They owned an X-332 that they’d race around their home waters in Britain, and they had three children, which meant that sailing around the world had to be put off as a dream.

However, they chartered Oyster sailing yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean — and those experiences inspired them. With the children now in their 20s, the couple is embracing post-pandemic YOLO mode. They commissioned the Oyster 745 Mexican Wave in February 2021.

They took delivery last year and spent some time getting to know the boat in the Mediterranean. This past January, they set off with all the other Oysters from Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua as part of the Oyster World Rally 2024-25. Cruising World caught up with Covill just after Mexican Wave arrived in the Galapagos Islands in early March.

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