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.




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: 1:40 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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