An introduction to the Martins
and Jaja spent seven years sailing around the world (1988-1995) aboard
their 25-foot Cal 25 DIRECTION.
purchased the boat in 1985, gutted her to a bare hull, and then went
to work beefing up the structure. He glassed in stringers, added keel
floors and extra bulkheads, and then re-designed and re-built the interior.
"I built a new rudder, re-stayed the mast, built a smaller cockpit,
and then christened her with a bottle of warm Bud in an effort to get
the mood right for the intended circumnavigation" is the way Dave puts
was 22 when he started this project, and 24 when he finished. He met
Jaja shortly after starting his cruise in St. John, USVI, and they finally
got together in the UK (after a solo Transatlantic) in the fall of 1988.
They were both 25 when they left England on their circumnavigation.
England they headed West to the Caribbean, via the Cape Verde Islands.
They were married in Barbados, then transited the Panama Canal, visited
the Galapagos; and did the usual trip through the South Pacific, spending
several seasons in Australia, New Zealand, and the nearby cruising paradise
to the north. A trip through the Torres Straits, Indonesia, and then
across the Indian Ocean had them rounding South Africa before arriving
back in the Caribbean and then the States in 1995.
the way they had two children (Chris and Holly). A third (Teiga) was
born aboard DIRECTION at the end of the voyage.
Martin family set sail again in 1997 on their 33-footer DRIVER, and
have spent time in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Iceland, the Faroes, Northern
Scotland, Norway, Greenland, and Newfoundland. They are currently settling
down for the winter in Maine.
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