We’re planning on documenting our sailing journey as a way to share our experiences and adventures with family and friends. By capturing moments on film and photographs we will be able to offer a glimpse into the day and the life of a Barefoot & Salty Adventure. Our website: www.barefootandsaltyadventure.com is intended to inform, educate and give insight into our daily life. The challenge won’t just be living aboard a sailboat, but making compelling film to convey our experiences to those who follow us. It’s our intention to share our adventure by land and sea with as many of our family and friends as possible.
From the age of seven I would go with my Dad to his yacht club to watch him race. It was 4 years later that I actually got to sail with an older gentleman as crew on a 12’ dinghy on a lake close to our home. Since then I have sailed and raced different monohulls . I have sailed down the east coast of South Africa several times , experienced gale force winds and near calm conditions rounding Cape Agullas. Raced across the Atlantic from Cape Town to Rio at a time when there was no gps no grib files just the sun and stars to navigate by.
I emigrated to the USA in 1980 and continued to sail and race whenever time allowed. There was always an inner desire to explore the world by sail but business and family seemed to override that desire . There
are always reasons and excuses as to why you shouldn’t follow one’s dreams, but I have no regrets as I am now in a position to follow that dream. I am fortunate and blessed to have a sailing and life partner Jennifer (Matey Black) that will share that dream with me.
Love has inspired change in my life in more ways than one. I never saw Clive coming, but the day he walked into my life, I knew my world would never be the same. It’s amazing to think we are all one decision away from a completely different life. The conversation about sailing around the world started 5 years ago. I often wondered what it would be like drinking Kava in the Pacific, exploring sand dunes in Africa and wandering down cobblestone paths in Europe. I longed for nights under the stars, days spent diving into the mysterious Sea and sailing across Oceans and so the dream began…
I was raised in Tennessee where we spent a lot of time playing sports, hiking, riding bikes, exploring creeks and waterfalls. Water sports were never on my radar, so learning how to sail definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone. In 2016, Clive and I spent one week in BVI and got our Bare boat cruising, Basic Keel boat and Catamaran Certification. The week long course gave me the confidence I needed and it provided a strong foundation to build on. Since then, I’ve been training on a Catalina 22 in Florida.