Two brothers escape the recession on a sailboat

Sailboats in French Polynesian waters. Courtesy of Pierre Lesage, flickr.com.
Sailboats in French Polynesian waters. Courtesy of Pierre Lesage, flickr.com.

Two middle-class, mid-twenties brothers from suburban Chicago decided to escape the recession in a, well, unique way, according to Sarah Rose in an article for Outside Magazine. In 2011, the Kleeman brothers combined their savings, bought a 32-foot sailboat off Craigslist and set off on an adventurous sailing journey to circle the world. Oh, and they only had a few sailing lessons between them — ever.

“The Kleeman brothers are classic examples of a timeless urge: to do something very different with your life — now, not years from now, even if doing so requires walking away from ordinary comforts and charting a radical, potentially dangerous new course,” Rose writes in the article.

Rose recently joined the brothers in French Polynesia to capture their story. Read her riveting first hand account here.