We get asked a lot of questions about what we’re doing. Here’s some of the more common ones!
What kind of boat do you have?
Our boat is a monohull sailing yacht called a Southerly 38 and we named her Ruby Rose, two names that have family meaning to both of us. We spent a lot of time researching boat builders and models, and decided that although Southerly are a lot more expensive than your average yacht, we were happy to make the investment to ensure our safety and comfort while sailing. We inspected many different options and just didn’t feel that the build quality of many of the more popular yachts were of a high enough standard for what we wanted. We wanted a boat that could take us literally anywhere, one that we felt safe in and had confidence in. We’ve now had her for 2 years and we’ve not once regretted our decision.
What’s it like living on a boat?
How much does it cost to sail around the world?
You two seem cool! Can I come and sail with you?
First of all, yes we are cool and thanks for thinking we’re cool enough that you’d want to come and stay with us on a 38 foot boat! We don’t normally have crew because the size of the boat means we’re usually more comfortable with just the two of us on board. However, if we’re in your area and you’d like to meet up, we’re always up for a beer and a chat!
How long have you been sailing? Do you even know what you’re doing?
The answer to this is mixed! Nick’s been sailing for about 10 years now, starting off on a 28ft sailing boat that he couldn’t even get off the mooring! The first time he managed to sail it out of the creek and back into the marina was a huge achievement for him, and over the years he’s built up his skills, knowledge and experience sailing around the east coast of England and, later, the western coast of France.
I (Terysa) only started sailing in 2010, and although that was 5 years ago, I definitely still consider myself to be a beginner! 3 years ago when we were in the process of buying Ruby Rose, I was walking around at the boatshow saying things like, “Oh, I like that bathroom. And this kitchen is great- what’s that called again, a galley? The bedrooms are nice and big on this one, aren’t they?” Nick’s hissing at me, “Babe, it’s a cabin, not a bedroom, and it’s not a bloody bathroom, it’s a head. Keep your voice down, we’re about to spend a small fortune on this boat, I don’t want them knowing how clueless you are!” However, I do think I’m a little less clueless now- and I’m about to get a whole lot more experienced!
So… what’s the plan?
Put simply, our plan is to circumnavigate. Originally we just talked about taking a couple of years off and sailing around the Mediterranean. Then Nick started making noises about crossing the Atlantic, and the thought of travelling around the Caribbean by sailing boat was enough incentive for me to agree to three weeks at sea. Then I started making noises about sailing all the way to Australia. Eventually we succumbed to the inevitable and agreed that what we really wanted was to achieve is a complete circumnavigation of the world by boat.
UPDATED MARCH 2017
We have now crossed the Atlantic, cruised most of the Caribbean and have our sights set for a season on the East Coast of the USA before heading south again at the end of 2017 and then towards Panama. Beyond that, things get hazy, but our goal is to spend a couple of years in the Pacific before continuing west.
How long is all this going to take you?
We have no idea. One of the reasons we waited so long before finally starting this adventure was because we wanted enough time to get all our ducks in a row so we wouldn’t be under any time pressure. It might take us 3 years, it might take us 10!