Following the successful posts about Sailing Alma, Feel the Breeze and SV Rehua I reached out to some more lovely sailing people to see if they'd be interested to answer some questions about their sailing lives. I find it much more interesting and it's much more fun!
So, a big thank you to Emily and Adam from the UK for taking the time to answer my questions.
Emily and Adam aka. Two get lost :-) set sail in 2019 on their Kadey Krogen 38 sailboat called Hot Chocolate. At the time of writing this, they were sailing in Greece and have travelled approximately 3000NM since they set off from the UK.
Where have you sailed to already?
The UK, Sicily, Italy, and (nearly) the whole of Greece.
Where are you planning to sail?
The rest of the world! We want to take it slowly and see everything we can along the way.
Why did you go full-time sailing?
I (Emily) have always wanted to follow in my Granny's footsteps. She sailed across the Atlantic in a little wooden boat and she died before I was old enough to take a real interest in her adventures at sea. I dreamt of experiencing it for myself so I knew a bit about what it was like for her. When I met Adam for the first time he told me it was his dream to live on a sailboat for freedom and adventure. I guess we were meant to be!
What was the most challenging event you experienced while cruising and how did you deal with it?
That's a hard one - there have been many! I think the boat nearly sinking was probably the most challenging because it took a lot to keep emotions in check and deal with the problem.
We had just dropped anchor and were about to 'switch off and relax in the cockpit while we made sure we were holding when we heard the bilge pump going off continuously. When I went down to check there was water coming through the floorboards. It was terrifying, my worst nightmare.
Adam rigged a second bilge pump and I bailed water manually and called some friends in the anchorage for backup. Once the water level wasn't rising anymore Adam scouted around for the leak and found a hose had blown off the saltwater washdown. We plugged it quickly and bailed out the remaining water but it was a tense ten minutes! Although it was an awful experience and made me on edge for a long time after, I now feel a lot more capable and able to deal with problems like that.
Every time something challenging happens your comfort zone widens a little!
What was your most amazing experience so far?
Again, a hard one to answer! Sailing is just constant switches between challenging moments and magical ones! I'm going to cheat and give a little list, but they follow a theme!
Dolphins playing in the bow wave never cease to amaze us, and a particularly special moment was being joined by a huge pod when my parents visited.
Catching a huge tuna for the first time that fed us for over a week.
Watching shooting stars in remote anchorages.
Being safely anchored when a huge thunderstorm rolled through, bringing a sudden 50 knots of wind and so much rain that it nearly filled the dinghy in 5 minutes flat!
Sailing through bioluminescent algae.
This can all be summed up as being constantly amazed by the nature that surrounds us. Sometimes in ways that take our breath away and at times in subtle ways - watching every sunset, anchoring in between giant rock pillars, the way the sea becomes like silk when there's no wind. Living out here highlights just how amazing nature really is.
What do you do when you had an argument on the boat and only have limited private space to reflect?
Make up ;)
What do you miss the most from your "old" land-based lifestyle?
We miss friends and family. The sailing community is amazing and we've made friends for life out here, but it's also transient. Sometimes you're lucky enough to sail with the same people for a while but there's always a goodbye at some point. We miss being surrounded by people we love all the time.
What would you say is the most valuable lesson you have learned while cruising?
I hate the saying 'life's too short, but I guess that's the best summary. I've learnt that whatever your dream in life, do it now, even if it feels impossible, to begin with.
Adam and I couldn't sail, we had very little money and honestly no clue, but we hit a crossroad that pushed us towards this dream. Every part of me was saying 'wait for a bit and it will be easier but I'm so glad I didn't listen. In the beginning, it felt too big, like an impossible target to hit, but we chipped away at each obstacle and slowly but surely we got here!
It's changed how I see life and made the dreams into goals.
One thing you can not live without on the boat?
Tiny Cat! And each other, obviously!
If you could travel back in time to the day before you set sail what advice would you give yourself?
Buckle up - it's going to be one hell of a ride! But seriously, probably something like 'Make sure you have days off of boat work!' or 'It will all work out in the end'. It took several months of chasing our tails trying to fix everything on the boat before some friends we made told us to chill a little.
They explained there will ALWAYS be boat work to do, and the important thing is to find a balance. Not everything needs to be fixed immediately, but it will be fixed one day, so take each day as it comes and make time for rest and play too.
If you had superpowers what is the one thing you would change in the world?
Wow, now that's some responsibility! I guess I should say something like reverse climate change or end all wars but perhaps ending sadness and suffering for all would fix those things too? There couldn't be war or people would still be suffering, and climate change would be fixed or people would get sad.
But perhaps the only way to end sadness and suffering is for everyone to die, which I guess would also fix climate change and end all wars! Am I thinking too much about this question!? I'll just go for making sure glitter was never invented instead (I really hate that stuff!)
Your top tips for wannabe bluewater cruisers?
Because there are too many of these to write down here we wrote it all down in our 'How To Run Away To Sea' guidebook. It's a bit of a monster at 200+ pages (you can see why I didn't write here!) but it's literally everything you could possibly need to know about planning, starting, and making this lifestyle last.
Thanks again, Emily and Adam!!
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