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50,000 sea miles


Setting moon on Pacific crossing

Moon setting at dawn on our second Pacific crossing

So, to spill the beans… this summer when we were all out-of-touch and offline, we were sailing across the Pacific again. This second Pacific Ocean crossing was quite different from our first one in 2007, but more on that in a later post. I’m still processing the whole experience in my head (and in my photo file folders!), so for now this post is just a fun little look back: 

  • When we crossed the Pacific this time, it had been 11 years since our first Pacific crossing.
  • It had been 8 years since we were last in the Southern Hemisphere,
  • and 7 years since we’d sailed in the Tropics.


    One of our last tropical ports on our circumnavigation

  • So that means we’ve now been sailing offshore for 12 years! (on and off, it hasn’t been full time all that time.) Here’s a fun little slideshow of highs and lows aboard HERETIC and CELESTE:
  • The crossing this summer was our 4th transoceanic passage. 

    Passage to Africa

    Moon on a beautiful evening en route to Africa,  towards the end of our 2nd transoceanic passage

  • We’ve also sailed across  4 seas – the Caribbean, the Coral Sea, the Arafura Sea, the Bering, and the Chukchi – and across 4 “gulfs” – the Gulf of Maine, the Gulf of Alaska, the Gulf of Panama, and the Gulf of Carpentaria.


    Waves breaking on St Paul Island, central Bering Sea

  • We’ve been 3 times across the Equator and twice across the Arctic Circle. 

    Crossing the Arctic Circle

    Across the Arctic Circle

  • And partway through this summer’s Pacific crossing, we passed 50,000 nautical miles sailed, and said a prayer of thanks to the sturdy vessels that have taken us so far.

Author: Ellen

sailor, writer, photographer

18 thoughts on “50,000 sea miles

  1. Wow. That is some serious travel. I am envious of you being able to disconnect from the world for such large time periods but I don’t think I could be on a boat that much! Do you ever feel the urge to go for a long run while on board?

    • It was certainly a great feeling to be away from the computer/phone/online stuff, etc, though we’re paying for it now with a ton to catch up on! And yes, we definitely get restless for exercise when we’re on passages! It’s a real challenge (mentally and physically) to be confined to so little space for so long – endurance in an entirely different way. We tend to overdo it when we get to ports – hike 15 miles up a 3000-foot mountain or head off on a 30-mile bike ride… It’s tough to stay fit when you’re at sea for long periods – at our age, you can recover your physical fitness pretty well after letting it atrophy for a month, but I’m not sure how we’ll solve the problem as we get older – it’s something I’ve been trying to think out.

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  3. That is amazing, congratulations!!

  4. Great photos Ellen. And an amazing achievement.
    I see you were in St Helena. Did you get to Tristan da Cunha?
    Where are you now? Anytime we in CH will see you soon?

    • Thank you, Hoan! Great to hear from you! I’m not sure when we’ll make it to CH next, though I hope a trip is in the works at some point – be fun to see you again! We’re still in the Pacific and I think we’ll keep the boat here quite a while – so many islands to see! But yes, we did go to St Helena on our round-the-world voyage – beautiful spot, as you know! No, we didn’t make it to Tristan da Cunha, though it’s definitely on our “someday” list! You enjoyed it, yes?
      Hope to see you again soon!

  5. Inspirational to say the least!
    I meet you both when you were speaking at the Miami boat show a couple of years back.
    Where are you sailing now?
    Since then, I have a new Pogo 36 and currently sailing around the world.
    I left Europe in January 2018 and am heading from Indonesia to South Africa in two weeks.

    • Thanks for getting in touch! And congratulations on being already more than halfway around the world! So soon, too! That’s a lot of miles in a short time! Very good luck on the Indian Ocean crossing, and especially on the section to South Africa.
      Fair winds!

  6. Wow guys, what a sensational achievement ! No wander you’ ve been quiet… not much wifi in the middle of the Pacific! Hope to see you in Australia at some stage!

    • I hope so, too! Though it’ll probably be a little while… last time we kinda blew through the Pacific – did it in 2 season with cyclone season in NZ in between. Trying to do it a lot slower and see a lot more this time around 🙂 Not so many miles planned in the next couple of years, but hopefully many more anchorages!

  7. Congratulations on 50M. The best way to spend 12 years.

  8. Waterbugs: Fantastic pictures and congratulations for your second crossing. I’ll forward to the St. George Community Sailing Foundation, perhaps to encourage one of our sailors to follow in your “wet” footsteps!

  9. What a fantastic achievement! Congratulations and welcome back to the Southern Hemisphere 🙂

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