What’s in a Name?

The first time I ever remember hearing the term “sea change”, I was sitting in a dive bar in Northeast Minneapolis (Nord’east, to the locals).   Shane and I had met up for drinks, on an evening when he had just returned from some business trip.  After a few beers, he told me that, while he was gone, he had a “sea change” about our relationship.  What does that mean, I asked… He described to me that a “sea change” is what happens to sailors when they go out to sea for a long time.  It’s when they get out there and have experiences that give them a whole new perspective, and they are forever changed.  Transformed.  What he meant was that he was getting “serious” about me.  (Hooray!)

While trying to name Sea Change,  we batted around a lot of other names.  We wanted something simple, something nautical.  We also wanted something indicative of who we are, and what we’re about.  We’re about to have a sea change.

The term sea change actually originates from a phrase in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

sea change


1A seemingly magical change, as brought about by the action of the sea

[coined by Shakespeare, in Ariel's song ``Full Fathom Five'' in The Tempest (1611)]
2. A change caused by the sea: “Of his bones are coral made:/Those are pearls that were his eyes:/Nothing of him that doth fade,/But doth suffer a sea change” (Shakespeare).
3. A marked transformation: “The script suffered considerable sea changes, particularly in structure” (Harold Pinter).

We’re moving aboard at the end of this month.  We will join the ranks of “cruising” sailors from around the world. In early May, when the weather is right, we’ll cast off from Duluth, Minnesota, USA.  Duluth is the western-most port of the inland seas (The Great Lakes).  Our intended destination is Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – Shane’s first home.

We believe, and certainly hope, that the experiences we are about to have will be transformative.  Through this blog we will will share the journey with friends, family, and the sailing world.  Welcome to svseachange.com.