Call For a Tow

September 15, 2008
Last Letter From Home

September 1, 2008
Saying Goodbye

August 15, 2008
The Circle Closes At Arue

August 1, 2008
Last Days In Rangi

July 15, 2008
The Road To Rangiroa

July 1, 2008
A Social Whirl

June 15, 2008
The Land of Men

June 1, 2008
Sweet Days in Hiva Oa

May 15, 2008
Homing In

May 1, 2008
A Perfect Day At Sea

April 15, 2008
Beating Across The Pacific

April 1, 2008
The Worrier Transits The Canal

March 15, 2008
The Boys And The Hunt

March 1, 2008
Sweet Landfall In Panama

February 15, 2008
Gloom in Cartagena

February 1, 2008
Connections With That Long-Ago Girl

January 15, 2008
Where the Boys Are

January 1, 2008
Life On The Hard

December 15, 2007
Last Letter From Vermont

December 1, 2007
The Final Countdown

November 15, 2007
Welcome Aboard Shangri-La

November 1, 2007
More Bad Dreams Than Good

October 15, 2007
When Our Systems Overwhelm Us

October 1, 2007
Shaking Off The Remoras

September 15, 2007
The Deal Is Done

September 1, 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
About Tania

By Tania Aebi

In May 1985, when Tania was only 18 years old, she cast off from the docks of South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan and sailed 27,000 miles around the world, alone, on her 26-foot sloop, Varuna. Concerned about her lack of ambition, her Swiss-German father had offered her this opportunity as an alternative to a college education, and she took him up on it. For the next two and a half years, with only a cat for company, she crossed the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and the North Atlantic, stopping in 23 countries along the way.

When Tania arrived home to New York in 1987, completing her solo circumnavigation and becoming the youngest woman in the world ever to do so, her final Atlantic crossing was so long and challenging that the national newspapers had begun to report that she’d been lost at sea.

She sailed through storms and calms, gathering stories, friendships, inspirational examples, and maturity along the way. She also learned a lot about setting a larger-than-life goal and being committed to following it through despite mechanical breakdowns, the death of her mother, loneliness, doubt, and fear. In November 1987, just barely 21, Tania stepped back onto the cement shores of New York City, a solo-circumnavigator.

She spent the year after her return reliving the trip in words, writing her bestselling book, Maiden Voyage, the personal account that synthesized her modern-day odyssey and the dramatic childhood leading up to it.

Tania now lives and participates in a small-town rural life, where she is mother to two boys – Nicholas is 16, Sam is 13 – caretaker of a house and 32 acres, gardens, eight chickens and the cat who sailed with her; Tarzoon is now 21 years old and still going. Their father and her ex-husband, the man she met on her circumnavigation, lives two miles up the road and they’re raising their two boys together.

Tania’s Vermont house is pretty self-sufficient
-- with gardens, and chickens – and about as land-locked as you can get!


Tania and Nicholas at home in Vermont, with an impressive haul of morel mushrooms..


Tarzoon, Tania’s only company on her circumnavigation – is still going strong.

Over the past 12 years, between lecturing, earning her captain's license, going back to school and earning her BA and MFA, she’s also been managing and renovating properties, leading learn-to-sail 10-day flotillas in different countries around the world, and writing a monthly column for Latitudes and Attitudes, a popular sailing magazine