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Maryland Family Departs On Year-Long Sailing Expedition

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

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This next story is about family bonding, as in spending a year in 62 foot seaborne vessel together family bonding. Okay, here's the scoop. Eastern Troy residents Richard and Jessica Johnson have been wild about sailing for as long as they can remember. And for the next year, they're bringing their kids, Emma and Molly, on a round the world sailing adventure.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

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Setting off from of the little town of Oxford, Md. The family recently took Tara Boyle inside the final preparations for their expedition on their sailboat, Elcie and she brought us this audio postcard.

MR. RICHARD JOHNSON

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Hello, this is Richard Johnson on Elcie and we're getting close to departure. We're going to take the next year and sail to New Zealand basically in 10 legs.

MS. JESSICA JOHNSON

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This is Jessica. So I'm here talking to Molly and Molly is one of our deckhands. She's nine and, Molly, you're getting to go on a long trip. So how are you feeling about heading out into the ocean on Elcie?

MS. MOLLY JOHNSON

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I don't want to leave my friends here, but I also want to go on all these adventures and swim in coral reefs.

MS. TARA BOYLE

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So you sailed about 10,000 miles back from New Zealand with your family on Elcie and now you're heading out again. What are some of the things that you've lived from living on a sailboat?

JOHNSON

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I've learned how to tie some knots and what direction north, south, east, west is in and I have learned lots, how to sail a sailboat.

JOHNSON

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So let's take it up, let's take the dingy up on the jib now, here, so if you slack it off, I'll go hook it up.

JOHNSON

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All right, going up.

JOHNSON

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I'm looking around me at this deckhouse right now and even though we're only about 10 days away from departure, it doesn't exactly look like a boat ready to go to sea. It pretty much works out that it all just kind of comes down to the last minute.

JOHNSON

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Have you made the other calls yet?

JOHNSON

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I think I got everything done. Let me -- we got the Netflix canceled, the New York Times subscription, that's gone. We've checked in with the car and home insurance. We have the boat insurance to deal with tomorrow.

JOHNSON

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So Molly, when you're living on the boat, you don't have a very big bedroom and you live in a cabin that you share with your sister and you have a bunk. Can you describe what it's like to live in a cabin on a boat?

JOHNSON

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First of all, our mattresses feel like they're made of concrete, which my Dad likes to say, a slab of concrete. And it's kind of small, but me and my sister, Emma, decorate it with lots of posters and I have a bulletin board with calendars and all this other stuff.

JOHNSON

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You get to see a lot of the sky in the daytime and in the nighttime, is there any favorite time that you like to be out on deck and look at the sky?

JOHNSON

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I sometimes might sleep outside and look at the stars at night when we're anchored.

JOHNSON

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Sometimes, the most relaxing time is once you cast off the dock lines and you can kind of get into your shipboard routine. Yes, there's lots and lots, lots of things to pay attention to and we look forward to getting underway.

SHEIR

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That was Jessica, Richard and Molly Johnson. The family which includes another daughter, Emma, is spending the next year sailing around the world. They're bringing along passengers on various legs of the trip so if you'd like to check out their itinerary, head to our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

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Up next, parenting Naked Mole Rat style.

MR. DAVID KESSLER

00:04:26
And the first solid food they eat is feces.

MR. SABRI BEN-ACHOUR

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Okay.

SHEIR

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It's coming your way on "Metro Connection," on WAMU 88.5.
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