Hi! thanks for visiting my blog. My name is Viki and my dream is to sail around the world!
I have had this dream since I was a child, and about six years ago I decided to make it my ten year plan – aiming for a nice round number of the year 2020 which seemed a comfortable way off. However now its suddenly down to four years! Thankfully I met Andrew who is just as passionate about sailing as I am. So now I have the perfect partner things are really starting to fall in to place.
Our home port is Lyttelton Harbour – on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. 43.60° S, 172.72° E.
I have decided to make a start on taking little daily steps towards making this dream become a reality. This involves researching the perfect yacht, working out a budget – how are we going to pay for it? What will we need to have on board? Where are we going to go when we get it and how about some more adventures in the mean time? How are we going to earn income while we are sailing? Etc…
I will attempt to answer all these questions and more in my blog of working towards making the dream a reality.
There is lots to do in the mean time:
First of all our respective children need to finish school. Their other parents would never let us take them off around the world in a yacht, and we wouldn’t leave without them, so we need to do some parenting all the while we are getting prepared.
Then there is the yacht – I already have Wildwood who has been a wonderful yacht to me over the last 12 years. She is a great coastal racer/cruiser, but we are going to need something bigger to sail around the world in.
Which leads me to my next hurdle – money… I have got some rental properties which I am busy trying to pay the mortgages off – hopefully this will provide the funding for both the yacht and the passive income to support my cruising retirement – hopefully when I am 45. In addition to that we are trying to up skill ourselves in share trading, another little thing for us to work on between now and then.
So the main reason for this blog. It is really a place for me to store all the things I learn and bits of information I am gathering together along the way. I have filed them all under the different headings above to try and create some kind of order to my different postings and to make it easier for me to refer back to.
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To navigate around the site I have got some handy index tabs. ‘Diary’ has got our current stories, ‘Yacht’ covers off what we want in a boat, ‘Destinations’ details the specific areas that we have visited, ‘Sailing’ includes my Ocean Yachtmaster study notes, ‘Administration’ gives some tips and advice about non sailing things, ‘Safety’ is all about our yachting disaster plans and equipment, and ‘Map’ is a page we are going to use when we get a tracking device, so my Mum can see where I am!
I hope you enjoy!
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