Sara grew up on an island off the coast of Donegal, Ireland where traditional boats were an essential part of daily life. She moved to Cornwall as a teenager where she attended Falmouth Marine School’s boatbuilding course. After a degree in Psychology she set up and ran Working Sail for 12 years building new pilot cutters. During this time she completed an MA in maritime history writing her thesis on the pilot cutters from the Isles of Scilly. She returned to work at Falmouth Marine School setting up a partnership between the college and Falmouth’s maritime museum where she designed and managed traditional boatbuilding courses building Cornish luggers. She moved to Devon with husband Will where they started Stirling and Son in 2007.