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Bottom to Top: New Zealand by boat

I was in the North Island of New Zealand when Cyclone Pam was wreaking havoc across the Pacific last month. For days, the people from Vanuatu working in New Zealand didn’t know if their families were still alive or if they had homes to return to. 229 more words

Lia Ditton

K is for Ketch

No, not kvetch, no whining allowed on board this post. KETCH. A ketch is a sailboat type. It is a fore and aft rig (as opposed to the clipper ship square riggers) with two masts, a main and a mizzen. 367 more words

Boats

C is for Circumnavigation

The literal definition of circumnavigation is a journey around the earth. According to John Vigor, a rule of thumb is that the route must encompass two points opposite each other on the surface of the globe. 696 more words

Boats

Laura Dekker is my hero!

27,000 nautical miles around the world: Laura Dekker

27,000 miles around the US: Lisa McIntyre

A comparison, of sorts, between Laura and me. Of course she was 1/3 my age and on the water thousands of miles from land or another soul while I was on the roads dotted with safety nets. 242 more words

Just A Thought

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I feel like I’m trapped.

Now, I’m not saying this in an intense, confessional way. But, let’s be honest. It’s February and the weather is bleak and dreary. 323 more words

The Netflix Series

JANUARY 21: Around the world in 518 days

ON THIS DATE in 2012, sixteen-year-old Laura Dekker brought her 38-foot yacht into a Caribbean port, completing a journey that made her the youngest person to sail solo around the world. 229 more words

Calgary-based speedskater Tonny de Jong goes to the Arctic Circle for Dutch reality series

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Expeditite Poolcirkel airs Mondays, but only in the Netherlands. For more information visit expeditiepoolcirkel.nl (It’s in Dutch).

When Tonny de Jong faced off against fellow athletes in Iceland for a Dutch reality series last September, she may have had a bit of an advantage when battling the elements. 818 more words

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