Circumnavigation Completed!

Winds were light when we departed the Bahamas. But the day was beautiful and the shallow Banks were delicious, so we set the spinnaker and ambled slowly along. Who cares if it takes an extra day to get to the USA…? After sailing all day, the water was still only 15 feet deep, and there were no waves, so it was very enjoyable. At one point when the wind went extra light, Bob and I went for a “swim.” That is, we hung on to a line trailing behind the boat. Two and a half knots may feel like a standstill on a big catamaran, but it is plenty fast when you are dragging in the water behind it!

During the night we made it West to the Gulf Stream (we had coordinates for its path provided by Chris Parker the weather guru). We turned right to ride the Stream northward. The wind was mostly lighter than we would have liked, but as a result the Stream was very tame — none of the steep breaking waves that it is infamous for. The sailing was pretty slow but our progress with the current was impressive. At one point we were going ten knots over the ground, with just nine knots of wind. We easily did a 200+ mile day (though we didn’t track exactly what our noon-to-noon run was).

As we moved north, east of St Augustine and then Georgia and South Carolina, the wind fell to almost nothing, but it forced us more west than we wanted, pushing us to the edge of the Stream. THEN it got lumpy. I don’t understand why the ride was incredibly smooth up to that point, and with the same wind/current it got choppy toward the western edge, but that’s what happened. We motorsailed to move out of the area, and soon it had calmed down but the current was gone — we were across.

I had thought we might continue on to Southport, NC, but being out of the current and with no wind, we motored toward Charleston. I really enjoyed Charleston on the way south two and a half years ago, so it seemed fitting to “cross our wake” and declare my circumnavigation complete there.

YES — I have sailed around the world!

When the wind is so light that the spinnaker won’t fill…
…go for a swim

Photo by Joe
Photo by Joe
Friends stopped by to welcome us as we approached Charleston. I LOVE these guys!

Approaching Charleston…been here before!

30 thoughts on “Circumnavigation Completed!”

  1. Whoa!!! Mazel Tov!! Way to go!! Congrats! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»


  2. As they would have said in Zanzibar.. “Hongera sana” roughly translated as “Lots of praise” !!! Congratulations on the accomplishment, which I know you have dreamed of since at least high school if not before. But I hope you find a new journey to post about – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both the photos and the text.


  3. Fantastic Zeke! you are so inspiring and I’ve loved following your adventure – can it really be 2 years!! Thank you for sharing it. I will be in Boston the first week of June and would love to see you and Hallie and give you a hug! So blown away! The photos are great! I’ve been out of a boat whale watching here on Maui where we hang onto the rope behind the boat, and yes, it’s a great arm muscle builder! πŸ˜‰ Congrats on livin your dream!!!! xo


  4. Congratulations, Zeke. Welcome back to the USA. Have so enjoyed reading about your adventure.

    Mary Kay Wilson


  5. Congratulations Zeke and all who sailed on “No Regrets”. I enjoyed following your travels and learned a lot of geography via “Google Earth” with you.


  6. Wow! You have circumnavigated the world with such respect for the world and your crew, as I’m sure they have too. Congratulations and welcome home! Simply Amazing! And congrats to Hallie for supporting your dream with grace. Hope to see you soon.

    Love & Light


  7. Congratulations, Zeke – and thank you for the opportunity to learn along with you! And congratulations and happy continued sailing to the rest of the crew, too.


  8. Congratulations Zeke
    You are a member of a very elite
    group of people who have sailed around the globe.


  9. Congratulations Zeke!!!!!
    Welcome back to the good old USA!
    Thank you sharing your fantastic adventure. I loved following your posts, and I will miss them. So glad you’re home safe.


  10. Welcome home! You can check this dream off your bucket list, but now you know all the places you’d like to go back to. We will miss reading your blog, but look forward to seeing you very soon.


  11. Wow! Congratulations on completing an incredible lifetime journey around the world. I have enjoyed every written update along your journey. Thanks Zeke for sharing your experience.


  12. you did it so here is a very big congratulations for a dream realized. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip


  13. What can I say? I was incredibly fortunate to be part of this wonderful adventure. It is not the destination – it is the journey! Thank you Zeke for allowing me to be part of your “walkabout”. The experience was humbling, exhilarating, and most definitively life changing. Congratulations.


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