Welcome to our website and blog, where we will are sharing our adventures building, launching and sailing our new catamaran, which we have named Wildling.
In 2014, we sold our former sailing catamaran, Zangezi, a Catana 471, after an incredible 4 years and 4,000 nautical miles of sailing around Australia and South East Asia. When we arrived in Singapore at the end of our voyage through Indonesia, our intention was to take a month off to visit family back in Australia, and then continue on to the Philippines. Unfortunately, typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and created so much devastation that we decided to delay our plans until things settled down.
During this time, the kids went back to school and I went back to work, and the plans for our continued voyage seemed to be moving out of reach. We considered exploring SE Asia during our vacation time, but increasing reports of piracy around the Philippines and the areas we most wanted to visit made that unsafe and out of the question.
Since our long term objective has always been to cruise the South Pacific from the Galapogos to Australia via Tahiti and Fiji, we decided to explore the options for making that voyage a reality at some point in the future. There was no way for us to sail Zangezi eastwards, and we didn’t want to continue west beyond Asia, which involves running the pirate gauntlet to reach the Mediterranean Sea, so we decided that rather than have Zangezi sit in Singapore, not being used, which was really heartbreaking, we would sell her and buy a boat in a more suitable starting location for our intended voyage.
And so we came to the decision to purchase a boat in France, and to spend our vacation time exploring the Mediterranean until we’re ready personally and professionally to set off westwards, across the Atlantic and into the Pacific. We don’t know when that will be, but right now the important thing is that we are on the path towards it.
After a lot of research and discussions we decided to purchase a new boat, rather than used, which meant that it would take a while before we would be sailing again. We decided to buy an Outremer 5X catamaran. Construction began in October 2014 and we took delivery of Wildling in July 2015.
We have posted a lot of details about the design of Wildling, the options we chose and many photos during construction. Now that she is finished and we have begun sailing we will continue to update our blog with information about our sailing voyages and our experiences with our Outremer 5X.