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 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.