My mind flashed through an enormous array of experiences that lead us to this point. Not just the many days and days of sailing, the countless hours of labor on the boat, but also the many exciting adventures and thrilling exotic locations we visited over the years. And the torment of being away from our family and friends for so long. And my mind whirled through the many challenges in our lives leading up to our being able to go on this trip. Not just the preparations of selling our home, cars, and belongings. But, even farther back to starting multiple businesses and finally having one successful enough to give us some financial stability. All that effort, and so much more.
And here we were, finally doing it! We enjoyed the moment for a little while and contemplated what we might do next. We even took some pictures. But, soon the responsibility of arrival overrided and we had to navigate Tahina into the mouth of Prickly Bay, douse our sails, and find a spot to anchor. Later we had to go ashore and do the customs and immigration formalities. We were too tired to seek out new friends to share our achievement. But, in a few days we will definitely organize a social event on Tahina to properly celebrate.
Some statistics: nearly 42,000 miles sailed since we left in 2009, we visited 30 unique countries by boat, 5 years and 2 months to complete the circumnavigation, and two very happy sailors!