This is our story
While on our epic 50th birthday motorcycle road trip from Geneva, Switzerland (where we live) to Stockholm, Sweden, a strange thing happened. We got seduced back into the sailing life!
By spending time in one of the most fabulous and little-known sailing areas of the world, Sweden. It all started as soon as we reached east coast of Sweden. Our entire three-week stay cab be described as a huge collage of maritime images — all kinds of boats, islands, marinas and harbours. We started to long for the nautical life, a life we had left many years ago.
To backtrack, we were both sailors in our younger days. Jacques grew up sailing. His father had a small boat, a Surprise, on lake Geneva (Switzerland). At 18, he bought a Tornado (catamaran) which he kept on Lake Geneva and throughout his 20’s chartered boats in the Mediterranean.
Kathy started sailing at 16, first on a Sunfish, then on to lasers, flying juniors, Hobie Cats and 420s. It was always just for fun, never for racing. She didn’t start sailing keelboats until she moved to Sweden. She began by sailing a 26-foot IF, and then moved on to a 36-foot Sveakryssare. Every spring, summer and autumn weekend as well as summer holiday was devoted to sailing.
In late 1994, Kathy was sent from Stockholm to Geneva on assignment. A year later, she met Jacques, who had recently moved from sailboats to race cars, thereby taking a “leave of absence” from sailing. They did spend their two-week honeymoon sailing in Sweden, and a couple of years later chartered a boat in the BVIs, but their former lives, in which they spent almost every spare minute on boats, was over.
For the full series of posts about how they got their cruising attitude back, click here.
Loves: Helming (who needs an autopilot?), dogs, gourmet restaurants, Harley-Davidson, the Swiss Alps, travelling by motorcycle, our sailboat Freja
Is grateful for, among other things: the fact that Kathy knows Sweden and speaks Swedish, making it easier to keep our boat in Scandinavia; our beautiful, affectionate dog, Senna; the fact that he and Kathy have the same interests in life.
Favorite expression: “quelle pomme à ressorts”
Favorite Podcasts: Temps Présent, TTC, 120 Secondes
Loves: Travelling and exploring, Stockholm and Copenhagen, riding my Harley, fabulous restaurants that serve real food, reading and learning, animals, especially dogs and horses, the cruising life in the Nordic countries.
Is grateful for: so many things — for example: the fact that she and Jacques share the same interests and dreams, being able to live in the mountains during the winter and cruise during the summer, having stumbled upon the Discovery Yachts website, which led to their beautiful boat.
Favorite expression: “Thank you, universe!”
Favorite podcasts: Hardcore History, Språket i P1, Freakonomics Radio, P3 Dokumentär, the TED Radio Hour, the Tim Ferris Show
Senna is our beautiful beauceron. She is extremely affectionate and never wanders very far from us. She’s a bit quirky as well. She’ll do things like tap your elbow when she wants to be petted and leaves the room immediately if she farts – she knows that’s a bad thing!
Beaucerons (also known as “bouvier de Beauce” come originally from France and were used as herding and protection dogs for flocks of sheep / herds of cows and goats.