CIRCUMNAVIGATION COMPLETED

THE ODYSSEY OF CEOL MOR IS OVER . . . FOR NOW


We completed our circumnavigation on Ceol Mor, our J42, when we crossed our outbound track in Britannia Bay, Mustique. We were, however, still 2,000 nautical miles from home. So we continued on through the Windwards, the Leewards, and then through the British Virgin Islands. After a farewell Painkiller at the Soggy Dollar, and a last meal at Foxy’s, we made the 1,275 nautical mile passage to the Chesapeake and completed our port-to-port circumnavigation when we arrived in Annapolis on June 28, 2013. We had been away 1,334 days, completed 259 days of ocean passages, and sailed 30,349 nautical miles (34,925 statute miles). Cal grew ten inches, William grew nine inches, and together -- at the ages of twelve and ten respectively -- they began to assume the responsibility of nighttime watches.


Just after we departed, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, perhaps the greatest sailor of my lifetime, wrote us a short note: “Well, you are doing. So many talk but never get started with big sailing projects like yours, so enjoy it.” We did.


There is an analysis of our completed voyage in the ‘Latest News’ section. For those of you keen on sailing -- or merely interested in some of the statistics of the voyage and the highs, lows, favorites, least favorites and interminable boat projects required by a circumnavigation -- this is an entry to read. The ocean passages are broken down, daily averages are tabulated, our favorite bars and beaches are listed, our least favorite anchorages are dissed, and you can find out why we aren’t so keen on Uturoa or the anchorage at St. Barth’s over New Year’s. You will also find a brief essay by Heather and a separate essay by me.


Finally, to our many friends, thank you for your support.


Jim: jamescwilson@mac.com

Heather: heatherawilson@mac.com

Above: Ceol Mor at anchor in Fatu Hiva, Marquesas.

Below: JCW sailing into Britannia Bay as we complete our circumnavigation; HW enjoying a boisterous passage in the Atlantic; William, aka The Big Cheese, aka Joe Cool, enjoying an afternoon watch; and Cal at the helm as we sail from Cape Town.