We are in full ramp up mode getting our vessel Charade – aka – ‘Lady C’ ready to go.
We are a few weeks away from setting sail and to seeing 6 years of dreaming, planning, and hustling come to fruition.
We both love adventure, the road less traveled, and living life to the fullest. We have dreamt about having our own vessel and being able to sail to remote locations ( and surf), and explore places where no other tourists can reach. What started as just talking about getting away from it all, and travelling in the most eco-friendly way, over time it has become about choosing a different life path.
We just got married and for most newlyweds buying a house and having children logically come next. We decided a while ago that a mortgage and a job to pay off the mortgage isn’t quite what we want for our lives. Kids- yes, but in time…
Buying Lady C two years ago meant we were one step closer to full-filling our dream of setting sail.
The last two years were busy as we worked to pay off Lady C and planning what our first voyage would look like.
So in a couple weeks time we are setting of from Fremantle, West Australia – heading up the West Coast for 4 months. Stopping along the way to explore gems like Abrolhos Islands, Exmouth, Shark Bay, Montebellos, Dampier, and the wild remote Kimberly.
We are then headed to Darwin, where we will be joining a sailing rally over to Kupang in East Indonesia.
From there the plan is to head to Rote and various islands in East Indonesia for 3 months ( as long as the visas will allow). From there we have two choices – head back down the coast to avoid cyclones or head further north and keep sailing and exploring above where the cyclones brew. With the wind in our sails we can just wait and see what is possible and what feels right.
We never intended to set out to sail around the world. As much as that is a dream and something we would love to do, we really want this lifestyle to be sustainable. Something that we won’t complete in a year or two. With a online business (that Jamie runs) and our boat listed as a commercial vessel which means it can run as a charter business or sailing school we have some options for how we can sustain our simple sailing lifestyle.
More than anything this upcoming adventure is about getting back to what matters most. We both love the ocean, and surfing is something we live for. Being able to travel by wind, get to remote surf breaks, take time to slow down and really choose a life that we want rather than one that is prescribed by society, is what it’s all about.
As much as internet connectivity will allow we will be sharing our adventures, where we get to and how we are making this voyage as environmentally sustainable as possible. We are also planning on connecting with great organisations that are working towards healthy oceans and assisting them with raising awareness, gathering data and aiding their cause in any way we can.
We hope you’ll stay tuned as we embark on this salty adventure!
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