Sara has been running businesses in the boat world since her early 20’s. She ran a small boatyard in Exeter for the duration of her degree in Psychology and MA in Maritime History. It was also at this time that she set up Working Sail, building new wooden pilot cutters, which she ran for 12 years. She designed and ran a programme of traditional boatbuilding courses in Falmouth in conjunction with the maritime museum before moving to Devon in 2006. Here she and husband Will started Stirling and Son building and restoring classic yachts. They bought Treluggan Boatyard in 2016 which Sara runs whilst Will continues running the No.1 Covered Slip in Plymouth.