"In 1982, Ray and Patricia Vellinga hopped aboard their 41-foot Formosa Ketch sailboat and set out on a voyage through the Mediterranean. The couple, true DINKS — double income, no kids — wanted to spend 1 1/2 years exploring the sea, the ports and the people of the region.
That was their plan.
What they didn’t realize was just how entrenched they would become in that part of the world. What started out as an 18-month voyage turned into 19 years."