In October 2011 we threw off the docklines in Falmouth, England and set out on our adventure. Neither of us had any real reason to leave; our jobs, home and friendships were all ticking along quite contently. But still we decided to rent out our house, spend the money we’d put aside for an extension on a boat instead and off we went, with only a little sailing experience and very limited understanding of boat maintenance but with a healthy amount of optimism.
We left thinking that the challenge we had set was to sail around the world in roughly two and a half years and then return to London, our heads full of experiences. We even joked about returning having got married and had children.
And we did learn. Everything was about educating ourselves; sailing better and more efficiently, interpreting the weather more capably, becoming more skilled and less flustered when it came to running repairs. We also had to adjust to a new relationship where we could take orders from one another and know when to trust in each other’s expertise.