Closing the circle
it’s taken us 17 days and 7 hours to get from Ascension to
So if you’re interested here is a quick guide to 7 years and 40,600nm circumnavigation with a few of the more memorable highlights of many during our fantastic 7 years!
first 14 months was spent in the
Aug 2010 we headed west from
a seven week land trip to
On our Pacific crossing we covered approx 8500nm visiting the Galapagos (fantastic Darwinian experience), 7 islands in the Marqueses (such friendly people and fabulous scenery), 5 atolls in the Tuamotos (snorkelling and diving with several hundred sharks), 7 islands in the Society Islands (Tahiti to Bora Bora) taking part in the Thaiti/Moorea rally, Suwarrow (Cook Islands) snorkelling with manta rays, Samoa and 12 islands in Tonga (snorkelling with humpback mother and baby whales) before the final leg to New Zealand, where we arrived in November 2012, after having spent three days of our 1100nm crossing in a severe gale.
We left New Zealand north island in May 2013 and travelled north again to Fiji (experiencing our first storm force winds on the 1300nm crossing), then New Caledonia (approx. 1500nm) before returning to south Island New Zealand on a 1000nm crossing in November 2013 .
spent a total of 16 months and covered approx. 3000nm in
October 2014 we crossed the Tasman sea from
In Australia we met up with local friends Don and Christine and we covered approx 5500nm in 10 months sailing from Sydney (New Year fireworks near the harbour bridge) down to Tasmania (and our 2nd Great cape – SE Tasmania 43 degrees 39 minutes south) and back up the east coast then “over the top” via Darwin to the Kimberley (hundreds of migrating humpbacks and incredible scenery) and on to Broome in the north west corner.
We departed Broome in August 2015 for a 5000nm crossing of the Indian ocean visiting Cocos Keeling, Rodriguez and Reunion (live volcano), islands on the way, arriving Durban South Africa in October 2015 (our first visit since we left in 1986 – great time catching up with some old friends Pat and Maurice and Mary and Jeff, from 30 years ago).
spent 3 months and covered approx 1000nm in
S Africa in January 2016 for our final ocean crossing – the south
Atlantic leg of approx 5500nm visiting
completed our circumnavigation at
Love and hugs
Jean and Matt
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