As many of you know, we started the 'Melody' chapter of our life 4 years ago and we did it with another two awesome humans. Vivian and Daniel took on this dream with us, rather spontaneously, and without them we wouldn't be where we are today.
We bought Melody together, we worked extremely hard to refit her and we all sacrificed a lot. We eventually left South Africa in September of 2012 and the four of us sailed across the Atlantic Ocean (without and autopilot!!??) to Brazil and then on to Tobago where, in December of that same year, Rufus and I left to work in Zambia.
We desperately needed to replenish our personal cash reserves and so Viv & Dan continued to sail the Caribbean for the duration of 2013. At the end of 2013 we bought out their 50% shares and became the proud full owners of S/V Melody!
Viv and Dan returned to SA to pursue their land based dreams of studies, for Viv, and a job in his field study and interest, for Daniel. They also made their love and their commitment official with a beautiful, intimate wedding earlier this year (take a look at some of the beautiful photos in their blog post). Happy day!
Our time together as a team was an epic adventure filled with serious highs and of course serious lows but, in the end, we wouldn't change it for anything. We learnt too much to tell in one sitting, and we are all better people for it.
They have done their farewell post on our team blog, www.offtheline.co.za, but they're continuing the updates on the twitter account so you can see what they are up to now - Viv is posting some beautiful shots of their SA explorations: @off_the_line
We wish them all the best for their new chapter and we're forever grateful for their part in our journey together. Big love to you both x