As most of you know, we left Switzerland in June 2011 to prepare a sailing trip around the world with our girls Kenza and Rocio and our dog Awa. Below is a brief summary of our life since then. Our house in Geneva was sold in April 2011, our new home a Lagoon 450 Catamaran unit 132 was ordered in May 2011 and delivered in March 2012.
In the meantime we moved to Palma for one year to prepare the trip. Karina and I were not experienced sailors so we had a lot to learn. We both spent most of the year in the class room and practicing in order to obtain our sailing licenses ( Patron de Yate and Yachmaster), along with courses on Diesel engines, Marine electricity, First aid, and Astronomy ( we only use GPS though). At the end of March 2012, we flew to La Rochelle to take delivery of Kazaio, we spent a few weeks preparing the boat for blue water cruising ( Generator, Water maker, SSB radio, Solar panels, safety equipment, electrical equipment, etc). I was lucky to meet Rolf Roetter, a German/Canadian living in BC, Canada that had bought NextLife another L450 unit 130 being delivered at the same time. He helped me out preparing the boat, taught me lots about the technical aspects boating and we ended up cruising together most of the time across the Med and Atlantic. At the end of April when the boat was ready we sailed Kazaio to Palma with the help of Sylvain a delivery skipper, that taught us how to safely sail Kazaio.
In June 2012 we set sail across the Med: Sardinia, Corsica, South of France, Sicily, and the Cyclades in Greece.
In October, we close the Med loop coming back to Palma for some repairs and saying good bye to friends & family. We then headed towards the Canary Islands, stopping over in Gibraltar and Sale, Morocco on the way. In Las Palmas (Canary Islands) we joined the ARC fleet to prepare for the Atlantic crossing. On November 27th we departed Las Palmas, Barbara and Tito joined us to help out with the long passage of 2,800 nautical miles to St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
Shortly after leaving Las Palmas, we had some equipment failure and had to divert to Cabo Verde. On the 19th of December we arrived in St. Lucia and were welcomed by NextLife and many other friends of the ARC.
After a week of resting in St. Lucia we sailed south to the St. Vincent & Grenadines, visiting Bequia, Union Island, Petit St. Vincent and Tobago Cays. Then we headed North, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Antigua& Barbuda, St. Martin, Anguilla and now the British Virgin Islands. We have now sailed well over 10,000 miles and are fully adapted to life on board. We will be cruising in the caribbean for the whole year, shortly we will be visiting Puerto Rico, Republica Dominicana, and Bahamas. Around May, we will turn south escaping hurricane season towards Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia. The plan is to cross Panama in Feb 2014, and arrive in Australia Nov 2014. You can always follow our progress through the link Where are we now? in our home page.
We are truly enjoying our adventure and we do spend amazing moments, however life on board is more demanding than we expected. It requires a lot of work and effort to maintain, sail and live on the boat on our own.
Until now we did not manage to find time to get around writing the blog. We will do our best to keep the blog updated as we sail along.
Best regards from Kazaio,
Karina, Kenza, Rocio and Gonzalo