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.




Current time: 2:58 AM, GMT minus 2, I think. Current position: South 3 degrees 57 minutes, West 28 degrees 09 minutes Hi. Just started to pour again. We’ve been in the middle of squalls for days. Right now we have set our course for the next waypoint, and the autopilot is taking us there. Except […]

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Current Time: 2:55 AM Current Position: South 2 degrees 43 minutes, West 29 degrees 12 minutes. Hi, Everyone. Wind is steady, although not too strong – mostly 5 to 8. Seas a bit bumpy, so it’s rocking the boat a bit. Oh – we just got to 11 knots on the wind. That’s good. The […]

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Current time: 7AM (we realized we’d crossed a time zone, and reset our clocks) Current position: South 2 degrees, 01 minute, West 30 degrees, 55 minutes Hi, Everyone. I was going to call this update “a boat is a moving vehicle,” to give you the sense of what it means to be at sea – […]

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< Current Time: 2:53 AM Current Position: North 4 degrees, 32 minutes, West 34 degrees, 11 minutes Hi, Everyone. Thanks for your prayers and good wishes. We are very relieved. “All’s well that ends well,” comes to mind. At least that’s how I’m feeling this evening. The boat is gliding rather peacefully along – not […]

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