The short version says we met, traveled, built a boat, had kids, and traveled forevermore.
But – Do you believe in fate?
We like the concept of karma and have always been kind to Earth and her creatures.
Jack grew up in a megacity of Earth. He received a good education in the topsy-turvy time just after WWII. There were few escapes from city life. One was a donkey ride down into the Grand Canyon with his father and mother that awakened a love for the great outdoors. His norm were Skyscrapers, super highways. Rarely the stars ~ smog and streetlights hid them.
Judith, aka Jude, had a very different youth. Raised in a more quiet north England town, her family often walked and picnicked on the open green hills overlooking the North Sea.
How did these two extremely different people met? What forces brought them together?
Was it love at first sight?
Or was it karma weaving an intricate plan that sent Jack overseas at the precise moment Jude went off celebrating her graduation as a registered nurse. Karma may also have sent him lonely and disheartened into that Frankfurt Pub looking for someone with a cheery laugh. For when he saw two vivacious blonds, aglow with laughter, he did something quite uncharacteristic, for he was shy with the ladies. Ordering a round of drinks, fidgeting, he approached then stammered in rather poor German, “Hi, my name is Jack.” And both girls burst out in laughter.
Our honeymoon was a road trip through Africa, north to south, in a derelict combi van resurrected from a Scottish farmer’s field.
From South Africa, we came to Australia with the intention of earning enough to reach Expo Japan 1970. But upon arriving in the sunburnt country we found space everywhere and a feeling of ‘she’ll be right’ that encouraged us to not only start a family, but to also start the construction of a 12 metre sailing yacht.
Three arduous years later, with little sailing experience and sons just two and three, we began a journey into the unknown. Frightened and unsure, there were mountainous obstacles to overcome while our sea roving life took us in ever-increasing circles around the world, touching eighty countries in an odyssey that lasted not the one year imagined, but the next sixteen.
Still hear the call of the wild
We have grandchildren now. Our physical forms have weakened, our confidence has been tempered, and yes we still hear the call of the wild.
In our lifetime, man has taken what it wants from the wild kingdom, leaving less for every creature. In doing this, the balance of Nature has been upset. Jack and Jude have for a long time wondered if that’s right, they wonder if there isn’t another way of living on Earth. Interacting, living for the adventure and gain of knowledge. So we set off on a 9,000 mile journey around Australia on board the same vessel we homebuilt in Sydney, crossing six climatic zones to witness Man’s effect. During this odyssey we wrote many stories, all peppered with historical notes and regional details within the matrix of two grandparents piloting a powerful sailing machine through some of the world’s most dangerous waters.
Adding maps, photographs and a glossary this became our first book titled,