When we embarked on this journey of a lifetime in November 2009, we planned on taking five or more years to complete a trip around our beautiful planet. We knew adventures, trials and tribulations, lots of boat work, new friends, and exotic destinations awaited us. Our expectations were exceeded in almost every respect.
When we arrive next week in Grenada, we will cross a line of our passage from the start of the trip. This means we will have officially completed our circumnavigation of Earth. It is the realization of a dream that Karen and I agreed to embark upon back in 2003 when we were sailing the Caribbean with our children. It is the realization of a dream I’ve had since I was a boy.
I analyzed our GPS tracks and found we will have traveled on Tahina about 41, 700 nautical miles since we began the journey when we arrive in Grenada. Most of that sailing, but while in Malaysia/Indonesia a couple thousand of those miles were motoring. There just isn’t much wind on the equator in that part of the world.
We visited 30 unique countries on Tahina during that time (not counting repeats or the US except for American Samoa). We visited a few other countries by land or air while on the trip as well.
It will be a momentous occasion for us wen we compete the trip next week. We’ll try to organize a celebration once we find some cruisers we know after our arrival. It is an achievement that very few people experience in the world by sailboat, and something we’ll never forget the rest of our life.