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

August 15, 2007
Tanias Books

August 15, 2007
Chartering With Tania

August 15, 2007
Voyage Itinerary

By Tania Aebi

Voyage Itinerary

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 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.