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The Crew

Hi & Welcome to our Adventure!

We’ve been at this for 10 years. Dreaming. Talking about the future. At times, often taking frivolous vacations or buying “stuff” that didn’t go inline with the end goal. But last year we finally pulled the trigger, sold our house, bought a boat and are now sailing the world.

A lot of people often wonder how we are able to do this. It’s typically one of the first questions when we meet new friends. Well, we thought we’d put this to rest once and for all. We robbed banks, laundered money and ran large quantities of drugs (in small planes) to become multi millionaires at a very early age. The key ingredient to the entire operation was the small planes. That size plane consistently went undetected while the bigger players took the fall. Really? Nope. Read on…

 

Ashley

Also known as the Admiral on this vessel. Brought up on the rugged west coast of Canada, she was exposed to boating at a very young age. That progressed into racing small sailboats to crewing on larger yachts as she grew older. She claims to have beaten Ben at racing Lasers but memories can be fuzzy. Life did speed up as it usually does. There was Computer Science degree to attend to and subsequently a full time job at a software company. That same job lasted ten years. She went from writing lines of code in the programmer “pit” to eventually the jet-setting manager. Often times spending weeks and even months in Europe as the company expanded. You could call it a software startup. A couple years back she took a sabbatical. Some might call it retirement. Time will tell. These days she is boat chef extraordinaire when not tending to the sails, undertaking ridiculous sewing projects, doing a little yoga on the foredeck before cleaning or fixing. She cooks one mean Jerk Chicken.

 

Ben

Also known as the Captain (one rank below Admiral). He is in command of this ship (or so he thinks). Ben grew up in Germany until his very early teens when his Family immigrated to Canada. It was a magical time. A wild-west of sorts compared to civilized Germany. Not that Canada is not civilized. His family always seemed to have boats and he enjoyed being out on them any opportunity he got. He also started racing small boats and ended up competing against Ashley (she did beat him but no need to mention that to her). During the summers, Ben and Ashley would both teach sailing at the local Yacht Club. It was really the perfect Summer job. Sit in a boat. Get a tan and direct children around a course with a sequence of whistles. At one point Ashley decided to make a move on Ben during a summer sailing regatta. He was a bit frigid but she was persistent. Eventually they started dating and the rest is history. Similarly, Ben also took a degree in Computer Science and got a job in the GIS world (mapping). He enjoyed the challenge but being stuck in a cubicle was not his cup of tea. One thing led to another and eventually he started his own consultancy. Currently Ben works from the boat for a new software startup that he has cofounded.

 

Together we have made this dream happen. We worked long hours. Took some risk and stepped off a cliff into the unknown. It hasn’t all been easy and we continue to work. But we wouldn’t change a thing. We can move our home from one country to the next as we wish. We are location independent and free to roam the world. We hope that thru our adventures we can inspire you to take that leap of faith and follow your dreams whatever that may be. If we can make it happen, so can you.

Love,

Ben & Ashley

 

 

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