We are a couple who have been married
for almost 34 years and we feel that we know each other pretty well by
now. (Most useful when you are sharing a space of about 12m2)
We have lived 15 years in England and 20 years in Sweden and have three
children and five grandchildren (so far). Mike is English and I am
Swedish with Finnish roots.
We see ourselves as people who see
possibilities instead of difficulties and take life as it comes. It is
also an advantage being a problem solver, especially on a boat. Nothing
seems to work the first time around!
Professionally we have tried
different things, which also is an asset in our venture. Mike has
previously been a seaman in the British Merchant Navy and as a
landlubber he has worked as a building worker and carpenter. I myself
have been working with people in different ways, e.g. in sales, office/administration,
child minder (about the toughest and most rewarding there is), union
work and now within popular education within WEA Sjuhärad.
Our sailing experience started 1995
through a sailing course at Gunnars Seglarskola in Ljungskile, Sweden.
This we joined after several courses towards getting a Yachting Masters
certificate. We also obtained our VHF-certificate and a certificate in
astronomical navigation. It was also necessary for us to get a canal
certificate as we are planning to go through the canals of Europe. A
most useful certificate is the Advanced First Aid certificate which we
passed last year. (must say that this was a very good education, which
should be available for everybody)
Now we are going to realize a dream
that we have had for 25 years, i.e. to sail away on a long trip together.
It is exciting that it is happening at long last. Our plan is to make
our way down to the Mediterranean, meet people, see different countries
and experience different cultures. Something to remember and bore
people with when we one day sit in a “home”. We do not want to end up
there thinking: “What if….”
welcome to follow our adventure!