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