Born in 1960 in Bratislava (at the time in communist Czechoslovakia), Jana has lived in Switzerland since 1968. In 1999 she discovered her love for sailing and life at sea at the same time as her love for Dieter. She trained as a teacher but opted for a career with Swiss radio and television, where she hosted a prime-time news programme. After 14 years in journalism she took over responsibility for the large-scale cultural foundation of Switzerland's biggest retail chain, Migros. In January 2003 she opened a restaurant, running it until the start of the "Phare Bleu" project. A keen traveller, Jana holds the magnificent natural beauty of Grenada, the kindness of its people and their relaxed way of life in the highest regard.