Our story

We bought s/y Esper (then named Dersu Uzala) in Turkey in 2005, where we spent the first three years around the Aegean, flitting between Greece and Turkey.

Alanya, Turkey
Liz looks out across Alanya, on the south central Turkish coastline, surrounded by the Taurus Mountains (2008)
Esper takes a mooring buoy in Greece
Esper takes a mooring buoy in Greece (2009)

In 2010 we set off across the eastern Med and through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea.

Esper running down-wind in the northern Red Sea, Sinai.
Esper running down-wind in the northern Red Sea, Sinai (2010)

Cruising down the east African coast through places like Eritrea and Sudan, Jamie started taking his photography more seriously, and Liz spent more time honing her travel writing skills.

Children of Massawa, Eritrea
Children of Massawa, Eritrea (2010)
Somali refugee, Massawa
Somali refugee, Massawa (2010)
Butcher, Suakin (2010)
Butcher, Suakin (2010)
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Rickshaw repair man, Suakin (2010)

The next part of our journey took us through some of the most beautiful and treacherous sailing locations on the planet. At the height of piracy in this region we made the arduous journey through the Gulf of Aden, taking in Yemen and Oman before crossing the Arabian Sea to India.

Khat vendor in Aden, Yemen (2011)
Khat vendor in Aden, Yemen (2011)