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!
Two kids setting out…
Launch day finally came, October 7, 2006
Seth drills to install SSB radio ground
Restoring Heretic to sea-going condition
Sunrise in Heretic’s home port in Maine
Seth navigating the ICW
Centerboard tube project
Heretic floating above flooded docks in a winter storm, Chesapeake Bay
Moonrise on a cold but clear overnight passage to Freeport, Maine
2007: Offshore in the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas – Turks and Caicos – Jamaica – Panama Canal.
Climbing up to Reach Falls
Bahamian boat racing in the Exumas – gorgeous!
Haitian boat clears Customs in the Bahamas
First New Year’s Day aboard Heretic, Staniel Cay regatta, 2007
Tight squeeze through the breakwater under sail!
Healthy antler coral, Bahamas 2006
Tow in the Panama Canal
Clouds building before the strong winds
2007: Crossing the Pacific Ocean – Panama to Galapagos and Polynesia.
Marae built into the lagoon
Heretic in Polynesia
Sailing in the Marquesas
Sighting land after 27 days
With Heretic in the South Pacific
Filling water on our circumnavigation
Lovely sailing (not the trip to Aitutaki!)
2007 – 2008: Cyclone Season in New Zealand. Further restoring/repairing Heretic, sailing, working, hiking, and car-camping.
Leaving Wellington at dawn
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…
Seth and the giant sundial above Russell – the sundial reads backwards b/c it’s in the southern hemisphere!
Herding the lambs for shearing
A kea (alpine parrot) in Fiordland
Check out the HUGE tree fern!!
Dolphin seen from the dinghy!
Installing the new-to-us engine
Lighthouse near the sheep station
2008: Back to “the islands”: New Zealand to Fiji – Vanuatu – Queensland, Australia.
Wing ‘n’ wing aboard Heretic, Pacific Ocean
Red-footed booby rides on our boom to Australia!
Sunday brunch in a Fijian village. Photo thanks to Duncan Owen (s/v Whisper).
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.
Bucket laundry, Lizard Island
Ellen diving on the Great Barrier Reef
New friends and old friends anchored off Lizard Island, Australia
Rebuilding the 20-year-old Yanmar on our old boat, Australia
Rocky, red Flinders Islands
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.
Baby Giraffe, South Africa
Feathered friend hitches a ride on our polycrystalline solar panels!
Cape Town seen from atop Lion’s Head
Moon on a beautiful evening en route to Africa
2010: Crossing the Atlantic: Cape Town – St Helena Island – Ascension Island – Barbados.
Landfall on St Helena Island, South Atlantic
Fun shot from our circumnavigation 🙂 Can you find me in this picture?
St Helena Island
Ascension Island dawn landfall
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
Tropicbird investigates our sails
Back in Maine at the end of the circumnavigation
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.
All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard 2017, All Rights Reserved.