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
Sunrise in Heretic’s home port in Maine
Restoring Heretic to sea-going condition
Centerboard tube project
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
Tree removed! Progress resumes!
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.
First New Year’s Day aboard Heretic, Staniel Cay regatta, 2007
Tow in the Panama Canal
Haitian boat clears Customs in the Bahamas
Healthy antler coral, Bahamas 2006
Bahamian boat racing in the Exumas – gorgeous!
Tight squeeze through the breakwater under sail!
Clouds building before the strong winds
Climbing up to Reach Falls
2007: Crossing the Pacific Ocean – Panama to Galapagos and Polynesia.
Lovely sailing (not the trip to Aitutaki!)
Sighting land after 27 days
With Heretic in the South Pacific
Marae built into the lagoon
Filling water on our circumnavigation
Sailing in the Marquesas
Heretic in Polynesia
2007 – 2008: Cyclone Season in New Zealand. Further restoring/repairing Heretic, sailing, working, hiking, and car-camping.
Dolphin seen from the dinghy!
Lighthouse near the sheep station
What we mostly did while in New Zealand on our circumnavigation…
Check out the HUGE tree fern!!
Installing the new-to-us engine
Camping by Lake Te Anau, Fiordland, New Zealand
A kea (alpine parrot) in Fiordland
Herding the lambs for shearing
Leaving Wellington at dawn
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.
Seth and the giant sundial above Russell – the sundial reads backwards b/c it’s in the southern hemisphere!
2008: Back to “the islands”: New Zealand to Fiji – Vanuatu – Queensland, Australia.
Red-footed booby rides on our boom to Australia!
Wing ‘n’ wing aboard Heretic, Pacific Ocean
Catamaran we towed into Port Vila
Anchored off Cairns
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
Bucket laundry, Lizard Island
Rocky, red Flinders Islands
New friends and old friends anchored off Lizard Island, Australia
Ellen diving on the Great Barrier Reef
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
Moon on a beautiful evening en route to Africa
Feathered friend hitches a ride on our polycrystalline solar panels!
Cape Town seen from atop Lion’s Head
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
Wee Primitive Boat meets Gigantic Luxury Boat!
Lovely Caribbean sailing aboard Heretic
2010: Passage to Bermuda and back to Maine, to complete our voyage around the world.
Dolphins in the calm
…and returning 4 years later!
Tropicbird investigates our sails
Pelagic crab! They live in Sargassum weed that’s characteristic of the N. Atlantic gyre.
Back in Maine at the end of the circumnavigation
Decked out for the homecoming party!
All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard 2017, All Rights Reserved.