As we sailed out of our cove, our home behind us and the complete unknown ahead, I couldn't help thinking that I was leaving everything I knew and loved-with the exception of Michael and Ally. Talk about being pushed past my comfort zone in just about every direction.
Kimberly is a traveler, adventurer and gardener. Not a sailor. Yet she, her husband, and their 10-year-old daughter moved aboard their 34-foot boat for two years and sailed from Massachusetts to Grenada and back.
Packed with detailed information, this is the story of their decision to go, the two years of planning to make it work, plus the first several months they lived aboard. More than a mere guidebook, it is part memoir and part instruction manual for breaking free of the ordinary.
Travelers, gardeners, sailors, and dreamers alike, who seek to live an intentional life, a bit off the beaten path, will find both wisdom and inspiration in this family's adventures.
About the Author
Kimberly J. Ward is an avid traveler, having had the opportunity to travel as a family growing up and study abroad in England during college. She has camped her way across the country through the US national parks three times, taken an extended honeymoon sailing through Nova Scotia, and enjoyed the luxury of several cruise ship excursions, in addition to exploring new places any chance she gets.Though she has written thousands of pages of journals, both at home and while traveling, Crew of Three: How Bold Dreams and Detailed Plans Launched Our Family's Sailing Adventures, is her first published work.An adventurer, gardener, and writer, she never dreamed she would live on a sailboat for two years and homeschool her daughter. She graduated with a BS in Marketing Management and a minor in English from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1990.Originally from northern Virginia, Kimberly lives and works out of her home on the coast of Massachusetts with her husband and her crazy coonhound. When she is not working on their oyster farm or gardening, she enjoys hiking, cycling, kayaking, and, of course, traveling.
"Kimberly candidly shares her decision-making processes, organizational ideas and the stumbling blocks she encountered. If you ever thought of taking a long sailing break, this book might be just what you need to turn the dream into a reality."
-Lin Pardey, sailor and author, Storm Tactics Handbook
"More than simply a memoir, Crew of Three provides practical planning advice to break free from the ordinary and a roadmap for doing it. Kimberly shares with readers the nitty-gritty details that went into transforming their lives. If you want to go out cruising, or have some other big idea, this book offers readers a step-by-step approach to turn that dream into reality."
-Carolyn Shearlock, author, The Boat Galley Cookbook