“Exploring the world with two mountain bikes and a sailing yacht.”
“Wir entdecken die Welt mit einem Segelboot und zwei Fahrrädern.”
The secret to happiness is freedom. And the secret to freedom is courage.
It is now over two and a half years since we cast off the lines for the first time in Ardfern on the west coast of Scotland. Thirty months and about as many countries later, we now feel like real “cruisers”. The Atlantic is behind us and half of the Pacific.
We have learned that less is more. Our small home is big enough and the view through the window changes permanently. We manage with the electricity we produce with sun and wind and enjoy browsing shops and markets knowing we need nothing.
We found the courage to cast off the known and accept that our future is uncertain. We had planned as well as we could and prepared as much as possible but then the time finally came to “get out there and do it”. Not everything works out as planned but that – we have come to realize – is sailing.
It is a long time ago and we have come a long way since a young soldier stood at the helm of a yacht and dreamed of sailing without being constrained by time or “real life”.
After cruising in the Hebrides and enjoying the Scottish summer (about 10°C seemed normal and we had sun and rain almost every day) we then headed south looking for warmth and more sun with less rain. Once we reached Cape Verde off the coast of Africa, we turned west and are now in French Polynesia. At some point we passed the 15000 nautical mile mark and are now over a third of the way round the world.
You can see our current location (and where we have been) here.
There’s a race of men that don’t fit in,
A race that can’t stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain’s crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don’t know how to rest.
Robert W. Service
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