“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” – Jacques Yves Cousteau
Earth is called the blue planet. Seven-tenths of its total surface consists of water. In that vast amount of oceans all life started. It is the most unexplored part of our planet and has mystified human beings for centuries.
Arthur has been in and around water most of his adult life. The seas have always been good to him, as in “The sea, the snotgreen sea, the scrotum tightening sea.” (James Joyce- Ulysses). Therefore it was a logical step to skipper the Exodus around the globe with his offspring.
Winnie has been more landlocked, yet the sea has always attracted and inspired her by its raw magnificence.
Perhaps it is not a coincidence that Arthur and Winnie met in Mozambique on a tiny island, called Ibo. Our first home was on water, in the form of a Belgian river barge that we converted into a cosy home.
6,5 years Belgium
We lived in Belgium for 6,5 years and took up sailing in that period. We tested the waters on several trips with all kids (bare boat charters in Sardinia, Holland, Croatia; a trip of 500km on the Belgian waterways with a 4m motorboat). On the sailing trips we experimented with a daily routine of combining homework/ education with an outdoor lifestyle (swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, sailing and exploring local history and culture). The kids were involved in navigating and maintenance. The boys did a sailing camp. The positive response of all involved confirmed we were on the right track. So we made up our mind that this is the right decision for us.