Lisa Terauchi-D’Rozario’s husband had been a captain with Hong Kong airline Cathay Dragon for 14 years when he lost his job in October 2020, she said.

Cathay Pacific cut thousands of jobs and shuttered its regional airline during the pandemic.

The news was crushing, Lisa said. The family decided to leave Hong Kong to return to the Netherlands, where her husband, Jeroen, is from, she said.

But they didn’t stay long.

Lisa’s husband is an adept sailor, and life at sea “seemed to be the best place to be,” especially since the family hoped to avoid Covid, she said. So the couple sold their home in the Netherlands and bought a secondhand monohull boat to “live and travel the world.”

Lisa’s husband, Jeroen Slot, harnessed to the deck in full gear.

Lisa Terauchi-D’Rozario

The family first sailed to France, then to Spain and Portugal, before reaching Sardinia, she said. They wintered in Sicily before sailing to Greece, she added.

They sailed from June 2021 to the summer of 2022 — when their travels were cut short by engine failure.

Lisa and her family.

Lisa Terauchi-D’Rozario

Sailing full time didn’t mean the family’s boat was constantly moving. “Sailing is a matter of short hops,” said Lisa. About 85% of their time was spent on anchor or in a marina, so the family was able to explore many European towns, she said.

Homeschooling on a boat

No longer vegans

Challenges of full-time sailing

Life lessons

Post source: cnbc

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