A family are set to embark on the adventure of a lifetime - by selling up, buying a yacht and sailing round the world.
Kim and Simon Brown have swapped their six-bedroomed home in Vale Road Aylesbury for a four-bedroomed 56ft Oyster yacht named Britican and will begin their trip of a lifetime on Monday.
And with their three-year-old daughter Sienna in tow, the family will sail around the World for three years, and post about their experiences online.
During her round-the-world adventure, Sienna will be educated by her parents in on-board home-schooling sessions.
The couple have given up their jobs to take on the challenge, Simon used to work as a PE teacher for under 21s at Aylesbury Prison, while Kim started up two highly successful businesses The Overseas Guides Company and Smart Currency Exchange, which used to have offices in Market Square.
Her mum, Kim Brown, who will be chief engineer on board and is originally from Rochester, USA, said: “I grew up on Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence Seaway and enjoyed boating and sailing from an early age.
“Then, I met a boy who liked to sail, married my British prince and moved to Aylesbury in 1999.
“We used to go on annual flotilla holidays with Sunsail, but didn’t get really serious about sailing until we purchased Selene, a 346 Moody in 2011. We moored on the south coast of England in Port Solent and increased our sailing skills by practising in one of the busiest waterways in the world – The Solent. It was scary!”
“I set up our website, SailingBritican.com to share all our experiences – they’ve been awesome, but also a bit daunting! You can read about the trials and tribulations of getting set to sail round the world, it’s mind-blowing.
“As we’ve moved along, I’ve written check-lists, articles and even recorded videos - something I’ve never done before. I’m really hoping that by visiting the website, everyone will enjoy our exciting adventure and feel like they are coming along too.”
To find out more about Kim, Simon and Sienna, and their amazing adventure pick up your copy of The Bucks Herald on Wednesday.