September 15, 2008
Last Letter From Home


September 01, 2008
Saying Goodbye


August 15, 2008
The Circle Closes At Arue


August 01, 2008
Last Days In Rangi


July 15, 2008
The Road To Rangiroa


July 01, 2008
A Social Whirl


June 15, 2008
The Land of Men


June 01, 2008
Sweet Days in Hiva Oa


May 15, 2008
Homing In


May 01, 2008
A Perfect Day At Sea


April 15, 2008
Beating Across The Pacific


April 01, 2008
The Worrier Transits The Canal


March 15, 2008
The Boys And The Hunt


March 01, 2008
Sweet Landfall In Panama


February 15, 2008
Gloom in Cartagena


February 01, 2008
Connections With That Long-Ago Girl


January 15, 2008
Where the Boys Are


January 01, 2008
Life On The Hard


December 15, 2007
Last Letter From Vermont


December 01, 2007
The Final Countdown


November 15, 2007
Welcome Aboard Shangri-La


November 01, 2007
More Bad Dreams Than Good


October 15, 2007
When Our Systems Overwhelm Us


October 01, 2007
Shaking Off The Remoras


September 15, 2007
The Deal Is Done


September 01, 2007
The Search For Shangri-La


August 15, 2007
The Birth Of A Dream


August 15, 2007
Tania And Sons


August 15, 2007
About Tania


August 15, 2007
About the Family


August 15, 2007
About Shangri-La


August 15, 2007
Voyage Itinerary


August 15, 2007
Appearances


August 15, 2007
Tanias Books


August 15, 2007
Chartering With Tania


August 15, 2007
About the Family

By Tania Aebi

The Berner Boys. Nicholas is 16, Sam is 13, and both will be one year older by the end of Shangri-La’s voyage, and hopefully much wiser. While out cruising, they’ll keep up with their education through a structured and accredited home-schooling program — Nicholas with a traditional eleventh-grade curriculum, Sam with an eighth. The piano will have to stay at home, a much-appreciated break from 10 years of daily practicing for Nicholas, seven for Sam. What they will really miss from their lives in the Vermont hills are friends, Tarzoon (the 21-year-old cat), the bathtub, skiing, snow days, the changes of season, mushrooming, paintball battles in the forest, and going several times a week to the Tae Kwan Do gym where both have earned their black belts. As part of the liveaboard life, they’ll have to put those muscles to work hauling sails and anchors and dinghies instead of sparring and breaking boards.

Tania and her sons last winter, hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

They’ll learn to meet the world at 6 miles per hour, coming ashore to see new sights, taste new foods, get to know new people, smell new smells, and hear new sounds, all from a perspective no one can have when arriving by jet. Both boys are voracious readers, and the biggest foreseeable problem for their life at sea will be to keep the supply of books constantly refreshed. “Hmmm,” mused their mom, “maybe they’ll have to start reading the classics that won’t be devoured in a day. Starting with Moby Dick. I’ve got to add that to the list of things to pack.”

Nicholas ponders his homework. The boys were surprised that their mom was actually going to make good on her promise to take them cruising.

 

Tania and Sam in their kitchen in Vermont.