Our plan was to cruise as long as it is fun. Our definition of fun is at least 80%-20% on the fun-to-suck ratio with an ideal fun-to-suck ratio of 90%-10%.
Of course, fun is in the eye of the beholder and we've been told a number of times that people are looking forward to our travelogue because they would rather watch it than live it. It's good to know yourself!
We purchased the boat in early 2007 and began the process of moving aboard, learning to really sail and outfitting the boat for cruising.
On June 16, 2010 we cut the docklines and headed North up the inside of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. We weren't certain where we would go but had some hopes of sailing to the Queen Charlottes. The summer Pacific high had set in solidly so instead of battling headwinds we turned down the West coast of Vancouver Island and spent 3 months enjoying it before being chased off the outside by a series of low pressure systems in late September.
Winter of 2010 was half-time at the dock for part time employment (for Carol) and boatwork (for Livia & Carol) and half-time having other types of adventures (land, air and sea) followed by a month long boat project intensive.
In mid-April 2011 we began full-time boat travel again. We went up the inside passage to the Haida Gwaii and headed down the West Coast of Vancouver Island. In late July 2011 we sailed from Tofino to San Francisco. We spent 7 weeks in San Francisco and continued down the coast of California before crossing into Mexico in mid-October.
After one season (6 months) we left Mexico for the South Pacific. In March 2012 we sailed several thousand miles from Mexico to the Marquesas in a 26 day passage.
We left French Polynesia reluctantly (after falling in love with the country) for the Cook Islands. After visiting several Cook Islands we made the decision to sail against the tradewinds and return to French Polynesia. At the end of the non-cyclone season we put our boat on the hard in the Tuamotus and flew back to N America to apply for a long stay visa in order to spend a year cruising in French Polynesia before continuing West.
We returned to French Polynesia in March of 2013 and are currently cruising in the country. We plan to leave French Polynesia in July of 2014. Where next?
With El Nino making an ambiguous appearance, in 2014 we ultimately decided to continue Westbound from French Polynesia to Fiji, instead of heading the Marshalls based on the unlikely (but increased) likelihood of seeing a typhoon. We left Estrellita in a keel pit in Fiji and had 5 months of land travel.
In 2015, we spent the first 2/3 of the cruising season in Fiji and then had three months in New Caledonia before crossing to Australia. We spent Christmas and New Years in Sydney and then headed up to Pittwater where we put Estrellita up for sale in early 2016. She has since sold.
We are currently back in Canada, working and catching up on our rock climbing. We continue to kite board - lakes in the summer and snow in the winter.
What happens next? What are our plans for vagabonding for the future?