From the latest BoatUS newsletter, comes word that Tania Aebi is undertaking a new adventure - with her sons - and will log their odyssey for BoatUS. Here's the full story:
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Tania Aebi and Sons - A BoatUS Cruising Log Exclusive!
We have something very exciting happening on our website this month. Best-selling author Tania Aebi, who in 1985 became the youngest woman to sail around the world alone, is taking her two sons cruising, and she's writing an intimate blog about it for BoatUS.
This is quite a story. When Tania was 18, she cast off from South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan, alone and frightened, on her 26-foot sloop
, Varuna. For the next two and a half years, with only a cat for company, she sailed 27,000 miles around the world, stopping in 23 countries along the way. In November 1987, just barely 21, she stepped back onto the cement shores of New York
City a solo-circumnavigator. Her book about this adventure, Maiden Voyage
, became an inspirational best-seller, published in eight countries.
Fast forward 20 years. Now living in Vermont, she's a writer, and mother to Nicholas, 16, and Sam, 13. Her ex-husband lives two miles up the road. Watching her boys grow up too fast, she decided it was now or never to give them a taste of adventure, and herself the gift of some uninterrupted time with them, before busy lives take them in their own directions. She bought a 36-foot sailboat named Shangri-La, and the family
of three has set off cruising to the South Pacific
for a year. There, she'll turn the boat and the two boys over to their dad, who'll sail with them to Australia
. An unorthodox arrangement? You bet it is!
Log on right now, and see how the whole plan is playing out on www.BoatUS.com/cruising/shangrila
, where Tania is writing a twice-monthly log about the voyage.