Hello, glad you found us. We planned for this adventure for almost a decade before setting off. What did it take to sail off into the sunset? We worked hard, paid off the house, took classes, sailed whenever possible, retired early, then bought the boat. Along the way, Joe and I also adopted our grandson, Ethan, who will be traveling with us.
Joe Barrett (Captain, Engineer)- After a successful engineering career, Joe recently retired early from a major Semiconductor Manufacturing company in order to realize his dreams of traveling the world by sailboat. Of course you know that Joe’s mechanical engineering degree will come in handy fixing the boat when things break. I asked Joe what he wanted to say in his blog bio, his reply was that “my role is to show up with the bags of cash, and fulfill my wife’s every wish.” Smart man!
Joe first started sailing back when Sailing 101 was a PE elective at his high school in Dana Point, CA. During his college days at UC Berkeley, Joe enjoyed sailing on San Francisco Bay, though not perhaps when the fog rolled in. Ten years ago, Joe got bit by the sail cruising bug after some
nagging prompting by me. After reading Herb Payson’s classic cruising book, Blown Away, Joe realized that if Herb could sail to the South Pacific, so could he.
Carla Barrett (aka Admiral or First Mate)- I discovered my love of the ocean after numerous yacht deliveries with my sister, Yvette, and brother-in-law, Capt. Dave. Dreams of cruising followed, but it took me awhile to get Joe on board. Once he was, the planning began.
Prior to cruising, I taught machine quilting, mixed media and design classes both online and at international machine quilting shows.
If curious, feel free to check out my creative blog at CarlaBarrett.com. During our travels, I plan to continue creating and drawing designs (sold at Digitech Patterns) while on board the boat, plus draw the occasional cartoon when the mood strikes. With my new Sailrite machine on board, who knows what I will make. Stay Tuned….
Ethan Barrett (age 6)- Ethan loves roller coasters, water parks, volcanoes, whirlpools, legos, and making new friends. He is very social, happy and outgoing little guy who loves to meet friends of all ages.
Ethan loves to look at the boat engine compartment and in the bilges. He also can name the entire human digestive system, too. Wonder if this means he will be an engineer or a doctor? I’m rooting for another engineer in the family. After all, an engineer with social skills will go far in the workplace.
Ethan will be boat schooled during our travels. If land based for any time, we will enroll Ethan in local schools, too.