Read about our adventures as we sailed around the world, and you can see the places we went through Google Earth! This wasn’t a race, we started in November 2009, and completed our journey in June 2015. We visited as many places as we could, and had many adventures along the way. We turned our trip into an expedition using Google Earth to research where we were going and to share our experiences. We tried 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 could 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 enhanced our trip, enabled us to share new kinds of information, and made it possible for us to stay connected with the world.

Frank Taylor was 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 tried to share as many aspects of our trip 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 was used to plan our travels and find unique places to visit.

This was a trip of a lifetime for Karen and Frank. Read the Tahina blog to see what the trip was like. Experience the exhilaration and excitement as we discovered new places, met amazing people, and saw the wildlife and nature of our planet. Also read about our trials and tribulations as we struggled with weather, boat equipment, injuries, and other challenges faced by mariners of the oceans.