Wednesday and Sea Mercy

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Ellinor Ristoff Staffan Ehde
Wed 26 Mar 2014 07:51
It's evening again and another day passed by. Sounds like a normal life doesn't it? Well it is...
Not much to tell other than one important news, we will be part of Sea Mercy (
Our boat will belong to the emergency part, this means that we can be asked to sail to an island that needs medical help.
It might be us transporting medicines or Ellinor calling in as a doctor.
This means that when we come back they will keep track on where we are and use us in an area that is realistic to cover from where we are.

To give you something to read here is a short chapter from Sailing Nomads, the book Im writing:

How long and for how long?

Well, what is a nomad family? I guess it is a life style and to get into that you should be away for at least a year? Can be discussed of course, but it does not matter.
You might start out just sailing 2-3 months to get the hang of it.
You might also sail for a period, leave the boat in a safe marina somewhere, fly home and then come back and continue. This is very feasible today with a lot of good marinas scattered all over the world.
You might be able to bring work with you so you can stay away for a while.
A lot of families decide to sail the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), which makes them go for a year. They sail off to the Caribbean, stay there for a while and sail back via the Azores.
Well if you live somewhere else I’m sure you will find something similar.
We gave ourselves three years. It seems like it takes a while before you really get settled. Now we think of the ARC experience as something with a very high pace. We think we had to pass the Panama Canal to get down into another time perception.
Regarding the how long question I think there are so many routes to be chosen from. But as a friend in Canada sais: The routes less travelled are that for a reason.
And maybe it is wise to think twice if you want to go to Antarctica with kids.
The different routes you can find in Jim Cornells book World Cruising Routes, an excellent book with different choices and time frames. The book is a bible for passage making as well.