The ongoing story of a young family who hope to go from hopeless landlubbers to swashbuckling circumnavigators.

It was in September 2010 when the seed planted and the plan hatched.  None of us  had ever been on a sailboat before, but it was decided, mum, da, and baby would sail around the world.

In our initial stages of preparation, our plan has gone through some changes.  Some small, some huge.  The original plan was to sail across the Atlantic.  But that grew to a complete circumnavigation (if you’re at the well, you might as well fill the bucket!).  The plan will no doubt go through many other changes over the course of our preparation.

With this blog, we hope to document our preparation, education, and evolution as we get ready to take the long blue road around the world.




We are a family of four living on beautiful Cape Breton Island


22 responses to “About

  1. ThreeThousandSisters

    I love your blog and look forward to following you on your circumnavigation! How exciting!

  2. I’m really curious to read about what cruising with a small child is like. Your daughter is absolutely darling!

  3. Enjoyed your blog- look forward to following your travels!

  4. Greg R

    I enjoyed reading your blog this evening. I am a member of the T22 Facebook page and a previous owner of hull 714. I now have a Pearson 26 that I sail in Casco Bay. I am curious about your plans to circumnavigate. The Tanzer is a weekend pocket cruiser. Are you planning on getting your experience on the Tanzer and then get a larger cruising sailboat? Do you have a time frame for your adventure?
    I recently followed the blog of a young lady who completed a solo, unassisted and non-stop, circumnavigation. Jessica Watson was only 16 when she had her journey. She lives in Sidney, Australia. You might want to check it out. She also wrote a follow-up book that pretty much duplicated her blog.
    Best of luck to you and your family. Be smart, be safe, learn something from every old salt that you meet and follow your dreams! pagepne@aol.com /Greg

    • RC

      Thanks Greg!

      You are exactly right. We are are planning to learn as much as we can in the Tanzer before moving to something bigger. Ultimately, we would like to be leaving in a 40 footer or thereabouts.

      As far as time goes, we are estimating 8 to 10 years before we leave. We think that time frame will allow for a few things. First, to be comfortable with the experience we’ve gained to make such a trip. Second, we need to make sure everyone is old enough to help out. Right now, Frances is 2 and a half, and come November we will be expecting another bundle! And third, it is around then that we hope to be in a financial position to make it possible.

      We love following the blogs of circumnavigators as well. A couple of favourites of mine are http://burchfamilyontour.wordpress.com/about/, a family of cruisers, and http://bobbieroundstheworld.com/ which is a young lady on her own.

      Thanks for the comment!

  5. Mark

    enjoy reading your blog. We started on a similar journey with a sonic 23 this year new to sailing but learning loads . Managed 25 days out over the summer which is good working on a 2 week trip next year. From Chester to capebreton/PEI. Love winter allows time to dream plan and repair the boat. Mark

    • RC

      Thanks Mark! I know what you mean about the winter, this year we hope to replace an seal the windows, mighty leaky! Let me know when you make it CB!

  6. Thanks for the follow, and best of luck to you guys! I followed the same path. I’d never even been on a sailboat before 2012. Now, a year later, I just got back from an ocean transit to Puerto Rico, and I live in a few weeks to pick a boat up in St. Croix and deliver it to Virginia. Hope to see you guys out there one day.

  7. Hey, another family like us! I am so happy we found each other!
    I love reading your blog and hope everything works fine for you and maybe we will ‘sea’ you guys somewhere along the way.
    Best of luck!

  8. Hope the sailing is going well! I would like to nominate your wonderful blog for a Leibster award! It is a bit of fun, and you get some new people looking at your blog as a result. Here is a link with some more information. http://astrolabesailing.com/2014/09/25/another-award/

  9. Alan

    I have a 27MKV at Dartmouth Yacht Club…

    Am about to replace my windows…

    You should send me your contact info… maybe we could chat


  10. Justin Brown

    Great Blog! Reading all the way From Australia! Im in the process of building a trailer very similar to yours, would you have any more close up photos of the trailer itself?


    Thank you

  11. New to blogging and I have been looking for people out there with similar interests. Now I’ve found kindred spirit(s)! Can’t wait to catch up on your adventures from the beginning.

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