SCOTTS VALLEY >> A Scotts Valley native and his girlfriend are aiming to sail their boat through the Caribbean Islands, across the Panama Canal and across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia. And they want to share the adventure with the world.
Jordan Wicht, 27, and Desiree Golen, 28, of Key West, Florida are repairing a 51-year-old sail boat in hopes of sailing through the Caribbean Islands. They plan to launch a series of videos on their adventures, showcasing the journey, cultures they encounter and people they meet.
Wicht, who graduated Scotts Valley High School in 2006, attended to San Diego State University to study film after high school. After graduating, he worked on the super yacht — a larger, luxury boat — to make ends meet and saved up enough to buy a boat of his own one day.
After he met Golen, the two worked on the super yacht before leaving their jobs. The couple found a 51-year-old boat for sale in Florida for $5,000, which was a steal according to them. Still, it needed extensive repairs and was on land for six months before it was whole — and safe — enough to float in the water.
“People think to be able to buy a boat, you have to be retired and wealthy,” Golen said. “We found that”s not completely true. What we found in owning a 51-year-old boat is the initial expense is very low.”
The boat, The Atticus, was named after Wicht”s favorite character in literature, Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“Jordan was captivated by the idea of self knowledge and understanding the world and making it a better place,” Golen said.
That”s the idea behind the project, dubbed Project Atticus. As they sail into each harbor and explore each place, they plan to document their adventure through videos. The two plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign — which asks donors to fund projects — in the fall to help raise funds for their adventure, aiming to raise $12,000 to fund for their provisions as well as the videos they”re aiming to produce.
Though it sounds like the couple is crowdsourcing their vacation, Wicht said it fits right into the Kickstarter culture.
“Anyone that has spent any amount of time doing video projects, it”s not for your enjoyment,” he said. “It”s like a job. That”s the way we look at it. Instead of enjoying our travels and using the boat to go on a vacation, we”ll use our valuable time to produce content that people should see, that people could benefit from.”
The repairs for the boat have been paid for with the couple”s savings and their own labor.
While the itinerary is loose for where they couple will travel, the plan is to produce a video every two weeks while on the trip, Golen said.
“We kind of just want to educate and inspire others to understand there are all these crazy things happening and adventures and it”s really cool to see people push themselves to their limit,” she said. “And I guess this is just us pushing ourselves to our limit.”
What: A Scotts Valley native and his girlfriend are launching an website for their adventure sailing on a 51-year-old boat.
Where: The couple is based out of Key West, Florida.
When: They plan to set sail in December.
Details: For information, visit www.projectatticus.com
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