Completing Our Circumnavigation

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.

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7 Responses to Completing Our Circumnavigation

  1. Donna MacDonald says:

    I have been following you from time to time and enjoyed your many pictures and stories

    You have lived many people’s dreams,
    thanks for that.

  2. Keith Hadder says:

    I have been following your adventures from the time you left Jerritt Bay to cross the Atlantic to Bermuda on Patty Cat.You have seen some beautiful places on your adventures, thanks for all the photos you posted, and Christopher Columbus would be proud of you.

  3. Paul Gilster says:

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment. And what wonderful photos and reports along the way — many thanks!

  4. Gordon and Sherry says:

    Congratulations! We started in November, 2009 also, and we hope to cross our line at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this June. Cheers, GnS

  5. Paul Oriente says:

    What an incredible journey! CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for allowing us all to follow along with you from afar! For me, it has been like picking up the best written book and never wanting it to end.

  6. Nathan says:

    Congratulations! It’s been great following along, reading about your travels as they happen for the past 6 years. Thank you for for sharing your stories and pictures!

  7. Bill says:

    Been following your journey with much enjoyment. Truly, an accomplishment. Are you coming back to Joyner Marina?

    If so, see you then.
    m/y-Anne Marie

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