Captain Suky Cannon is an Adventurer, Ocean Activist and Sailor. She is an American born in NYC and raised on Long Island Sound. Sailing has always been an important part of her life and she loves sharing the adventure.  After a career in NYC in Advertising as a top food editor and stylist, she followed her dream to become a professional sailing Captain. Cannon cruises aboard her sailboat, Shambala, a classic 41 foot sloop, sailing and teaching in the most remote outer islands of the Bahamas throughout the winter, and summers teaching teenagers sailing and fishing in the Florida Keys.  Cannon loves sharing her passion for the sea, sailing, snorkeling and encouraging sailors to be better mariners and good sea stewards. 
USCG Master Mariner, 100 Ton License

Articles about Captain Suky

The Boat Galley

“Stay Calm & Keep Sailing ~ Many people ask here, and ask me, what they need to go cruising. I believe the best preparation for cruising or racing is learning to calm yourself when the emotion of fear raises its ugly head. Fear scrambles your mind, you don’t think clearly and it can make a dangerous situation life-threatening. Practicing mindfulness and breathing and creating positive affirmations that work for you, is imperative. Practice in your slip, at your mooring, in a traffic jam or when you find yourself getting stressed, knowing this is prep for throwing off the lines.”

The Boating Times

“Cannon has advice for others contemplating her lifestyle. “Get out there and do it… the sooner the better. Make no excuses.”

She (Cannon) loves the liveaboard lifestyle. “I love the quiet and the freedom. The sounds and interplay of the wind and waves make me feel I’m part of a brilliant symphony,” she enthuses. “I love being part of the natural world and it’s exhilarating to be the captain of my own ship.”



First mate

Sophie first started sailing when she was 5 with her dad out of Barnegat Inlet , New Jersey.  In high school she realized she wanted to make her career on the water.  After her high school graduation in 2017, she joined Shambala for  3 month in the Bahamas.  Since then Sophie has gained greater experience delivering boats from the Bahamas to Florida, The Caribbean and Central America. She is currently studying for her USCG Captains License, and is happy to return this fall as First Mate on Shambala with Captain Suky. Sailing has always been a passion of hers and sharing it is a great joy.