About Us

We are a family of 4: Rob, Cally, Emily and James Burch

We all love sailing and have decided to take a year out from rushing around and chasing our tails to focus on what’s important to us in life: time together and taking responsibility for own welfare and happiness.

This is our blog, which we have started because we want to keep in touch with family and friends – old and new!  So please do contact us!

12 Responses to About Us

  1. Sophie says:

    I have clearly missed some pretty significant events in your lives!!! Good luck to you and I look forward to hearing about all your adventures. Ours will be mundane by comparison: moving to Brussels in August. Lots of love, SophieX

  2. ian says:

    I was just looking through the ARC list for a Beneteau 473 to follow and can’t belive my luck !
    Will be following your adventures VERY closely as my family and yours appear to be like minded !!!
    So interested in Rafiki’s abilities……
    All the best,
    Ian in Poole Dorset

    • Ian
      I am Cally’s father and I have now taken over the blog. She and Rob had been incredibly busy until they eventually left Southsea two days ago. They are now in Dartmouth and they hope to reach Plymouth tomorrow, where they need to do some final repairs. No doubt Cally will be in touch with you then. Regards Tim Adams

    • Moxie crew says:

      Hi, we are a family also on a 473 and have been cruising for the past 2.5 years in the med. Moxie will soon be up for sale Jan 2013 so Ian in poole dorset, if your interest is looking to purchase or indeed anyone else looking for an awesomely equipped 473 please get in touch. Moxie@mailasail.com.

      To the burch family, meet the another nautical burch family here http://burchfamilyontour.wordpress.com/about/

    • Hi Ian,
      Just looking back through comments and saw yours. Are you looking to buy a 473? Rafiki is for sale when we are back in the UK in the summer (or earlier in the Carribbean), so do let us know if you are interested. We have been very happy with her and only sell her as we cannot afford to keep a boat once our year away is over. Do let us know if you are interested.
      Rob & Cally

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hi, I’ve heard about your story and think it would make an interesting feature for the Surrey Advertiser. Can you provide me with a contact number please? Thanks. Jennifer

    • Hi Jennifer. Thanks for your email. We are currently in Falmouth, getting the boat ready for crossing Biscay when the next spell of decent settled weather comes our way. If you would like to contact us, Rob’s mobile number is 07702 526874. Thanks, Cally

  4. Ryan Marriner says:

    Hello Burch Family,
    We are an Australian family of 4 and we also love to sail, or my wife and I did prior to our children (2 and 4 years old).
    We have been thinking very seriously about buying a large yacht ,40ft plus (we currently have a 23ft Mono hull) and living on the boat/ cruising. One of our several concerns is that our oldest boy is due to start school next year, have your children kept up with their schooling? Do you think your children could have managed/ enjoyed the trip at 3 & 5? Too Young? Are you happy with your choice of boat? We are looking at Catamarans and Monohulls which would you recommend? I understand if you are to busy to respond, many thanks if you can.
    Kind Regards,
    Ryan Marriner
    Melbourne, Australia.

    • Hi Ryan,
      Quick answer is that your kids will have a great time. We have probably met more younger children than older ones, so yours will fit in well. Home schooling is not easy, but perfectly achievable, and the kids learn so much else, that they will have no problem returning to school later. We are very happy with our boat, she is 47ft and we really appreciate the space. We had originally intended to buy one about 40ft or so, but have been very pleased with the additional room we now have (our previous boat was 31ft) You can live on a smaller boat, but everything is a bit harder. Cats offer even more room, but cost more to buy, maintain and moor in marinas. On the plus side, you can sail right up to the beach to anchor, and they don’t tip over! Where are you thinking of sailing? We are selling Rafiki in the summer in the UK as we cannot afford to keep a boat once our year away is over, so do let us know if you are interested. Rafiki is all set up for ocean sailing and living aboard, so would be a good option for you if you want a boat in Europe. We can also sell in the Caribbean if you are interested.
      Rob & Cally

  5. Ryan Marriner says:

    ….Any other cruising/ live a board families who read my previous post please reply.

  6. andybuckley says:

    Hi Guys

    I heard about your adventure when I met Tim (sadly) at a funeral in Amersham and we realised that both our familes had done some sailing. However, my experience of crewing on a Moody 31 three times on the ‘Round the Island’ race (although we did come third in our class one year) and once x-Channel Poole to Cherbourg pales into insignificance compared with what you are doing…
    Tim talked enthusiastically about your year away and I just had to come and have a look.
    What an adventure!! not only for yourselves but for the children too!
    I shall keep dipping in to the blog to see what you’ve been up to – and wish you Godspeed for the remaining time on your Big Sailing Adventure! Enjoy!

    Andy Buckley

  7. Tim Butler says:

    Hi Cally

    Tim here (crew from Troskala ARC2012)

    Hope all is well! 🙂

    I didn’t managed to get your details off Oliver and Carlotta before they returned to the BVI’s!

    I’m moving Excalibur this weekend with a friend if all goes well. I have space for 1 extra crew member. No wind, so looks like a long motor up to Queenborough on Saturday, then Queenborough to St Kats on the Sunday.

    Let me know if you or Rob fancy a weekend on the water.

    Shall be departing between 8-10am this Saturday 16th November.

    Take care


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