“They are gonna sail around the world!” I overheard one of my colleagues explaining our plans to another colleague, and rushed over to correct him. Not around the world! Just to the Mediterranean – and then wherever we want to go. My colleagues didn’t see the difference, to them my plan somehow sounded pretty much the same as sailing around the world…
This conversation happened more than a year ago, and we are currently on our way, having sailed down the European inner waterways to the Mediterranean and out to Gibraltar.
The plan for the next six months is to continue south, to visit Morocco, Madeira, the Canaries, Cape Verde, and then sail towards West Africa and visit Senegal and the Gambia.
After that, we will see where we feel like going.
It’s been almost three years since Esben and I started talking about doing a sabbatical. To take a year off and go traveling before the kids get too old. Maybe in a RV in New Zealand, or backpacking in Asia. But then we started thinking about sailing. The intention when we bought Chip-Chip was never to go far. We chose a boat that was strong enough to take us to Norway or even Scotland for our holidays, but also small enough that we can handle the work ourselves, both at sea and during winter. Had we wanted a liveaboard sailboat we would probably have chosen one a bit bigger than 28 foot. Like everybody else.
But the thing is, we’re fine in Chip-Chip. And Chip-Chip is right there. The boat was maybe not exactly ready to go on an extended trip when we bought it, but still. I came across some blogs about people sailing from Germany to the Mediterranean through Europes rivers and canals. The trip is beautiful and also nice for kids (and adults) who tend to get sea sick. So this is how we started. Runa got a bit worried when “Ultra news” said that there’s a butter shortage in France, making problems for croissant bakers, but then Damien, my French colleague, told her that France have some of the best cheese in the world, and then she was onboard again.
We do not have firm plans for the route we want to take, but if you don’t dream it, it won’t happen, so we have made a preliminary plan above. The trip may end up being exactly like that, but most likely we will change our minds along the way. And that’s exactly what it’s about; to take the time for us as a family and enjoy spending time with the kids and exploring the world with each other. We’re not sure how long we want to stay away. As long as it’s fun – and as long as we can afford it.