Our 2018 cruising season starts with us at the bottom of Africa -- back aboard Kailani after she has rested at the dock in Simons Town, just over the hill from Cape Town, while we spent a few winter months playing in the snow in Idaho... Our sailing plan is to depart South Africa by early March, head up the Namibia Coast, across to St. Helena, Ascension, then Barbados, Bermuda and landfall back in the US somewhere in New England by early summer. We plan to cruise north as far as Nova Scotia before heading back south to warmer climes with Kailani for the winter. Much land travel in the US travel may also be in the cards. But first, over 6,000 nm and one giant ocean remain for us to cross before we are back in the US.
This year we hope to spend some of the northern hemisphere summer doing more land travel in the US and in the west, balanced out by some sailing destinations on the east coast. However it shakes out, we are excited to be starting our seventh year of
cruising on Kailani as a family!
If this is your first time visiting our website, welcome!! ... We had been planning to set sail and rejoin the sailing cruising community ever since returning from our last circumnavigation in 2006. After purchasing our new sail boat in Turkey in 2010, a Deerfoot 63 we christened Kailani, our first steps of turning our sailing plans into reality began. With the help of numerous friends, family and crew, we sailed Kailani 10,000 miles home to Sausalito, CA over the course of one year. Kailani arrived in our home port in June 2011, and after a year of working, refitting and making her our home, we set sail from San Francisco in May of 2012. These pages are for our friends and family to follow us and keep track of our travels, and hopefully share in our lives as we live, love, laugh and journey together on the heavenly seas.
Harley and Jen (pre-Sophia!) sailing around Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, 2005
One of the reasons we came home after circumnavigating - to
have our daughter Sophia! She has been on our boats since 3 months of
age, and here she is sailing off of our home port of Sausalito just
weeks before our journey to the South Pacific in May 2012.