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.
Seth navigating the ICW
Seth drills to install SSB radio ground
Restoring Heretic to sea-going condition
Centerboard tube project
Heretic floating above flooded docks in a winter storm, Chesapeake Bay
Sunrise in Heretic’s home port in Maine
Moonrise on a cold but clear overnight passage to Freeport, Maine
Two kids setting out…
Launch day finally came, October 7, 2006
Tree removed! Progress resumes!
2007: Offshore in the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas – Turks and Caicos – Jamaica – Panama Canal.
Clouds building before the strong winds
Tow in the Panama Canal
First New Year’s Day aboard Heretic, Staniel Cay regatta, 2007
Haitian boat clears Customs in the Bahamas
Tight squeeze through the breakwater under sail!
Climbing up to Reach Falls
Healthy antler coral, Bahamas 2006
Bahamian boat racing in the Exumas – gorgeous!
2007: Crossing the Pacific Ocean – Panama to Galapagos and Polynesia.
Sighting land after 27 days
Heretic in Polynesia
After 4 years of filling our water tanks like this, a desalinator was on our wishlist!
Sailing in the Marquesas
Marae built into the lagoon
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.
Check out the HUGE tree fern!!
Camping by Lake Te Anau, Fiordland, New Zealand
A kea (alpine parrot) in Fiordland
Seth and the giant sundial above Russell – the sundial reads backwards b/c it’s in the southern hemisphere!
Dolphin seen from the dinghy!
Installing the new-to-us engine
Lighthouse near the sheep station
Leaving Wellington at dawn
Herding the lambs for shearing
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…
2008: Back to “the islands”: New Zealand to Fiji – Vanuatu – Queensland, Australia.
Catamaran we towed into Port Vila
Wing ‘n’ wing aboard Heretic, Pacific Ocean
Red-footed booby rides on our boom to Australia!
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
Ellen diving on the Great Barrier Reef
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.
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!
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
Ascension Island dawn landfall
Fun shot from our circumnavigation 🙂 Can you find me in this picture?
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.
…and returning 4 years later!
Tropicbird investigates our sails
Pelagic crab! They live in Sargassum weed that’s characteristic of the N. Atlantic gyre.
Dolphins in the calm
Decked out for the homecoming party!
All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard 2017, All Rights Reserved.