August 15, 2007 By Tania Aebi
By Tania Aebi
Officially, the trip already started in St. Maarten, where Shangri-La was purchased, refreshed, and re-splashed after sitting for a year on the hard. From there, over April break 2007, we sailed her down to Curacao and hauled her out again at Curacao Marine. There she sat for the rest of the summer of 2007, including the bulk of hurricane season. Around the third week in September, 2007, I say goodbye to my house and fly back down to launch her one more time and start preparations for The Trip.
My boys and Grandpa, my father, will join me about 10 days later. Somewhere toward the end of the first week in October, we’ll be leaving Curacao for Cartagena, Colombia. My father will fly out from there and into another adventure for himself (for more about him, see www.ernstaebi.com) while the boys and I head for the San Blas Islands and on toward a transit of the Panama Canal.
Next — and some of these plans are tentatively dependent on how we’re doing with time — will come the Perlas Islands, Esmeralda, Ecuador, the Galapagos, the Marquesas, and on to Tahiti by the end of February 2008.
In Tahiti, the boys and I will be met by their father, Olivier. I will return home as he takes over parenting and the helm for the next five months as they cruise across the South Pacific to Northern Australia, arriving there by the end of July 2008. The way things stand today, my father will fly to Australia toward the start of September 2008 and sail Shangri-La across the Indian Ocean to where she began her life in Capetown, South Africa.
From there, who knows? Maybe I’ll bring her back across the Atlantic to the Caribbean alone, or with friends. Or maybe, my sister and her family will be craving a little adventure for themselves. Then what… sell? Keep sailing her around the Caribbean? Up to the East Coast and Newfoundland? Europe? We shall see. There’s a lot of water to cross between here and there.