We had a rather wild idea in September 2010 that we could buy a boat and sail round the world. Somehow the idea got talked about more and more, slowly becoming an actual plan.
So we rented out our house, spent 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 even joked about returning having got married and had children.
In October 2011 we threw off the docklines in Falmouth, England and set out on our adventure. We left thinking that the challenge we had set was to sail around the world in roughly two and half years and then return to London having learned more about life and ourselves. After crossing the Atlantic and enjoying several months in the Caribbean we reached Panama, where we decided to take longer over the trip and also to start a family.
Now we combine our cruising with being full-time parents to our daughter, Rocket, who was born en route in Mexico and logged her first sea miles on our Pacific crossing in March of 2014.
James is still active as an architect whilst Jess is a freelance writer and photographer as well as being a practicing artist and designer. We use our journey to sea-trail various products for the boat and the baby, photographing and writing reviews on them.
At present we are sailing in the South Pacific, cruising New Zealand. We currently have no plans to return to normal.