This blog chronicles the journey of Philip and Kristin Zhivago, who, after Philip survived head and neck cancer in 2006 (5% survival rate - we were very grateful), set out to have a 48-foot catamaran built in South Africa, and then sailed it home to New England in 2008. Horizon is an Atlantic 48, designed by Chris White.

Philip and Kristin were at sea for two months, sailing 8,000 miles and stopping only once in St Helena, that small island between Africa and South America where Napoleon was exiled. Kristin, a revenue coach, continued to work while at sea thanks to a BGAN (broadband global area network) unit that worked beautifully on Horizon. And yes, they are still happily married. :-)

Kristin is also a writer and blogged almost every day during the trip. This is that story, starting just before they left Cape Town in 40-knot winds and a very bumpy sea.




Well, several people asked that I check in every day even if there’s nothing new to report. So here I am. We are currently at South 13 degrees 11 minutes, West 08 degrees 57 minutes, as of 11AM St Helena time. The wind strength increased yesterday, to a nice 18 – 22 knots, and continues […]

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Position: South 10 degrees 55 minutes; West 12 degrees 22 minutes – Just south of Ascension Island. This one’s a little long, partly because of a foodie stuff. Those of you not interested in culinary pursuits can skip that part! 🙂 4PM, Friday afternoon Another nice day, first going northerly, then gybing over and going […]

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4:45AM St Helena time Current position: South 9 degrees 20 minutes, West 14 degrees 33 minutes Rested! Started the new schedule last night. Ate supper at 4, and I went to bed about 5:30 – didn’t get to sleep right away, but once I did…ahhhh. This night watch, which started at 1AM, it’s been easy […]

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10PM. I think we’re 4 hours ahead of Eastern Time now. Current position: South 6 degrees, 43 minutes, West 20 degrees, 17 minutes Well, we’ve had an eventful day. Early this morning, just after I hit the “send” button for the last update, about 5AM, I heard a CRACK! At first, I thought it was […]

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Time: 1:42 AM Current Position: South 4 degrees, 59 minutes, West 24 degrees, 25 minutes Well, after a series of squalls, we seem to be back to normal. The boat is on autopilot, she’s racing along at 8 – 10 knots in 20 – 25 knot winds, the seas are bumpy because of the storms, […]

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Time: 1:40 PM (yes, writing to you when the sun is out! – well, overcast, but daytime, in any case) Current Position: South 4 degrees, 10 minutes, West 27 degrees, 29 minutes You are receiving this “extra” update because today is the day we will now officially consider the “halfway home” day. We have basically […]

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