Our Sailing Journey is One Year Old Today
One year ago, in July 2013, we took off from Florida aboard Fata Morgana, our new home and ocean vehicle.We headed south.
In the next twelve months we visited a dozen countries and over 50 islands.
We met remarkable people and made many new friends.
We swam with dolphins
And we swam with pigs
We walked across spectacular forests and river canyons.
We jumped from waterfalls
We entered caves
We discovered new flavors and fragrances.
We snorkeled in coral gardens with tropical fishes in water like liquid glass.
We learned to surf
We got involved with many of the communities we visited, we volunteered and worked with the locals.
We met a whale
And a sea turtle
We met howler monkeys
We saw flamingos
We caught a lot of tasty fish
We lived the dream.
We did all this while being very conscious about the fragile environment we enjoy so much.
We sailed for over 3,700 nautical miles without polluting the air and the sea, almost not using the engines. fueling once every 6 months. We also used a kayak instead of a dinghy.
We lived off-grid not paying electricity bills, water bills, mortgage, taxes, or any other bills thanks to our solar panels and watermaker.
Our average speed was 3.7 knots which makes us Slow Pokes Drifters, but we had to sail against waves and tradewind most of the time heading east-southeast, tacking constantly, but not turning the engines on, no matter what.
The people we met along the way, whom we befriended, who helped us and guided us, who shared our adventures and joys are the most treasured part of our journey. We thank you!
Tyler, you started us sailing and helped us so much. Thank you, we love you!
Vanessa Linsley, you were not just our broker, you literally adopted us, guiding and helping us so much. Thank you!
Rich, you were there for us when we needed you most. Thank you!
David, Lori, Kashara and Dylan, we value so much your company and all the lessons you thought us about sailing and cruising even before we started. Thank you!
Dale, you were the best boatyard neighbor. Thank you for the books and the veggies!
Peter, you fixed our jib and thought us so much in our first days of sailing, thank you!
Sherry and Nate, you adopted our Baba Ganoush, best thing that could happen to her! And you gave us Agent Orange! You have no idea how much we appreciate this kayak, thank you!
Tony, Cherri, Stacie, Ryan, Joey, Rebecca, Miranda, Sky, we had so much fun with all you guys in Key West. Thank you!
Suzy Roebling, we learned so much about sea turtles thanks to you and we really enjoyed the coconuts. Thank you!
April and Harley from s/v El Karma, you gave us lures, helped us to fix our watermaker, and shared some great moments in Cuba with us. Thank you!
Daeli, Joni, Elan, Lovam, Noial, and Spirit from s/v Friendship, you and your journey inspire us so much. We love you, we miss you and we hope we will see you again soon!
Joseph, Jana, Katchka, and Anichka s/v Blizzard, so grateful we met you guys and shared so many crazy adventures in Guatemala together!
Alice s/v Suricats, yoga in the morning with Joni and you was one of the best things in Rio Dulce anchorage. Thank you!
Angie and Marty, thank you for your hospitality!
Scot, Stephanie, Riley, and Wren, s/v Kiawa, without you our journey in the Bahamas wouldn’t be the same!
Ben Rusi, s/v Christel, great meeting you in the Bahamas!
Susanne and Jan s/v Peter Pan,so good sharing a few moments with you!
Mary, Shane and Franklin, great meeting you all, you have amazing stories! Hope we meet again around Australia next year!
Kate and Rob, nice bumping into you, twice!
Gabriel and Jade, how awesome of you to take us surfing in the Dominican Republic and show us how it’s done! Thank you!
Joao, Nae, Maria, and Noel, s/v Dee, it was wonderful having friends along the way between Domincan Republic, Puerto Rico and St Maarten, and sharing so many moments (and a rental car)!
Ivan, Nikola, Peter, Nanny, we had the best time with you in the Bahamas and in Puerto Rico, good old friends. Thank you for your visit and for all the gifts!
Greg and Michelle s/v Semper Fi, great meeting you in Puerto Rico guys and sharing your amazing stories! Thank you for the tips, the T-shirts, and the hats!
Tom, you mad our stay in Water Island unforgettable, thank you!
Ilian and Bisi, it was so great meting you in Saba, hope we meet again!
Martine Dora and Raphael, happy to have met you in St Maarten, hope we see each other again, maybe in Tahiti? Raphael, thank you for the ride!
Line and Corentin, thank you for your company in St Kitts and for the music!
Sejah Joseph, thank you for being our friend and guide in St Kitts!
We also want to thank our Sponsors, all those companies and individuals who supported our journey. Thank you!
Our plans are weather dependent and as fluid as the sea. If all is well, we will keep sailing south the Windward Islands, exploring some more interesting places, until we reach Tobago. From there we will sail west to Columbia, then Panama and across the canal to the South Pacific and Australia next year.