For now we are planning to do this for a year, at least we have sorted out the money for a year (well, let’s see about that).
The boys will be boat-schooled (about our education philosophy see here) and we are really looking forward to doing that! Ask us again in 3 months haha.. No really, there are many interesting projects where they can learn and experiment with all kinds of subjects: how strong needs the anchor chain to be to be holding a 15 ton boat in 35 knots of wind?? Now THAT’s physics.
Our route leads us through the Mediterranean up to Gibraltar where we are planning to turn South to the Moroccan Atlantic coast.
So our rough schedule is this:
August – Mid September: Greece
Mid September – Mid October: South Italy and Sicily
Mid October – November: the Baleares
November – Mid November: South Spain
Mid November – Mid December: Gibraltar and Morocco
Mid December – January: Canary Islands
January – February: Cabo Verde
February – March: Senegal
After that we will see if we can go on or take Ponyo to England or back to Greece or who knows!
All dates and destinations are subject to change since we heavily depend on weather, crew and boat…
Update January 2017
Well so much to our plan! Our engine broke down beginning of November 2016 and instead of cruising the Canary Islands we are still stuck in a South Sardinian shipyard, getting a new engine and an auto pilot. Hopefully we will be able to leave next week, the weather has become quite difficult: storms, storms and storms.
So our (slightly altered) new plan looks like this:
Mid January: LEAVING Sardinia and getting out of the Mediterranean AS FAST AS POSSIBLE (cold! storms! ahhhh!)
Rest of January: Cruising along the South Spanish coast and potentially stopping for an inland trip to Granada and Sevilla
February – Mid February: Going to Gibraltar and going to Essaouira, Morocco; leaving Ponyo once again for an inland trip to Marrakesh and Fez
Mid February – March: Cruising the Canary Islands
March – April: Capo Verde
April – May: Senegal
After that? Well, ask us again in a couple of months!