Sailing around the world aboard Heretic, 2006-2010
Here’s a map of the route and below are picture galleries of each stage of the voyage.
2006: East Coast, USA: Maine – Cape Cod – New York City – Delaware and Chesapeake Bays – ICW to North Carolina. Restoring the old and primitive Heretic and trying to beat winter down the coast.
Launch day finally came, October 7, 2006
Seth drills to install SSB radio ground
Two kids setting out…
Sunrise in Heretic’s home port in Maine
Restoring Heretic to sea-going condition
Tree removed! Progress resumes!
Seth navigating the ICW
Moonrise on a cold but clear overnight passage to Freeport, Maine
Centerboard tube project
Heretic floating above flooded docks in a winter storm, Chesapeake Bay
2007: Offshore in the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas – Turks and Caicos – Jamaica – Panama Canal.
Haitian boat clears Customs in the Bahamas
Clouds building before the strong winds
First New Year’s Day aboard Heretic, Staniel Cay regatta, 2007
Tow in the Panama Canal
Climbing up to Reach Falls
Healthy antler coral, Bahamas 2006
Tight squeeze through the breakwater under sail!
Bahamian boat racing in the Exumas – gorgeous!
2007: Crossing the Pacific Ocean – Panama to Galapagos and Polynesia.
With Heretic in the South Pacific
Lovely sailing (not the trip to Aitutaki!)
Marae built into the lagoon
Heretic in Polynesia
Sailing in the Marquesas
Filling water on our circumnavigation
Sighting land after 27 days
2007 – 2008: Cyclone Season in New Zealand. Further restoring/repairing Heretic, sailing, working, hiking, and car-camping.
What we mostly did while in New Zealand on our circumnavigation…
Dolphin seen from the dinghy!
Herding the lambs for shearing
A kea (alpine parrot) in Fiordland
Seth and the giant sundial above Russell – the sundial reads backwards b/c it’s in the southern hemisphere!
Installing the new-to-us engine
Leaving Wellington at dawn
We’ve had the clean stern/decks philosophy since the beginning, even on the smaller Heretic that we sailed around the world. Here Ellen’s sailing her in New Zealand in 2007.
Check out the HUGE tree fern!!
Lighthouse near the sheep station
Camping by Lake Te Anau, Fiordland, New Zealand
2008: Back to “the islands”: New Zealand to Fiji – Vanuatu – Queensland, Australia.
Wing ‘n’ wing aboard Heretic, Pacific Ocean
Catamaran we towed into Port Vila
Sunday brunch in a Fijian village. Photo thanks to Duncan Owen (s/v Whisper).
Red-footed booby rides on our boom to Australia!
Anchored off Cairns
2009: Australia: Sailing north up the Great Barrier Reef, major boat work in the Northern Territory.
Rebuilding the 20-year-old Yanmar on our old boat, Australia
Rocky, red Flinders Islands
Bucket laundry, Lizard Island
Ellen diving on the Great Barrier Reef
New friends and old friends anchored off Lizard Island, Australia
2009: Crossing the Indian Ocean: Ashmore Reef – Cocos Keeling Island – Rodrigues – Mauritius – Reunion – South Africa.
Arrived on beautiful Cocos!
Finally sighted land!
2009 – 2010: Rounding the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa: Richards Bay – East London – Port Elizabeth – Mossel Bay – Cape Town. Plus visits to local game reserves.
Moon on a beautiful evening en route to Africa
Cape Town seen from atop Lion’s Head
Feathered friend hitches a ride on our polycrystalline solar panels!
Baby Giraffe, South Africa
2010: Crossing the Atlantic: Cape Town – St Helena Island – Ascension Island – Barbados.
St Helena Island
Landfall on St Helena Island, South Atlantic
Ascension Island dawn landfall
Fun shot from our circumnavigation 🙂 Can you find me in this picture?
2010: Caribbean: Barbados – Martinique – Dominica – Guadeloupe – Antigua – Barbuda.
Dead coral near Antigua, 2010
Wee Primitive Boat meets Gigantic Luxury Boat!
Lovely Caribbean sailing aboard Heretic
2010: Passage to Bermuda and back to Maine, to complete our voyage around the world.
…and returning 4 years later!
Pelagic crab! They live in Sargassum weed that’s characteristic of the N. Atlantic gyre.
Back in Maine at the end of the circumnavigation
Decked out for the homecoming party!
Dolphins in the calm
Tropicbird investigates our sails
All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard 2017, All Rights Reserved.