It was 4 years ago since we made the decision to sail around the world. This had been a dream of mine ever since I read Shrimpy by Shane Acton at the age of 10. After working a 12 hour stint as an analyst I realised there and then that there was more to life than sitting behind a desk day in and day out. I needed an escape from the rat-race and the decision to sail around the world was a ticket to a better life doing something that I had enjoyed in the past.
Sharing this with Carlotta that night re-confirmed that the decision was the right one and from there we agreed to follow the dream. 4 years has passed and after changing jobs, crewing, qualifying as a Yachtmaster, buying a boat and fitting her out we are now finally ready to set sail a year later than expected. A lot of lessons have been learnt on the way and a lot of courage was needed by both to move away from a life of security and work to one of changing horizons and new experiences. I do hope this blog will inspire and entertain you as we circumnavigate the world within 3 years.
Overview of trip:
We will be leaving St Katharine Docks in London on the 25th July then sailing down to Ipswich to have Troskala hauled out to complete our final tasks. We plan to sail to Falmouth through August and depart Falmouth heading to Gijon (northern Spain) by the final week arriving in Spain by the first week of September. We will then move on down the coast of Portugal and onto Madeira then heading to the Canary Islands ready to take part in the Atlantic Rally.
We will be departing Las Palmas on the 25th November arriving in St Lucia by the 15th December, we will then continue up the Caribbean heading to Florida. After this we plan to head through the Panama Canal and into the South Pacific where we will head to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.
Our final leg is yet to be decided but we plan to head to South Africa and the turn back up the Western coast and into the Med.
This blog will track our adventure by each leg and we do hope you enjoy sharing our dream and asking questions along the way.
Quotes that motivated us:
‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
― Chris McCandless