Nogal provides a rare balance between performance and comfort. This one is for the sailors...
Montenegro was one of those places that kept coming up in conversation especially as a way to spend days outside of Schengen territory where we are only allowed 90 days. Like an a rigid Croatia
No longer the sleepy or cheap alternative to the Riviera. Croatia has grown up and it running at full capacity. In spite of all the tourists, the treasures of this beautiful country still inspire.
After loading Nogal aboard the ship bound for the Mediterranean we decided to head to Bali and take a crack at learning to surf. Some did better than others, but we all had fun
Following Nogal on her passage we held over in Oman before making our way to our rendezvous in Turkey.
A rendezvous with Nogal and a tour of the Lycian coast before putting Nogal in the yard while we toured the interior. Ballooning in Kapadokyia and tracing history through this place at the center of history made for a full agenda.
The limestone geography with its hongs and caves makes for wonderful exploration as well as a great backdrop for our memorable New Years party aboard Nogal and Dragonfly.
A trip to Hanoi reveals a very different perspective of the Vietnam war as can be suspected. What was not expected was the beauty of the city and the people.
CAMBODIA - SIEM REAP
Temples, craft, culture all amazing here. As suspected, our second trip to Cambodia was just as enjoyable as our first.
A short stopover in Malaka revealed a quaint city that embraced diversity as was necessary to take advantage of this trading around the busiest trading route on earth.
BALI - LOMBOK
A wonderful week in Ubud provided a welcome break from life on the water. Sophia writes on what it is like to live under the shadow of an active volcano.
THE BALIKCIL FLEET
Indonesia is home to more unforeseen threats than I have ever encountered at sea. We confronted these challenges as a group of seven boats and in doing so became a family.
A firsthand look at the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island and the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie
PORONUI NEW ZEALAND
A trip to New Zealand would not be complete without outdoor activities. We stayed at Poronui on the North Island where we were served a large dose.
An amazing lesson in nature that came to us through an unlikely set of events
Julia walks us through the process of how she overcame her fear of manta rays
LAND HO - MARQUESAS
After 3000 miles of open ocean and seventeen days at sea landfall in the Marquesas will always be remembered. It is a place where comraderie amongst sailors runs deep.
So much to do - the house, the job, the dog, medical training, electronic decisions, safety prep, farewell parties...the lists covered the walls of our house and our house started to look like a project office
CAMBODIA - PHNOM PENH
An inspiring trip to visit the Liger Learning Academy with our friends from Dragonfly leaves us planning to return.
A timeless place with people living off the sea as they have done for many generations . Strange to find such a place so close to the thriving modernity of Singapore.
A small island with an amazing history at the center of spice trading dating back ten centuries. Julia tells a story about this amazing place in her blog entry below.
MILLETTES VISIT NOGAL
We were blessed with a brief but fulfilling week with the Millettes in the Whitsundays.
Our photo journal from a few days in Melbourne. It reminded us a lot of San Francisco.
Nogal stays in Sydney for two months of festivities over the holidays.
A TEAM OF FOUR
A look back on what it was like when it came down to just the four of us managing ocean passages.
So much to see, so little time. A brief stop in Tuamotus.
Letting go and hanging on as the first 24 hours of our trip unfolded to what would be one of the most challenging times of our trip. Mistakes were made, injuries occurred and we confronted our fears as we sailed to San Diego.
The largest city in Malaysia where we visited Caesar Pelli's Petronus Towers and hit the malls for Xmas shopping.
A month in this modern city and a visit from Fan Fan made it extra special.
An introduction to the wonderfully vibrant reefs of Indonesia as well as an ancient culture of Sea Gypsies living on the water.
A hike with our friends from Dragonfly through this island of striking contrasts: wild koala country combined with WW2 outposts
Magaly and Clea join Nogal in Brisbane, one of our favite places in Australia.
QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
A video of Julia's flight and some photos of one of our favorite places that we have visited along our way.
In the outer reaches of the Fiji islands lies the remote island of Fulaga, a place to remember
In her blog, Sophia walks us through a relationship as it evolves with one of our favorite families from the island of Tahaa in French Polynesia - thank you Tama!
After much work and some healing in San Diego we set sail for Mexico which would serve as our staging point for crossing the Pacific
A quick tour through Italy with stops in the Aeolian Islands and Procida where we left Nogal while touring Rome and Florence.
Our long awaiting entry into Europe finally arrived as well our neighbors the Theodosopouloses who were the perfect guests to introduce us to the people and places.
A city full of art and great food with a long history of trading around the Malucca Straights.
LIFE IN THE GALLEY
Sophia, Julia, and Woodward take a stab at "vlogging" by documenting their breakfast shenanigans
12 days, 25 dives, several parties and a walk with the fabled Komodo dragons. A thriving ecosystem and a place to be remembered.
Friends join us as we dive, fish, hike, study the environment and celebrate together in Northern Queensland
A look at the unbridled world of Tasmania. Home of David Walsh's MONA, more interesting animals, world class artists and skilled craftsmen.
NEW ZEALAND FJORDS
Including photos from a helicopter tour of Milford Sound
A look at New Caledonia and the remarkable Tjibaou Cultural Center by Renzo Piano
We were struck with ambivalence during our fist encounter with this stunningly beautiful yet commercialized island. Then we found the hard to reach areas and lost ourselves with a group of friends.
CROSSING AN OCEAN
To step out on the open ocean is a full experience and a great adventure - to take your wife and kids can feel a bit overwhelming at times, especially if none of them have offshore experience...