Barbara Robertson sails Red Shoes, a Hallberg-Rassy 40, and she found a way to successfully combine her work and cruising with her husband. "We cruise six months a year in Europe," she says. "During the sailing off-season, I work as an anesthetist in the Southern Hemisphere, and on our way to and from the boat, we pass through Vancouver, Canada, twice a year in May and October and get to spend a few weeks seeing family and friends.
"To me, full-time cruising lacks routine and rootedness. The constant change makes me feel off balance. It's nice to get back to a daily routine, meet fellow professionals whom I'll see again, and take stock, all against the backdrop of anticipating a return to the boat. As a result, both the cruising and land-based sides of my life seem more fulfilling."