From a deep desire to discover the world Diane and Jeffrey wanted to travel. They had been sailors for over 20 years. It was only natural that they would venture into unknown waters. What was the force that made them devote the major part of their life to this passion? What made them set aside their work? Truly, all we can say is that this force was overwhelming and difficult to explain how it imposed itself on them.
Born in Quebec, Diane grew up near a major river, calm lakes, and the majestic Saint Laurent. Such a proximity to nature might have explained the attraction. In addition, she was surrounded by creative people. Add this together, and you will find that it is not surprising that as an adult, Diane would want to express herself artistically. After taking up painting and other media, she chose photography. Diane went to the Ontario College of the Arts, took portrait photography at Humber College, and dark room at Sheridan College. Her landscape photography was published in Canadian Living, Photography magazines, and exhibited at different art show events across the GTA.
Diane had no notion of ocean sailing. The only time she had been on a ship was with her family using the Canadian Steam Ship line to travel to their vacation locations.
Even though Jeffrey was raised in a mining village in the north of England, he wanted to become a marine biologist. He had acquired a taste for the ocean through books.
After years of working in totally opposite fields, Diane at Kenwood Electronics in the communication department, and Jeffrey (electronic engineer) as Quality Assurance in a medical imaging company (Cedara), they came to the conclusion that buying a small sailing boat might be a good way to escape during weekends. And the plans became reality. Working toward an objective that they thought was strictly the domain of the rich and famous took years of effort. The biggest risk of all, they said, was not to live life to the fullest. Dream big and go for it.
Jeffrey relied on his ability, knowing that it was only by his own careful hand that he would make it to his destination. Therefore, courses in sailing, navigation, and communications prepared Jeffrey for future cruising.
In 1999, they embarked on their sailboat, Perce Neige. Destination South. Join them crossing Lake Ontario, visit the Erie Canal, and the splendid Hudson river. You will sail the Atlantic, discover the Dismal swamp, navigate rivers, and cross the tempestuous Gulf Stream and the Atlantic. You will learn about the Bahamas's history, visit the iguanas, face the nurse sharks, and relax near stunning blue water.
To communicate with their family and sailors friends, Diane and Jeffrey sent weekly reports to their daughter Andree who had set up a web page.
Based on these records and captivating images, we invite you to join the adventure with Diane and Jeffrey Laws.
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