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
Tree removed! Progress resumes!
Sunrise in Heretic’s home port in Maine
Centerboard tube project
Restoring Heretic to sea-going condition
Heretic floating above flooded docks in a winter storm, Chesapeake Bay
Seth navigating the ICW
Moonrise on a cold but clear overnight passage to Freeport, Maine
Two kids setting out…
Seth drills to install SSB radio ground
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
Tow in the Panama Canal
First New Year’s Day aboard Heretic, Staniel Cay regatta, 2007
Tight squeeze through the breakwater under sail!
Healthy antler coral, Bahamas 2006
Clouds building before the strong winds
2007: Crossing the Pacific Ocean – Panama to Galapagos and Polynesia.
Filling water on our circumnavigation
Sighting land after 27 days
Marae built into the lagoon
Heretic in Polynesia
Sailing in the Marquesas
With Heretic in the South Pacific
Lovely sailing (not the trip to Aitutaki!)
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.
Leaving Wellington at dawn
Dolphin seen from the dinghy!
Camping by Lake Te Anau, Fiordland, New Zealand
Check out the HUGE tree fern!!
A kea (alpine parrot) in Fiordland
What we mostly did while in New Zealand on our circumnavigation…
Installing the new-to-us engine
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
2008: Back to “the islands”: New Zealand to Fiji – Vanuatu – Queensland, Australia.
Anchored off Cairns
Catamaran we towed into Port Vila
Red-footed booby rides on our boom to Australia!
Wing ‘n’ wing aboard Heretic, Pacific Ocean
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.
New friends and old friends anchored off Lizard Island, Australia
Ellen diving on the Great Barrier Reef
Bucket laundry, Lizard Island
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.
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.
Feathered friend hitches a ride on our polycrystalline solar panels!
Baby Giraffe, South Africa
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.
Fun shot from our circumnavigation 🙂 Can you find me in this picture?
Landfall on St Helena Island, South Atlantic
St Helena Island
Ascension Island dawn landfall
2010: Caribbean: Barbados – Martinique – Dominica – Guadeloupe – Antigua – Barbuda.
Dead coral near Antigua, 2010
Lovely Caribbean sailing aboard Heretic
Wee Primitive Boat meets Gigantic Luxury Boat!
2010: Passage to Bermuda and back to Maine, to complete our voyage around the world.
Tropicbird investigates our sails
Dolphins in the calm
…and returning 4 years later!
Back in Maine at the end of the circumnavigation
Decked out for the homecoming party!
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.