Every journey begins with a question - what if?
What if we learned to sail and spent the rest of our lives sailing around the world, exploring new places? That was the question I posed to CJ back in early 2015.
Neither of us could imagine ourselves spending the remainder of our time on this planet doing the 9-5 thing, expending our energies on things that didn't inspire us. So why not see where the seas might take us?
From that moment on, our focus was on making the plan happen. The plan being this:
Step One - Learn as much as we can about boats and sailing
Step Two - Buy a boat in two years, spend a year getting comfortable with her
Step Three - Sell everything we own (not the boat)
Step Four - Set off for a watery adventure after CJ's daughter graduated from high school in 2018
Well, we all know how "plans" work out...
We ended up finding Rhea, a gorgeous, recently overhauled, fully outfitted 1992 Beneteau Oceanis 430, in September of 2015, just 6 months after we started into hardcore sailing lessons. What could we do? They say "you don't choose your boat, your boat chooses you." Well, Rhea chose us and we couldn't be happier with her choice. Not only did we get a great boat, we found a lifelong friend in her previous owner, Eric.
With three years still left on the countdown clock, we continued to sail on the San Francisco Bay and beyond, as often as possible on our new boat and any other boat we could find. Both of us ended up crewing for other people for the Baja Bash (CJ on C'est Si Bon and me on KiaOra) in 2016.
As the clock ticked on, sometimes astoundingly fast, sometimes agonizingly slow, we continually downsized our lives, selling off the things that held us captive in a work-to-consume lifestyle. We went from a 3,500 sq. ft. home to a 31' 5th wheel trailer, we affectionately called "The Land Yacht."
I abandoned the corporate law job in favor of a freelance writing career - something I can do anywhere with some modicum of internet service. CJ continues to work as a Risk Management Consultant in the insurance industry so that we can save as much as possible before we untie the docklines.
We hope you'll join us, whether physically or virtually, as we head left just past the Golden Gate Bridge and make our way down the California Coast in September 2018.
Mission, motto, vision, whatever you want to call it, the words we live by are these:
Have Fun. Do Cool Shit. Love People.
What do those words mean to us? It's pretty simple. If we're not having fun, we're not going to do it. This doesn't mean we don't do things that are hard, because even the hard can be fun - like surviving a harrowing passage or earning my Captain's license. Having fun means doing cool shit - things that ignite our passions - that stoke our inner fires. Being creative, trying new things, exploring new locales, stepping outside of our comfort zones - this is all cool shit to us. And finally, the best part is loving people. This means watching, listening, interacting, helping out where we can. Whether that means helping a fellow cruiser solve an engine problem or helping communities rebuild after a natural disaster, if an opportunity comes our way to help, we want to step up.