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.
Heretic floating above flooded docks in a winter storm, Chesapeake Bay
Moonrise on a cold but clear overnight passage to Freeport, Maine
Centerboard tube project
Restoring Heretic to sea-going condition
Seth drills to install SSB radio ground
Launch day finally came, October 7, 2006
Two kids setting out…
Tree removed! Progress resumes!
Sunrise in Heretic’s home port in Maine
Seth navigating the ICW
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
Bahamian boat racing in the Exumas – gorgeous!
Haitian boat clears Customs in the Bahamas
Clouds building before the strong winds
Healthy antler coral, Bahamas 2006
Tight squeeze through the breakwater under sail!
Tow in the Panama Canal
Climbing up to Reach Falls
2007: Crossing the Pacific Ocean – Panama to Galapagos and Polynesia.
Marae built into the lagoon
Heretic in Polynesia
Sighting land after 27 days
With Heretic in the South Pacific
After 4 years of filling our water tanks like this, a desalinator was on our wishlist!
Sailing in the Marquesas
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
Seth and the giant sundial above Russell – the sundial reads backwards b/c it’s in the southern hemisphere!
Camping by Lake Te Anau, Fiordland, New Zealand
Check out the HUGE tree fern!!
Lighthouse near the sheep station
A kea (alpine parrot) in Fiordland
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.
Dolphin seen from the dinghy!
Installing the new-to-us engine
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
Sunday brunch in a Fijian village. Photo thanks to Duncan Owen (s/v Whisper).
Anchored off Cairns
Red-footed booby rides on our boom to Australia!
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
Rebuilding the 20-year-old Yanmar on our old boat, Australia
Bucket laundry, Lizard Island
Ellen diving on the Great Barrier Reef
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.
Cape Town seen from atop Lion’s Head
Moon on a beautiful evening en route to Africa
Feathered friend hitches a ride on our polycrystalline solar panels!
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.
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.
Tropicbird investigates our sails
Dolphins in the calm
…and returning 4 years later!
Pelagic crab! They live in Sargassum weed that’s characteristic of the N. Atlantic gyre.
Decked out for the homecoming party!
All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard 2017, All Rights Reserved.