In the summer of 2004 we
began discussing a dream of ours; to make an extended sailing voyage.
Quickly the dream became a reality and by the end of the year we had bought
a yacht - 'Free Spirit of Itchenor', a Vancouver 32. We sailed from Brighton
in June 2005 crossed the Atlantic Ocean, cruised the tropical islands of the
West Indies and we returned some 9,000 nautical miles later and expecting a
baby in June 2007. Our baby girl Bea was born in November 2007.
The greater part of this
website consists of our journal – that is the record of the trip, written as
it happened. We’ve now added a
section giving an overview of the trip and shortcuts to the different
sections – this is a good place to start if you are new to the site.
We hope you enjoy reading
about our sailing voyage.
Mark and Natalya Ricketts