August 15, 2007 By Tania Aebi
Tania And Sons
By Tania Aebi
In May 1985, when Tania Aebi was 18, she cast off from lower Manhattan, alone, on her 26-foot sloop, Varuna. For the next two and a half years, with only a cat for company, she sailed 27,000 miles around the world, returning to New York the youngest woman to ever circumnavigate the world solo. Her book about this adventure, Maiden Voyage, became an inspirational bestseller, published in eight countries.
Fast forward 20 years. Now living in Vermont, she’s a mother to two boys – Nicholas, 16, and Sam, 13. Between lecturing, earning her captain's license, earning her BA and MFA, she’s also been managing and renovating properties, leading learn-to-sail 10-day flotillas in different countries, and writing.
In September 2007, hoping to give her boys a taste of adventure, Tania has set off cruising with Nicholas and Sam as crew, on a 36-footer named Shangri-La, and headed from the Caribbean through the Panama Canal, to the South Pacific. There she turns the boat and her boys over to her ex-husband, who’ll sail with them to Australia. An unorthodox arrangement? You bet. See how it’s playing out, right here, in “The Log Of Shangri-La,” twice a month on BoatUS.com