round-the-world

Around the world in 80 months

Published on 21 june 2016 at 0h00

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So here we are, back at our starting point in South Africa.

January 1st 2010 we let slip the lines with our four children on board our new 50 foot catamaran, Banana, a St Francis 50 which had only come out of the yard five months previously. Fast forward to March 2016, 6 years later, and there are only three of us on board. Our two eldest are finishing university in Montreal, while our daughter has been boarding in high school the past two years. The youngest has continued with home-schooling on board, right till the end of our trip. He’s 15 now, and we’re going to be ashore for three years, which will give him time to graduate from high school.
As I haven’t got the space to write a novel here, I’m going to try and summarize as much as possible. Both the human and technical aspects of our adventure will hopefully be interesting to those planning to set off one day. The simplest way to put it, is to simply say “Yes, but they can”, and to carry on with your usual routine. Of course in this case you should immediately put down this corrupting magazine, otherwise you might end up taking a huge risk: you’ll set off, or at least start dreaming about a project.
Without any doubt, that’s what happened to us. One day our dreams became a project, and eventually we cast off.
40,000 miles, that’s twice the distance around the world, and way more than we had banked on doing. We had anticipated the stock of spares we would need for a year (filters, service kits, seals, ...

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