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Meet the Team

When Lyall and Katie met while sailing in Saint Lucia, after the ARC in 2011, it was love at first sight.  They have been busy pursuing their passions for solar energy and sailing while raising their two daughters on the Big Island of Hawaii. 


After recently completing their 5-year ownership program through Dream Yacht Charter they have now sailed in the ARC 2021 (160 boats sailed across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia) and have plans to spend a full year aboard in 2022.  Currently we are in Cancun, Mexico.

Katie and Lyall Burgess


  • Lyall is from the UK and has travelled to 50 countries backpacking and sailing.  With a background in Hospitality and Event Management he found sailing in 2004 has logged over 55,000 miles and qualified as an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean.

  • Katie is from Maine and has been working in the solar industry in Hawaii for over a decade, most recently for Rising Sun Solar.  Her knowledge of solar products and system design will be an asset to your yacht's system.


Sarah Steinbrecher

Head of Order Fulfillment

  • Sarah is from San Francisco Bay and is an all around water woman having sailed in the Pacific, New England, and Hawaii.  She has a background in logistics and helping grow businesses.  Please reach out to her with any of your order questions.


Love sailing & solar?  Want to join our team?  Send us an email to  

Boat shows 2022

The Sun Powered Yachts team really enjoyed our time exhibiting at the Miami International Boatshow in February.  Lyall was able to visit the Annapolis Sailboat show in October and we had a really busy few days exhibiting at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans at the end of November.  We will also be attending the Cancun International Boatshow in December - a pretty good number of shows for us in 2022!  

Boatshows are a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight the benefits of going solar & identify what sets SunPower solar panels apart.  We'll have details on the full range of SunPower flexible & fixed frame solar panels aswell as soon to be launched Maxeon Air 330W flex panels.  

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Who we follow

The more time that we get to spend in the marine industry you come to realize that it's one big family!  It's great to have met, and come to know over the years, so many people that enjoy their time in and around sailing.  We would like to highlight some of the awesome people and the services they bring to the sailing world, get in touch with them & ask questions - we all started somewhere and love to answer questions :)

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