Tony Probst’s love of the ocean started at a very young age. Tony was
six years old when he started a round the world trip with his father,
mother, sister Andrea, age 5, and brother Andrew, age 4. Their father
and mother moved to Cornwall, England from Forfar, Scotland. They built
a 47’ 4” trimaran and named it Lorelei III. The Lorelei was built for
12 people, so life for a family of 5 was very comfortable.
They left Padstow, England in 1967 and sailed to Gibraltar, where they
spent about 1 year sailing the Mediterranean sea, and the Canary Islands.
The family then crossed the Atlantic and spent over 3 years sailing to
almost every Caribbean island, the north coast of South America, then on
to Panama. The Pacific Ocean came next. They spent the next 5 years
getting to know the South Pacific and ended up in Australia in 1976.
The Lorelei III wanted to sail around the north of Australia, but
was prevented by doing so due to a nasty war going on at the time
The Probst family sat around the dinner table one night in Australia
to decide what to do next. The decision was made to visit Canada. This
part of the voyage took them to New Zealand, then back up through
the Pacific islands to Hawaii. Three years after leaving Australia
they arrived at Victoria harbor, Vancouver island. After spending a
few months on the island, they visited their first big city in many
years: Vancouver, British Columbia.
After a couple of months in Vancouver it was decided to visit the USA
for the first time. Seattle, Washington was the first port of call in
the US. As winter approached it was decided to high tail it back to
the Tropics. In the fall of 1979 they left Port Townsend, Washington
for what was to be their longest time at sea: 53 days to Puntarenas,
Costa Rica. Tony speaks often of this trip as one of the most memorable
time in his life. He did not know it at the time but this was his last
trip on the Lorelei.
In Costa Rica, he met the love of his life, Ingrid. She was sailing
through the Pacific with her family. When she returned to her home town
San Rafael, California, Ingrid asked Tony to come and visit. He did,
and never left.
Tony and Ingrid now reside in Novato, California, and have three boys.
Their family business is Audio Video Showroom, in Santa Rosa,
California. The Company installs movie theatres in homes and high end
This wonderful Titanic collection is shown free to the public in
their store. I have heard that Tony loves to give private tours when he
has time, and tell stories of Titanic and his trip on Lorelei III. The
most asked question of Tony is "what was your favorite place"? The
answer: Suvarov Atoll, in the Cook Islands. And for those who know, yes
he did meet Tom Neale. For the rest of the story there may be a book
In the fall of 2002 Tony and Ingrid will be moving the business and
Titanic collection to a much larger facility at 2700 Santa Rosa Avenue,
Santa Rosa. Come by and hear the stories.