Author: Elizabeth Hynes
Our friends didn't really believe us when we said we planned to quit our jobs, get married, rename a sailboat "honeymoon" and attempt to sail it halfway around the world to Australia. It did sound a bit extreme (to say I was in over my head would be putting it lightly), but my husband had been sailing his entire life and I was all for living a life-less-ordinary, so we went for it! Little did I know I would return home 16 months later with a bun in the oven and the idea for what would eventually become VacayStyle.com.
Oh, and did I mention I get seasick? When we first set-off I wasn't even sure I wanted to do the passages. The idea of heading off shore for multiple days (with no way off) was definitely concerning. Over time, I realized that I wanted the personal challenge and the sense of accomplishment that would come with finishing each passage, and before I knew it I was stepping off the boat onto a dock in the BVIs having completed my first 9 day passage.
Sailing, in fact, is a small part of cruising around the world. About 85% of the time we were anchored in a beautiful place just waiting to be snorkeled, hiked, fished or photographed. We spent a few months in the Caribbean, a couple of weeks in the Galapagos, nearly a month in Bora Bora and eventually we finally landed in Australia. Our longest sail was 20 days across the Pacific Ocean - nearly three weeks at sea - without seeing anything man-made with the exception of a tanker ship on night 11. Being literally in the middle of the ocean on a small boat is an amazing thing. We felt insignificant compared to the large scheme of the vast ocean, almost as if we were the last people on Earth.
But it wasn't all easy. My husband became quite proficient repairing our diesel generator, while I learned how to pack for a 16 month trip in one suitcase. I learned the value of versatile, easy, stylish pieces that look amazing and can be dressed up or down. At the time, I did not realize it but I was creating the concept for Vacay.
In the end, my husband and I learned to work hard and appreciate our short time in these beautiful isles. But we also learned a slower pace of life. We read books, we watched the sun rise and set. We explored the world around us. Toward the end of the trip I was ready to return to work, ready to be challenged mentally and ready to have our first baby (we came home 3 month pregnant)!
And as it turns out, it all turned out. Seth and I both got our corporate jobs back; we bought a house and ended up having three little boys in three years! And just four months ago, I launched VacayStyle.com bringing my vision for an easier way to look fantastic on vacation to life.
For now, we are happy as landlubbers, busy with careers and family, but we dream of circumnavigating again one day with our sons and showing them this amazing, different way of living a life...
|Hynes Sailing Honeymoon||
04/14/2015, Mill Valley, CA
My incredible, amazing wife launched her fashion line today! Please check out www.VacayStyle.com and be sure to read the "About Us" page:
The idea for Vacay came to Elizabeth during our sailing honeymoon. Rather than fly to Bora Bora, we decided to sail there instead! But packing for an 18-month adventure within the confines of a tiny boat closet was not an easy task. It was during this trip that Elizabeth learned how to pull together a collection of items that could create multiple outfits in easy-travel and packable fabrics, and pair with the same shoe color.
When our voyage across the South Pacific was over, Elizabeth found herself working for her former employer as a Merchandising Director at Banana Republic. But the idea for Vacay wouldn't leave her, and last year she decided to leave the comfort of her job to see if she could recreate the concept and share all that she had learned.
The result: www.VacayStyle.com
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Although the voyage is over, our blog lives on!
If you are new to our blog, click here to learn more about us and our 15,500 nautical mile voyage halfway around the world (from Virginia to Sydney via the Panama Canal).
About our Boat:
After much consternation, we chose to live aboard a Lagoon 380 catamaran for 18 months at sea. Click here to read why we chose a cat over a mono-hull, click here to read our users guide to the Lagoon 380 and click here to get a video tour.
Pictures & Video:
Click here to visit our youtube channel where over 1.75 million people have come to see our voyage. Or, you can view them in order by clicking on the links to the right.
Today we have settled into suburban life in Mill Valley, California. Seth went back to work in the Wine Industry as a Marketing Director for Treasury Wine Estates and Elizabeth re-joined GAP as a Merchandising Director. We now have THREE kids; Hale (2010), Rhys (2011) and Pierce (2013)! We are enjoying the challenges of parenting and have posted a life update video if you are interested in watching home videos (great sell, right?)!
Our blog continues to receive a large number visitors every week and we welcome emails with questions about cruising. Nothing would make us happier than to hear from you or to share the knowledge we accumulated during this voyage to help bring your cruising dreams to life!
Thank you for visiting our site. Click here to start from the beginning, or read below for our final posting. Enjoy...
Pictures: Our son, Hale Jefferson Hynes!
At 3:09pm PST on May 25, 2010, Hale Jefferson Hynes came into the world weighing in at 6 lbs and 14 ounces. He was a bit of a surprise considering he wasn't due until June 8th, so needless to say it was far more interesting of a day than we expected.
Hale was my Grandfather's middle name (and mine) and Jefferson is in honor of Elizabeth's late Father. Family names ruled the day.
Mom and baby are doing great! Hale kept quiet for most of the day but managed to peek around by opening his eyes and even eating a little. So far he has had very little to say other than he wants to register as a Democrat (after all it was nice of Obama to be in SF today), he told us we wimped out by not finishing our sailing trip around the world, he hopes the Tiger's win the World Series for Detroit and that he doesn't like Merlot. He has also been tweeting at the following address if you want to follow:
Sounds like he already plans to be as opinionated as his parents and will be one hell of a crew member! What a great way to end our blog...
Seth, Elizabeth and Hale
Video: Above you will find our final video from our Honeymoon ocean adventure. Here you'll see us exploring the cities that we dearly missed, catching up with friends (and doctor appointments!) and finally arriving in Sydney in time for the New Year's Eve fireworks over the harbor. Enjoy...