With the pandemic about to sink their 3-year-old private cruise business, Jim and Judy Brown changed course — more than once. But their new Long Island headquarters presents its own challenge: a relatively short sailing season.
Confronting border closings in the Caribbean, their original base of operations, and the travel industry’s shutdown during COVID-19, Jim Brown steered the couple’s 55-foot Jeanneau sailboat, christened Dauntless, to the United States. They had planned to drop the hook in Annapolis, Maryland, before navigating to the Mediterranean.
“I’ve felt like I was a bus driver going up and down the Caribbean, so our goal was ultimately to go to the Mediterranean,” Jim said.