Where are all the cruising sailors at Christmas?

24 Dec 2008

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Cruising Sailors: Where are they at Christmas?

Ho ho ho - but where are all the sailors? (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)  .
You may be basking on a beach somewhere enjoying a prawn salad...or doing the traditional with roast turkey and Christmas pudding ... but what about those adventure sailors who are embarked on sailing journey?

Let's scour the globe for globe trotting sailors... There are quite a few round Africa at the moment.

Spirit of Mystery  .. .
EX-racing sailor and Southern Ocean hero Pete Goss, for instance, in his wooden lugger, is following in the wake of seven Cornishmen who made a heroic journey to Australia 154 years ago, and he, with members of his family are just about to make Cape Town, travelling so fast they are thinking of putting out rodes.

Yann Elies, on his way to Perth Hospital  Commonwealth of Australia 2008

As for Yann Elies, participating in the Vendee Globe round world solo yacht race, he'll be spending Christmas in the Perth hospital, while some of his support team, headed by Philippe Laot, will spend Christmas on a power boat heading south from Perth to try to recove Yann's boat, Generali which was last located drifting northwards, 700 miles south of the coast of Australia. The rest of the competitors (those that haven't retired) are charging on, and will probably pay respects to Christmas by munching on a bit of fruit cake.....

Mike with the troublesome yacht  .. .
Then there are the two teenagers currently sailing the world solo. Mike Perham, 16, currently caught in the Canaries waiting for a new autohelm to arrive, is expecting to be departing on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, so he'll either be in a flurry of activity, or just left civilisation for a few months - no time for even thinking about Christmas for him. This will be the third start for the teen who is attempting to round the world solo, unassisted and non-stop.

Zac off Durban  .. .
The other teen is Zac Sunderland, just turned 17, who is taking it much more easy in his boat. He is also in Africa, in Durban, and will next head for Capetown. By the sound of the reception that the Durbanites have given him, he will have trouble leaving. He's also wanting to be the youngest teenager to circle the globe solo, but, as he is a little older than Mike, would have to complete his journey 108 days before him. If you want to call it a race (which the families are being careful not to) It's a bit like the hare and the tortoise.

The French foiler, l'Hydroptere, after capsizing on 20 December 2008  Gilles Martin-Raget / Hydroptere

Up in the Mediterranean, there's a sailing trimaran hydrofoil that just might be spending its Christmas upside down.

Down in New Zealand, there's a family of Belgians on a cruising boat Wakalele, with Annemie and Stephan and their children on board, who have just decided to stop their cruising because they like New Zealand so much, and settle there.

Wakelele  .. .

Malalaika sailing between Las Perlas and Ecuador  .. .

In Fiji, South Africans Lynne and Chris on cruising boat Malalaika, have just taken two years to cross the Pacific, ended up in Fiji accidentally, and are currently house sitting in the mountains of Fiji.

My Bow Tie Lady  .. .
Down in Ascension Island, Australian Peter Barker on Bow Tie Lady, has just phoned in to tell us how much he has enjoyed St Helena, and is set to have one of the most interesting Christmases ever on the remote South Atlantic Island

And there are hundreds more, sitting in anchorages, crossing oceans, or departed from boat life for a luxurious bath or two on shore for Christmas, or to spend it with land bound family.

Vive all! Happy Celebrations to you all, wherever you are, and I wish you the best possible New Year for 2009. If you're not 'out there' right now, don't let the 'Meltdown' dominate your life - forget it all and come sailing!

Now read on and enjoy...

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

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