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