On September 30, 2014, we set sail from Seattle and hung the “big left turn” south, aiming to sail from Seattle to Australia in a single year. We quickly learned that cruising (life in general, really) is all about being flexible and modifying plans as needed to keep our happiness meter pegged in the desirable direction.
We altered our “plan” in favor of spending more time in Central America before continuing on (read more on that decision here). That meant making alternative plans during the rainy season and needing to earn more money. We ultimately left The Red Thread in Costa Rica and returned to Seattle, where we secured 6-month employment contracts. We returned to our beloved boat in January 2016 to continue our voyage across the Pacific.
On November 22, 2016, we made landfall in Coff’s Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. We eventually settled in Melbourne, Victoria. In the last three years, we got jobs, obtained permanent residence in Australia, and made a handsome new crew member named Sawyer Knox (after the mischievous Mark Twain character and sailing legend, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston). Our latest adventure was across the Bass Strait to Tasmania in December 2019, with our then 10-month-old.
Check out our route track and Red Thread’s current location on our DeLorme Mapshare.