ARAGORN ... Not all those who wander are lost (JRR Tolkien)
At end of the round-the world sail, Dick and Leslie congratulate each other off Antigua
On 7 December 2006, ARAGORN crosses her outward bound track laid down on 2 January 2004, just south of Falmouth Harbor, Antigua. In circling the world, we sailed over 32,000 miles, crossed three oceans and have sailed in twenty seas. In addition to Dick and Leslie, ARAGORN was manned (or womaned) by twenty others onboard from time to time, to whom we are very grateful - see the crew appreciation page by clicking the balloon above. And, after more than 50,000 miles of total sailing on ARAGORN, we still love the boat!
CURRENT LOCATION: Back home again! On the mooring at Larchmont Yacht Club.
It was an interesting trip from Sint Maarten. Slow at the start, but try going up the backstay while attempting to dodge the remnants of sub-tropical storm Andrea, or swimming on the prop to remove a three-inch hawser while several hundred miles offshore. But we made it in eleven days, only one slower than expected. Plans include giving ARAGORN some well-deserved TLC at the yard, and some slow cruising this summer.
J46 ARAGORN, snapped off Bequia in January 2007
For more on the Atlantic Crossing, see the new "Gallery" page "Atlantic Crossing"
See the GALLERY pages for photos and commentary, the CRUISE pages for our routes, and the YACHT ARAGORN pages for a description of our wonderful yacht.
CRUISE pages updated January 2007! Updates on Photo Gallery February 2007.
- ARAGORN spent the summer of 2006 sailing the Mediterranean. Since April 2006, ARAGORN sailed fast from her winter home in Turkey, through Greece to Italy. Then cruised the west coast of Italy, including special crew of James York (along with mother and father). Had good cruising in Amalfi-Ischia-Ponza area and up to Elba and the other Tuscan Islands. As a plus, the marina at Ostia was only a short commuter train ride from downtown Roma! Admiral and Captain then crossed to Sardinia and Corsica, and over to the Cote d'Azur. Had a Fantastic time in the nice town of Nice with daughter Catherine. She won money in Monte Carlo, and jet-skied in Saint-Tropez. Later Leslie and Dick overnighted boat to Barcelona; a fabulous city! Spent some time at home, then off to the Balearics, enjoying Mahon and then to Palma. Tied up right next to our old rally friends David and Claire Lewis on Condor! After the three-day passage to Gibraltar, another old rally friend, Jenny, joined us in Gib to help on the trip to the Canaries. Four and one-quarter days of ocean sailing again! It was a good trip, ARAGORN showing that she could still move fast in just nine knots of true wind (as well as in twenty); what a thoroughbred. Alistair and Carolyn joined in Tenerife in November to help us cross the rest of the Atlantic, a wet 19-day trip.
- The summer of 2005 was spent in Turkey, Greece and Croatia, including joining up with Peter and Carol in Eight Bells in Croatia, and then the CCA Cruise there in September.
- We completed our trip with the Blue Water Around-the-World Rally at the rally finale in Crete in April 2005, sailing over 272 degrees of longitude with the Round-the-World Rally.
- The trip up the Red Sea was tough, but we did avoid the pirates on the prior leg to Djibouti. For a special sailing report, link to Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and Gulf of Suez Passages.
- SPECIAL REPORT: ARAGORN weathers tsunami with no loss of crew or gear. All in Rally are safe. However, Phi Phi Island, 0.75 miles away from boat was scene of total destruction. Things you can do: pray for dead, injured and homeless; give to support those in need.
- See Gallery/Thailand for some tsunami text and photos. It is a big page, but worth waiting to load. Stories by Sloane York, Carolyn Roberts and Ed Muesch included too.
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