Join us for a collection of stories about our circumnavigation over 7 years to 35 countries, on our 47' ketch 'Gromit'. Hear how we began as a scattered family of 5, learning how to live aboard and sail on the ocean, and over time, became a 5-person team. We'll tell you about the highlights, our lowest moments, the joys and our exciting adventures of life aboard and abroad. We've had incredible and unforgettable experiences, that shaped us in ways we never expected.
We started small in our 20s - an Olympic 470 - 4.7 metres (15 feet) and with one big jump in our 40s, we landed in a 47' Olympic Adventure blue water cruiser. Michael pointed out that we simply moved the decimal point! The dream started in the early 1990s, with a 7 year plan that the two of us would sail the world. Our family of two grew to a family of 5 and alas, our dream faded....until 2002, when it was rekindled with a bang! Three years later, having never sailed anything but dinghes, we climbed aboard our blue water cruiser. After a season in Georgian Bay, we widened our driveway and brought Gromit home for the big refit. For three years we worked, we dreamed, we despaired and finally succeeded, so that in 2008, with our kids aged 6,7 and 10, we sailed out of Hamilton Harbour, Ontario for the adventure of a lifetime!