Final Log

We purchased Rafiki in October, 2013 and after five frenetic months of refit we finally left the dock in March.  Although we had a loose idea of where we wanted to go, our usual goal was to get to the next anchorage without calamity or breakdown and the first six months were a frustrating, maintenance…

Kathryn’s conclusion

People always ask me “what was your favourite part of the trip” or “what was your favourite island” and in truth I was not expecting this trip to turn out the way it did. When people mentioned the Caribbean before we started, I pictured white sandy beaches, dolphins and clear water all the time. I…

Ingrid: Looking back…

This trip had been in the making for over a decade. We became inspired to cruise ever since we said goodbye to our good friends, Linda and Allen Dobie, as they ventured off on a one-year adventure aboard their sailboat back in 1997. As they left the dock, I remember turning to Robin asking him…

Alex’s Final Thoughts

My whole life has been spent in different and unique places, but this trip has been the most memorable of all of my experiences. It will be something that I can share with my friends, family, children and… dogs. When my parents first proposed this sailing trip I thought they were joking. As Scout Finch…

Landfall

Wow, sensory overload! We landed in Florida and immediately started getting our lives together.  No phone, no car,  no house…no worries. The day we arrived in Stuart, Mommy rented a car and with wheels we promptly checked into US customs.  On the way home we activated two cell phones and then rented a small locker to…

The Home Stretch

We had always intended to spend the spring in the Bahamas and really wanted to explore the Northern Abacos which we had skipped on our way down. After the death-defying experience in Georgetown however, we were very cautious with the weather and spent many days dodging for cover in what was one of the worst…

Guest Writers

Life presents itself with opportunities and coming to visit the Morrin family on the final weeks of their three-year adventure afloat Rafikki, was one that I knew I could not pass up.  As I embarked upon this trip with my 18-year-old daughter Emily, I realized that this was indeed a trip that would be out of…