Allison is far from a sailor. Equestrian? Absolutely. Missionary? Yep. COO for budding start-ups? Double yes. But Sailor? Heck to the no.
I was firmly landlocked and planted until May 2014. Then the handsome Captain you see below captivated my attention and suddenly sailing became a thing. A thing I thought that maybe I could enjoy. See, I grew up boating, loved water and water sports, but had never spent any time on a sailboat. (Unless you count one random Christmas sail in CA, which I don’t…)
Bo introduced me to the wonderful world of sailing during the summer of 2014 and I fell in love. With him and his sailboat. It was a package deal kind of thing, so I didn’t have too many options. Before we dated I knew Bo had it in his heart to sail around the world and I was his biggest cheerleader. I spent a few years traveling the world myself and couldn’t be more excited for him to meet amazing people, eat crazy foods and have his heart and mind expanded in ways that only traveling can do. I just had no idea when I was doing all that cheerleading that I would be going with him.
As a 20 year old, I left college for a semester to go sailing. I’d never done much sailing before, and what sailing I had done was on lakes. For 8 months I lived aboard a 25′ sailboat and sailed alone from Alabama to Key West, Florida.
When I returned to college that fall, I made myself a promise. If I turned 28 and wasn’t married with kids and a house and all that, then I would go sailing again. But this time, it’d be around the world.
Remembering this years later, in 2011, I called up my boss on my 27th birthday and explained I was quitting to pursue #31 on my bucket list—sail around the world. Had you asked me then when I would begin the trip, I naively would have told you “about a year and a half.”
A few years have since past, and in the meantime I’ve been able to take advantage of several incredible opportunities personally.
I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005, and after a brief stint at the Atlanta Braves Radio Network, I pursued a career in video production. I was fortunate to find a role with a videoboard company based in South Dakota, Daktronics Inc., where I developed a specialty in videoboard production.
I’ve worked mainly in live events, building a resume that includes clients such as The Today Show, the Carolina Panthers, San Diego Padres, Golden State Warriors, Colorado Rockies, Stanford Cardinal, Oklahoma Sooners, Auburn Tigers, and countless events including The Final Four, two BCS National Championship Games, SEC Basketball & Baseball Tournaments, Super Bowl XLVII, and the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. In 2016, I’ll work as the venue producer for the sailing events at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio.
Selah is the 42 ft Brewer Sailboat that will take us around the world. She is younger than Allison, but older than Bo – which puts her in her mid 30’s…the perfect age for sailing.
I (Allison) am certain there are all kinds of technical details that I should tell you about the boat, but I am still learning what aft, starboard and port mean, so for now let’s just say she is great. She floats, only smells mildly of mildew and has 1 flushing toilet. I am told the other one will eventually flush, but beggars can’t be choosers. There is running water, enough electricity to have a 3 inch fan blow air on us at night and the promise of adventure. What more could we need?
I personally would love fine linens, an ice maker and a washing machine – but again, don’t get greedy. She offers us the promise of skinny dipping in multiple states, oceans and bodies of water, the opportunity to practice honest communication on the daily, and regular helpings of tuna tartare, whatever the hell that is…
All in all – the first year, or six, of marriage is bound to be interesting as we live together in our 200 sq foot floating abode.
Bo weighs in…
I was in Florida being disappointed by a few boats that were actually in my price range, when I got an email from a buddy with the link to this fancy 42′ yacht twice my budget. I figured I’d go check it out just to see what a nice boat actually looked like. What could it hurt?
I met the owner at the dock and hopped on board. When I stood behind the wheel and looked out across her towards the marina, every other boat vanished and all I could see was open ocean.
I knew immediately. This was the boat that would take me around the world.
After a few trying months, she became mine.
Her name is Selah, and she’s a 42′ cutter ketch sailboat designed by renown boat designer Ted Brewer, built in 1984 in Fort Myers, Florida. She’s a solid ocean-going boat that spent 2005-2009 sailing her previous owners all around the Caribbean.
After spending the last 3 years fixing her up and performing upgrades, she’s again ready to sail the high seas.