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.
Sunrise in Heretic’s home port in Maine
Moonrise on a cold but clear overnight passage to Freeport, Maine
Heretic floating above flooded docks in a winter storm, Chesapeake Bay
Seth navigating the ICW
Two kids setting out…
Centerboard tube project
Tree removed! Progress resumes!
Restoring Heretic to sea-going condition
Seth drills to install SSB radio ground
Launch day finally came, October 7, 2006
2007: Offshore in the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas – Turks and Caicos – Jamaica – Panama Canal.
Tow in the Panama Canal
Tight squeeze through the breakwater under sail!
Climbing up to Reach Falls
Clouds building before the strong winds
First New Year’s Day aboard Heretic, Staniel Cay regatta, 2007
Haitian boat clears Customs in the Bahamas
Healthy antler coral, Bahamas 2006
Bahamian boat racing in the Exumas – gorgeous!
2007: Crossing the Pacific Ocean – Panama to Galapagos and Polynesia.
Sailing in the Marquesas
Heretic in Polynesia
Sighting land after 27 days
Marae built into the lagoon
With Heretic in the South Pacific
After 4 years of filling our water tanks like this, a desalinator was on our wishlist!
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!
Camping by Lake Te Anau, Fiordland, New Zealand
Lighthouse near the sheep station
What we mostly did while in New Zealand on our circumnavigation…
Leaving Wellington at dawn
A kea (alpine parrot) in Fiordland
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!!
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
Herding the lambs for shearing
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
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).
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
Ellen diving on the Great Barrier Reef
Rocky, red Flinders Islands
Bucket laundry, Lizard Island
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.
Feathered friend hitches a ride on our polycrystalline solar panels!
Moon on a beautiful evening en route to Africa
Cape Town seen from atop Lion’s Head
2010: Crossing the Atlantic: Cape Town – St Helena Island – Ascension Island – Barbados.
Ascension Island dawn landfall
Landfall on St Helena Island, South Atlantic
Fun shot from our circumnavigation 🙂 Can you find me in this picture?
2010: Caribbean: Barbados – Martinique – Dominica – Guadeloupe – Antigua – Barbuda.
Wee Primitive Boat meets Gigantic Luxury Boat!
Lovely Caribbean sailing aboard Heretic
Dead coral near Antigua, 2010
2010: Passage to Bermuda and back to Maine, to complete our voyage around the world.
Pelagic crab! They live in Sargassum weed that’s characteristic of the N. Atlantic gyre.
Dolphins in the calm
…and returning 4 years later!
Tropicbird investigates our sails
Decked out for the homecoming party!
All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard 2017, All Rights Reserved.