Join us! We’re sailing around the world and we would like you to follow us with this web site and through Google Earth! This isn’t a race, we started in 2009, and will finally be returning in 2015. We are visiting as many places as we can. We have turned our trip into an expedition using Google Earth to research where we are going and to share our experiences. We hope to raise awareness about issues facing our planet, learn about far away places and creatures, and have extensive content published on the Internet so people can follow our experiences.

Our boat is a 50 foot sailing catamaran called Tahina (see photos) and is owned and sailed by Karen and Frank Taylor. This web site, and the Tahina Expedition Blog, enables you to follow the expedition including why we decided to go, maps showing where we’ve gone, and a wide range of photography. You get to share in our experiences, and learn about some of the most beautiful places in the world. You can see how technology enhances our trip, enables us to share new kinds of information, and makes it possible for us to stay connected with the world.

Frank Taylor is the founder and publisher of Google Earth Blog (with 6 million world-wide annual readers) and is not only blogging the entire Tahina trip, but is also sharing as many aspects as possible with Google Earth. Not just maps and GPS tracks, but also a wide range of photography (snapshots yes, but also aerial photographs, underwater photography, 360 panoramas, and more!). And, Google Earth is being used to plan our travels and find unique places to visit.

This is a trip of a lifetime for Karen and Frank. Our goal is to share our experiences with as many people as possible. Read the Tahina blog to follow along. Experience the exhilaration and excitement as we discover new places and see the wildlife and nature of our planet, but also our trials and tribulations as we struggle with weather, boat equipment, and other challenges faced by mariners of the oceans.

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