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For those of you who are interested in a bit more background and how we got where we are today.

John and Caroline got married in 1988 in Italy. Living on the Italian Riviera provided a wonderful opportunity to fall in love not only with each other, but with sailing as a way to explore. With their 27 ft Beneteau, which they co-owned with a couple of friends, they spent their holidays sailing to Elba, around Corsica and to Mallorca. Then one day, when on a hike, John asked Caroline: "How about sailing to the next job?" Before they knew it they were sailing their 46 ft sloop "Redwings" on a 7-month trip to San Diego. They loved the cruising life and the boat and lived on her during their 3-year stay in California. Three years and two kids later John was offered a job in Singapore. This provided the perfect opportunity to take some time off and sail there via the South Pacific, visiting spectacular islands like the Marquesas, Tahiti, Fiji and Vanuatu. Casper was two and a half and Alex only 3 months when they left, so this cruise wasn't quite as relaxed as the first one. If you like you can read some excerpts from those old times in the cruise 1995 log.

"Redwings" arrived in Singapore in October 1995 and the family moved ashore. "Redwings" was sold a year later, and went on to have great adventures with her new owners. Things settled down, the kids went to school. There was never any doubt, however, that it was only a matter of time until the next sailing adventure. In 2002 they found "Jocara" in Malaysia, brought her to Singapore and moved on board. Casper and Alex had no trouble at all adjusting to living on board a boat. The original idea was to take a year off with the family and sail around the Indian Ocean. It has now grown into Jocara Indian Ocean Quest and involves education, research and raising public awareness of the threats to the ocean ecosystem.

The family in 1995


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