SAILING NOGAL

Nogal provides a rare balance between performance and comfort.  This one is for the sailors...

     

      

VARIOUS

MONTENEGRO

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

               

07.22.18

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.

 

             

07.26.18

REVISITING BALI

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

 

03.27.18

OMAN

Following Nogal on her passage we held over in Oman before making our way to our rendezvous in Turkey. 

              

04.02.18

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.              

04.03.18

THAILAND

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. 

              

12.20.17

VIETNAM

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.  

       

      

01.02.18

CAMBODIA - SIEM REAP

Temples, craft, culture all amazing here.  As suspected, our second trip to Cambodia was just as enjoyable as our first. 

              

1.10.18

MALAKA

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.  

11.14.17

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.

              

10.01.17

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.

07.20.17

QUEENSLAND

A firsthand look at the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island and the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie

04.29.17

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.

03.17.17

LADY MUSGRAVE

 

An amazing lesson in nature that came to us through an unlikely set of events

11.14.16

MANTA MONSTERS

 

Julia walks us through the process of how she overcame her fear of manta rays

08.22.16

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.   

05.14.16

PREPARATIONS

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

03.01.16

CAMBODIA - PHNOM PENH

 

An inspiring trip to visit the Liger Learning Academy with our friends from Dragonfly leaves us planning to return.  

       

      

11.25.17

WESTERN INDONESIA 

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.

              

10.08.17

BANDA

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.

08.4.17

MILLETTES VISIT NOGAL

 

We were blessed with a brief but fulfilling week with the Millettes in the Whitsundays.

5.30.17

MELBOURNE

 

Our photo journal from a few days in Melbourne.  It reminded us a lot of San Francisco.

03.20.17

SYDNEY

 

Nogal stays in Sydney for two months of festivities over the holidays.

12.20.16

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.  

08.30.16

TUAMOTUS

So much to see, so little time.  A brief stop in Tuamotus.

06.09.16

THE SHAKEDOWN

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.

04.03.16

KUALA LUMPUR

The largest city in Malaysia where we visited Caesar Pelli's Petronus Towers and hit the malls for Xmas shopping. 

              

11.30.17

SINGAPORE

A month in this modern city and a visit from Fan Fan made it extra special.

              

11.1.17

WAKATOBI

An introduction to the wonderfully vibrant reefs of Indonesia as well as an ancient culture of Sea Gypsies living on the water.

         

08.17.17

MAGNETIC ISLAND

A hike with our friends from Dragonfly through this island of striking contrasts: wild koala country combined with WW2 outposts

06.03.17

BRISBANE

Magaly and Clea join Nogal in Brisbane, one of our favite places in Australia.

04.10.17

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.  

03.08.17

STRANGE BEAUTY

 

In the outer reaches of the Fiji islands lies the remote island of Fulaga, a place to remember

10.20.16

TAMA'S HOUSE

 

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!

08.02.16

MEXICO

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

 

 

04.20.16

Julia and Sophia collect facts as we make our way around the globe.

 

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for a running list of trivia and facts

ITALY

A quick tour through Italy with stops in the Aeolian Islands and Procida where we left Nogal while touring Rome and Florence.

 

   

 

         

08.10.18

GREECE

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.

          

06.26.18

LETTING GO

After much consideration we decided to ship Nogal over the Red Sea.  While she was in transit we planned a trip around the region and flew Fan Fan in to join us.

03.24.18

PENANG

A city full of art and great food with a long history of trading around the Malucca Straights.

  

       

      

12.12.17

LIFE IN THE GALLEY

Sophia, Julia, and Woodward take a stab at "vlogging" by documenting their breakfast shenanigans

              

11.25.17

KOMODO

12 days, 25 dives, several parties and a walk with the fabled Komodo dragons.  A thriving ecosystem and a  place to be remembered. 

              

09.20.17

NORTHERN QUEENSLAND 

Friends join us as we dive, fish, hike, study the environment and celebrate together in Northern Queensland 

              

07.08.17

TASMANIA

A look at the unbridled world of Tasmania.  Home of David Walsh's MONA, more interesting animals, world class artists and skilled craftsmen.  

04.29.17

NEW ZEALAND FJORDS 

Including photos from a helicopter tour of Milford Sound

03.09.17

STRIKING DESIGN

 

A look at New Caledonia and the remarkable Tjibaou Cultural Center by Renzo Piano

11.2.16

BORA BORA

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. 

08.15.16

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...

04.30.16