The Crew

We're the Ward's - A family of five from Richmond, VA, USA cruising on mission aboard our sailboat, "Koinonia" (pronounced: koy-nohn-nee-ah).

You can learn more on our FAQ page about the reasons we decided to change our lifestyle and live on a boat with our children, instead of the more conventional plan of waiting for retirement.  If you're considering traveling afloat with your family or you think what we're doing sounds a little crazy (as in, crazy awesome), check out our FAQs page and also our Resources page.

 

Get to Know Us

Ben and Amber met at the age of 4 in Columbus, Georgia, USA. They attended the same church, the same schools, and were friends who fell in love during their college years. After a few job moves, they ended up in Virginia, sailing and racing on the Chesapeake Bay, as well as completing Coastal ASA courses at the Maryland School of Sailing & Seamanship. This sparked our dream of cruising and traveling by sailboat with our children.

How Did We Get Here

Ben works in the banking industry for a top 5 US bank and has 20+ years of product and technology management experience. Amber is an early childhood major and teacher who has been homeschooling for 9+ years.

In 2019, we bought a sloop rigged Passport 47 sailboat. We hope you'll follow along on our adventures through our blog and social media.

Ben & Amber Ward Sailing Koinonia
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Ben & Amber Ward Annapolis Boat Show 2019
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Ben and Amber Ward VA Beach
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Amber & Ben ASA 103 Rockhall, MD
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Ben & Amber Ward

Madelyn Ward
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Elizabeth Ward
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Aliza Ward
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Maddy, Lizzy, & Aliza Ward