Utopia’s Past Sailing Routes

2018

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This was most definitely a year of indecision for us.  We started in Santa Marta and continued onto Panama with our friends, Totem.  The intention was that we would backtrack to Cuba and meet Totem later in the year in Mexico.  By the time we had reached Cuba after days of motoring into the wind and waves, we had decided to go to the Med.  After spending a month in Bermuda we got as far as getting the dinghy on deck ready to leave for the Azores, when we realised all of the visa issues and rules were going to be a huge problem. So we went back to the plan of going through the canal and heading for Ecuador where we would leave the boat, while we returned to Australia and heading to Mexico in 2019.  Unfortunately a few days after going through the canal we were hit by lightning, frying all of our electronics and ending our plans for Ecuador.  We spent months in Panama getting everything fixed, just in time for us to take the boat to Vista Mar Marina and make our long flight back to Australia.  A very sad time as we took Tristan home to Australia to commence his own life and attend university. 

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2017

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In 2017 we spent a good part of the year sailing.  We left in Early March from Simons Town, South Africa, before stopping for a couple of nights in Saldhana Bay, South Africa to make a few repairs before continuing on to Luderitz, Namibia.  After a few days in Luderitz we continued up the Namibian coast to Walvis Bay before beginning our Atlantic crossing to St Helena.  We spent a few weeks in St Helena before stopping in Ascension Island for a few days before reaching Jacare, Brazil.  We spent a few weeks in Jacare for the kids to catch up on school and relax after our Ocean crossing.  We continued on to the Salvation Islands in French Guiana for a few days before reaching Trinidad.  We spent a month in Trinidad, hauling out and get the boat bottom repainted and getting new passports for kids.  Our next stop was Grenada where we stayed until November (apart from a brief trip to Martinique to meet friends and re-provision with French foods and wines)  In November we left for the Grenadines for some snorkelling, Bequia and then back to Martinique.  We spent over a month in Martinique, re-provisioning, site-seeing before heading off to Bonaire.  We spent a couple of weeks in Bonaire, mainly diving and a bit of sightseeing and ended the year in Santa Marta, Colombia for New Years Eve.

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2016

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As you can see the boat did actually move from one berth to another, but other than that she stayed at the False Bay Yacht Club in Simon’s Town all year.  We did do some overland travel to Namibia, Italy and France and flew home to Australia to get our eldest settled for University.

2015

2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

2012

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2011

2011

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2010

2010

Our first year on the boat took us up the Queensland coast.  We began our trip from the Gold Coast and spending time in the south-east corner, visiting Moreton Island, Mooloolaba, Tin Can Bay, Fraser Island, Lady Musgrave Island, Masthead Island, Yapoon and the Kepel Islands.  We then headed for the Whitsunday Islands, using Airlee Beach as our base, we visited Percy Island, Scawfell Island, Hamilton Island, Haymon, Whitsunday Island and Bowen before we headed further north.  On our way north we spent a week in Townsville before visiting the beautiful Hinchenbrook area before a few more islands; Dunk and Fitzroy before reaching Cairns.  We used Cairns as our base and spent a few months between there and different Islands.  We really enjoyed Fitzroy island and went there a few times.  We also headed further north visiting Low Island before reaching Lizard Island, our favourite destination of the year.  We enjoyed it so much we had to go to Cooktown to re-provision so we could stay longer.  We also enjoyed Cooktown due to its history with Captain Cook, which the children had learn’t about in school.  We waited for weather so we didn’t have to beat against wind and waves to head south, back to the Gold Coast before cyclone season and in time for Christmas.

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