Melbourne couple Kristine Costalos and John Tilley set sail amidst lockdown


Melbourne couple Kristina Costalos and pilot John Tilley set sail along Australia’s east coast on their brand new yacht three months ago. 

Ms. Costalos says she has Tilley’s navigation experience to thank for their escape from lockdown. 

“I just remember thinking to myself there has to be more to my life right now,” Ms Costalos, a former news reporter, told A Current Affair

“I don’t even know what day it is anymore.”

They currently sit in Airlie Beach near North Queensland after finding themselves in dire straits in the Bass Strait between Tasmania and Melbourne. 

“I don’t think this is for everyone, and John’s navigation experience has been an absolute bonus,” Ms Costalos says. 

“For example our auto pilot failed when we were in Bass Strait. It was a really scary experience but John was able to stay at the helm for 17 hours and get us through.”

“The sea is the limit, or the border quarantine requirements, that’s the limit,” Tilley added. 

The couple had no real sailing experience before setting off but they took lessons and spent a lot of time living on the boat to get used to it. 

Source: 9Now 




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