Back off their honeymoon – after 15 years!

Debz and Dave on their yacht with their sons Oscar and Jack.
Debz and Dave on their yacht with their sons Oscar and Jack.

Deborah Christiansen-Lee and her new husband David set off on a year-long honeymoon on board their new yacht – and returned home 15 years later with two young children in tow.

The couple are now selling their yacht after an adventure of a lifetime which took in two-thirds of the world.

Deborah Christiansen-Lee with sons Oscar and Jack on their first day at Bolton-le-Sands Primary School.

Deborah Christiansen-Lee with sons Oscar and Jack on their first day at Bolton-le-Sands Primary School.

They have returned to Morecambe and their sons, both born in Malaysia, have started at a proper primary school for the first time in their lives.

Deborah, known as Debz, grew up in Morecambe, attending Heysham High before going to Fleetwood Nautical College, hoping to join the Navy.

However, she ended up working for Hewlett Packard in the south of England, where she met her husband-to-be Dave.

She said: “We got married and sailed off on a yacht. It was supposed to be for a year but we got the bug and it ended up being three years.

The family yacht.

The family yacht.

“We then just carried on travelling and in the end we were away for 15 years.

“Before we had the children we went about two-thirds of the way around the world, across two oceans and through the Panama canal.

“Since the children were born we have been based in Penang in Malaysia.”

After sons Oscar, now nine, and Jack, six, were born, life on a 36ft yacht became too cramped.

The next couple of years were spent looking for a new boat, and six years ago a bigger yacht was found – burnt out.

However, having spent years refitting the boat, it will now be sold after the family made the decision to move back to England.

Oscar and Jack began their English school life at Poulton-le-Sands Primary School last week, with some impressive stories to share with their new friends.

While English is their first language, they can both speak basic Mandarin and Malaysian and have travelled around many parts of Malaysia and Thailand in their young lives.

Debz said: “I had been home schooling them but it’s harder than I anticipated.

“You have to make the decision that your children’s education is very important and so that’s why we decided to come back.”

Debz’s mum and sister still lived in Morecambe, but had not seen the boys since they were babies.

As well as getting used to living on dry land again, the boys are acclimatising to life in England, with the weather being one of the noticeable differences to their lives.

Debz said: “They had this idea that England was under snow and ice for six months of the year and were quite excited.

“But after the first few days at school went well, they woke up on Tuesday morning to colder weather and were a bit miserable.

“They are not used to the cooler temperatures yet.

“It will be nice to see the changing seasons again and some of the familiar English things we missed, but we are missing some of the things from back there too.”