A Few Words...
My name is Joshua Burke and I am 15 years old. I am currently a freshmen in high school and living on a boat. Her name is Sea Glass and I have been traveling the world for almost 5 years now. I have been loving the traveling, and I am really, really lucky that I have been able to do what I am doing now. Also, my interests are history, flying, sailing, reading, and sports in general.
In your opinion, what's the best and worst thing about living on the Sea Glass?
Well, the best thing about living on Sea Glass is having the ability to travel the open ocean and really wherever you want (except for like the middle on Mongolia). The “worst” thing about living on Sea Glass is that (in my case), you are in close proximity to the other 4 members of your family. So sometimes it can be a little….. rough.
What's the longest number of days you've spent at sea?
It was on a passage from Hong Kong to Singapore, and it took ten days of open water crossing. That passage was actually really, really cool because we went between two hurricanes. We timed it just right that we had spectacular weather. We were also down-wind sailing for most of the journey which is awesome and it beats up-wind sailing by a mile. Also, we don’t like to do big, long stretches like that. We only do them if we have to. For the most part we sail in sight of land and do little hops. Usually that means a day hop, an overnight, or a two day journey.
What does a typical day look like for you and what are some of your responsibilities on the Sea Glass?
A typical day….. well that’s the thing about living on a boat, there is no “typical day”. We are always doing something interesting and fun most days. Whether going to the zoo, going to some village, going on a long car trip, diving some awesome reef, climbing an active volcano, visiting some shrine or temple, meeting the sea gypsies, or accidentally sailing through some war zone each day is interesting.
I am first-mate on Sea Glass and I have a lot of responsibilities. Some of them are being the dishwasher, cleaning the boat, being a part-time helmsman (driving the boat), raising and lowering the sails, being dinghy “boy”, and the captain’s (my Dad) personal assistant.
What's your favorite and most memorable experience from all of your adventures?
I been to so many places and done so many things, that I don’t have one favorite experience, I have a select few however. They are diving an atoll called Layang Layang, diving a UNESCO reef in the Philippines called Tubbataha, riding the Bullet Train (or Shinkansen) from Tokyo to Kyoto, going to Angkor Watt, giving clothes to the Sea gypsies in Myanmar, and climbing an active volcano in Papua New Guinea.
Do you encounter dangerous storms often? What are some important things you have to do during a storm?
We do encounter a “dangerous" storm from time to time. We’ve also had strong gusts (50+ knots) come out from the middle of nowhere, and those are more scarier then the storms. As I mentioned before, we did sail between two hurricanes, and those hurricanes did kill a ton of people in the Philippines and Vietnam…. and killed the person who was sailing quite a ways behind us, but we timed it just right, and we had awesome weather. Well, some important things that you have to do when a storm hits you is to make sure you do not fall overboard, if you do you will most likely die. Also, make sure everything is tied down, otherwise stuff will fly all over the place.
Is there anything else you would like to share that we haven't discussed yet?
I’ll go ahead and list all of the countries I’ve been to by my boat. I’ve been to Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong (China), Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Japan, Canada, and the Untied States. Also, I went by plane while traveling to Cambodia and South Korea. I hope to go to Mexico at the end of this year, and after that central America and Ecuador.
Interviewer: Fatima D.
Post By: Christina K.