About the Adventure

When we set up this website in 2008 we were just leaving on the adventure of a lifetime.  Our early retirement would be spent traveling the world on DESTINY, our Bristol 45.5 along with Jolie.  Unfortunately, Jolie died in February, 2015 at 15 1/2, but we’re still going strong.  Kent hikes and bikes multiple miles every week and Carol keeps busy with a new puppy, named Dillon, and pursuing her passion for photography.

Jolie July 4th in Stromboli

Jolie July 4th in Stromboli

At the time we were often asked “why are you retiring so early”?  This was particularly true of Carol’s fellow lawyers.  The answer was that if we wait much longer we won’t be phyically able to sail a boat this size and we regularly hear of friends and aquaintances who lose their health (or worse) before they can enjoy retirement.  In other words “Carpe diem”!

We sailed to Tortola on the Caribbean 1500 Rally in early November, 2008 and spent the winter traveling through the islands.  Our longest passage prior to that had been a the roughly 400 NM Marblehead to Halifax Off Shore Race in 2007.

In late April, 2009 we put Destiny on a ship in St. Thomas and picked her up in Genoa, Italy.  After that we spent three months in Italy, Corsica and Sardinia before sailing across the Adriatic to Dubrovnik, Croatia.  We spent July through end of October in Croatia, cruising the Istrian coast and most of the islands between there and Zadar, except for a fews days in Venice in late August over our anniversary.  Destiny was on the hard at Dalmaijia Marina in Sukosan, Croatia until April 1st when we returned to launch her.   After three months in Greece during which time transited the Corinth Canal and worked our way south to Santorini in 2010, we arrived in Turkey on June 23,2010, intending to spend 90 days and stayed for over a year.  Destiny spent the winter of 2010-11 at Yacht Marina in Marmaris, Turkey.  In 2011 we headed east in Turkey as far as Kekova Roads, and then back to Greece and the Amalfi Coast.  In spring, 2012, we left Marina di Ragusa, Sicily where Destiny spent the winter while we returned to the States.

2012 was our last summer in the Med.  We visited Malta, Sardinia, France, Spain and the Balearic Islands before shipping DESTINY from Palma, Mallorca to West Palm Beach, FL.  After wintering in southern FL we moved DESTINY north to Annapolis and listed her for sale with Annapolis Yacht Sales.  On Kent’s birthday, October 8th, DESTINY was sold and a the new owner’s adventure begins.

We are well settled in Montana and find that the mountains embrace you in a way that the ocean can’t.  The “Adventure” will continue. . .most probably on land.

Bell Tower Portrait

 

As ever, life is good.  We just won’t be climbing as many bell towers!

  1. Francis J. Muise
    August 25th, 2009 at 06:52 | #1

    Good for you Carol!! I am so damn impressed by your travels!!! Best wishes!! Frank Muise, nantucket.

  2. Nik
    September 6th, 2009 at 10:10 | #2

    Hi – while on holiday in Italy (and on an excursion to Venice) I saw this fantastic yacht in the venetian waters:

    http://cid-6708dd595631a537.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Venice-Destiny?authkey=werLUzh9FV4%24

    Nik
    –oo

  3. September 9th, 2009 at 06:50 | #3

    Nik
    Thanks for the compliment on Destiny. As we say in New England “she is a proper yacht”
    Kent Bradford, S/V Destiny from Medilne Croatia
    @Nik

  4. Mike
    November 30th, 2011 at 02:43 | #4

    Interesting, and informative, article by you folks in International Living.

    If you have a moment, I’d truly appreciate your referral to a decent health / medical evac insurance program. I travel quite a bit. Usually surfing or other activities. In case I totally screw up & need medical evac to the USA, I would like to get that insurance ASAP. Surf trek to Costa Rica is coming up in 3 weeks. Your recommendation would be appreciated!
    All the best, and happy (& safe) holidays,
    Mike

  5. Harry Strock
    May 10th, 2012 at 14:59 | #5

    Hi Kent,

    I think I have an answer to “Why are you retiring so early?” for you and Carol.

    It lies in a Boeing Corp data set cited in the web site below:
    http://www.mymoneyblog.com/will-retiring-early-help-you-live-longer.html

    “”There are lots of reasons to retire early, but will it help you live longer as well? One study seems to suggest so, and is often cited in websites discussing early retirement. Dr. Sing Lin wrote a paper in 2002 called Optimum Strategies for Creativity and Longevity which studied the relationship between the age of retirement and the average of death for retirees of Boeing Aerospace. The results are startling:

    As the retirement age increases, the average age of death decreases almost linearly. The average person who worked until age 65 lived for only 18 months after retirement! In contrast, the person retiring at 50 lived for another 36 years.

    There is some dispute as to the validity of this data, but I haven’t found anything solid either way. The author does make some very bold conclusions, though:
    “”

    Hope you had fair winds and good sailing with Ann Dudley.

    Regards,
    Harry Strock

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