HEY THERE.  So here’s the deal, I made this video as a surprise for Luke Yeates at our wedding. We had a lot of footage from our Atlantic crossing, and passage from England to Portugal. He had been asking me to string it together all year, and I was avoiding it cause I was overwhelmed by the amount of (crap) footage.

Those of you who have been keeping up with us for a few years, know that I’ve never made a video like this and am a highly unqualified videographer. I put this together as a comedic take on our dynamics aboard S/V Desireé, to share with friends and family at our very small wedding in Scotland. It is unfiltered. I swear a lot. I had no intentions of sharing this publicly. I was back and fourth for the last few months on wanting to re-edit, cutting out the things I wasn’t comfortable sharing. F-bombs. A cigarette. Getting knocked down off of Portugal. The grumpy and irritable version of myself at sea. But I eventually concluded, who cares.

This is how it was, and a re-edit would be unfair. 

The brief back-story is as follows – When we got engaged, we decided we should attempt to sail across an ocean together, if we made it to the other side and still liked each other, then we would plan a wedding. And so we sailed, from Michigan to England, aboard my fathers 1962 Pearson Invicta 37′. It was my first ocean crossing. If you had asked me 5 years ago if I would have never imagined myself crossing an ocean, the answer would have been “absolutely not.”

This is A whopping 16 minute insight of our North Atlantic passage, where we crossed from Newfoundland to England summer of 2017, and England to Portugal, spring of 2018. I have not shared much information about our passage to Portugal, as it was in my opinion, much more challenging than crossing the ocean.  I haven’t quite worked out a way to put it all down. Please know, that I will eventually share it all with you. I promise. I am a retrospect kind of gal. I need time to process.

Desireé is currently on the hard, waiting for us in Portugal. We will return in November to prep her for Atlantic crossing no. 2. We promised my dad we would return his boat back to Michigan. Our tentative route home is loose. Sail south until the butter melts… and then hook a right. During the very long way home, we will be in search of “the next boat”. Our own boat. The boat that might possibly become our home until the end of time. Please send any good leads or suggestions our way, as we will be looking in the Caribbean, and along the East Coast.

At this very moment, Luke and I are at our home base in Michigan… just over here doing my thing at www.jzevalkink.com, while Luke works diligintly in the yard fixing up an old 18 foot catamaran. My head is down and I am in work mode until the fall. Come November, you can count on having us back. I miss writing. I miss being terrified on my night watches. I miss sweaty boatyard life. Friendly marina life. Exotic sea life. I never thought I’d see myself type this, but I MISS BLOGGING.

To be continued.

26 thoughts on “FIRST . VIDEO . EVER . And possibly the last.

  1. OMG – you have gone to the dark side 🙂

    We are often asked by our readers why we don’t do videos. I tell them it takes too much time. The way we see it, we can enjoy our adventures taking a few still shots here and there put into an occasional blog post. Or, we can become slaves to a Patreons and spend our time filming and editing. People have no idea how much effort goes into producing a good quality vblog. And, then there issue of trying to find bandwidth wide enough to upload the darn things. Nah! Not for us. We are content with being old farts and having fun along our journey. We like to keep the stress low. Patreon is like having a job.

    By the way. We love the video!!! You should do more – ha ha ha!

    Mark and Cindy
    sv Cream Puff
    http://www.creampuff.us

  2. OMG – you have gone to the dark side 🙂

    We are often asked by our readers why we don’t do videos. I tell them it takes too much time. The way we see it, we can enjoy our adventures taking a few still shots here and there put into an occasional blog post. Or, we can become slaves to a Patreons and spend our time filming and editing. People have no idea how much effort goes into producing a good quality vblog. And, then there issue of trying to find bandwidth wide enough to upload the darn things. Nah! Not for us. We are content with being old farts and having fun along our journey. We like to keep the stress low. Patreon is like having a job.

    By the way. We love the video!!! You should do more – ha ha ha!

    Mark and Cindy
    sv Cream Puff
    http://www.creampuff.us

  3. Congrats on your wedding. We wish you much happiness. We were worried because you have not added to your BLOG. We hope you do not worry your parents! Yes, return your Dad’s sailing vessel. Where is your book?

  4. Thanks for letting us know your status and Congrats. on your wedding. I’m a little lost I don’t see any download for your video.

    Great to hear from you.

    Bill Fahl Acme, MI

  5. Hey Lil Jessie!
    All your Madden cousins are at Figure Eight Island in NC for our annual beach week -crazy times! But we’re all psyched to see your video … the adults, that is:) So sorry none of us could make your wedding party but we’ll connect sometime for sure!
    Love you and belated congrats on marrying that very cool guy, Luke!
    Auntie Midge

  6. Hello
    I have followed your blog since 2013. I think you are great story teller. I think the video was entertaining as your story telling comes thru. I say keep em coming!
    Cheers
    Joe

  7. Congrats from Ft Myers ! So happy for you that you’ve found your guy. Looking forward to your video and some wedding pics please and someday babies on board !

  8. Thanks for taking the time to put that together, I enjoyed it. I tried my hand at making a video awhile back, yours is like a well polished work of art compared to what I ended up with. You definitely have a flair for telling a story. So, is there a book in the future?

  9. Jess, this totally awesome, love it! Cannot believe it’s your first foray into video! Now, when do we get to see Luke lose his cool? No question that you two are made for each other. Jim and Louise would be over the moon to see you together! Love, AB

    Sent from my iPad

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  10. Hi guys, I read your blog from time to time, it reminds me of my boat life as a young man. I really like your picture eye and I would enjoy to meet you both to offer you a drink and chat over boat life… I curently live on a farm in Portugal with woman and two daughters who have been sailing down to Portugal from Brittany. My boat is drydocked in Portimao (south Portugal) and might be for sale unless a young couple… Would you have a little time to share whilst in Portugal before you cross again ? Please let me know. We would enjoy to meet you. Have fun take care.
    Laurent, Cécile, Charline and Toscane

    1. Hi there !! Thank you so much for your sweet offer ! Would you mind checking in and sending me an email next month or early November ? We will be arrive in Portugal second week of November, and will spend a few weeks there. Would be lovely to meet you

  11. Nice to hear from you, wondered what happen, but ground life gets in the way, get back to writing! tom

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

  12. This is fantastic … I have watched it at least 3 times. However, the still shots at the end are still my favorite. Your style of part almost studio and part almost vacation is just captivating. I cant wait to see more. Oh … and congratulations on your marriage. I know that it will be awesome for decades to come.

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