The Plan

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!

Boatnotes Ponyo Sailing with family

Ponyo gets hauled out in Sardinia