In line with the Around The World journey of 2001-02 and the 2004 Atlantic Rally comes another great Nordhavn adventure: the Voyage of Egret
. What started out for Scott and Mary Flanders as a 16-month journey from Gibraltar to New Zealand by way of Cape Horn on their Nordhavn 46, has turned into a life journey with goal destinations and loose timelines.
The Flanders did succeed in their objectives of conquering the Horn, wintering in the canals of Chile and Argentina, visiting uninhabited islands in the South Pacific and ultimately landing in New Zealand. But, says Scott, these are just legs of one continuous trip. "We are constantly changing our minds about where we want to go next."
Thankfully, through the Voyage of Egret website, readers are able to join the Flanders wherever and whenever they choose to go: reading near-daily log updates from on board, tracking Egret on its phenomenal course, and viewing story-telling photographs documenting each stop.
News of the trip has already been recorded in several boating magazines with stories being run in U.S., European and Asian titles each month. It is a fantastic read for boaters and adventure enthusiasts alike. Adds Scott: "I hope to encourage people to head offshore and enjoy some of the things that we - who do go offshore in our boat - get to see and do."
Now that the couple has reached New Zealand, it begs the question, what next? For now, the plan is to spend 2009 exploring New Zealand. The following year Egret will sail west to Australia, perhaps visiting some intermediate islands along the route, then head south to Tasmania for the season. Count us in!