Five weeks to go…..

musieknoteOn the Twelfth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me……musieknote

  • 51 rolls of toiletpaper,
  • 14 tubes of toothpaste,
  • 12 litres of shampoo,
  • 12 litres of conditioner,
  • 3 bottles Milton,
  • 6 kg washing powder,
  • 504 paper handkerchiefs,
  • 110 refuse bags,
  • 10 dishwashing cloths,
  • 5 rolls of cotton,
  • 40 hairpins,
  • 4 liters  of dishwashing liquid

musieknote…and I stuffed it all in my very own yacht!musieknote

These are  only the things that I have already stocked up on. Not the many, MANY others things that I know I have to buy and the things I haven’t even thought of yet.

Every time I push something into a little (or big) hidy-hole, I make a note of what went in and where it went. Things disappear on boats, they really do! Just imagine being halfway to Rio and you need the spare oil filter and you have no idea where to start looking and no wind and huge swells and the boat is rocking madly and no engine – because you need the oil filter and did I mention the boat rocking? (Karin just walked past and confirmed the rocking bit).

Perhaps you could all give some ideas of what you think we should be taking along. That way, we might just cover all our bases : ).Please use the “comments” for this. I will be sure to post some “stocking up” photo’s when the real work starts!


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    • Marinus van Zyl on October 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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    Eggs and Apples, sealed in wax.

    Lots of Marie Biscuits!!

    Very very very comfortable oilies

    1. What type of wax?

    • Debbie on October 29, 2014 at 10:32 pm
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    “that was a cute little song” …. and I’m sure there are 101 to still add AND 101 things to sort out … could be a tiring time.
    I have several questions, as this ‘Sail around the World’ message somehow completely passed me by 🙂
    So here goes:
    * Frans as this was your original dream, have you got a strong sailing background I don’t know about?
    * what made you decide on 3 years?
    * how many of the family members have done any sailing training?
    – I do think that having done several sailing expeditions together, gives each one a degree of what it really will be like !!
    * are you selling or letting out your home?
    * have you managed to find other families who have done the same things? Other people’s experience can be so valuable.
    * I can only imagine the challenges of having all the necessary paperwork for sorting out visa’s etc etc

    What fun it must’ve been to look into your route and the various options etc etc
    OK I’ll stop there … and will follow with keen interest 🙂

    1. Hi, Debbietjie, good to hear from you

      I’ll try to give some quick answers:

      * Sailing background? A little bit (Probably more of a dreaming background 🙂

      * why 3 years? We estimated that it’d take about 18 months of hard sailing to get around the world, and we decided to double that so we can have some time to experience the places as well (e.g. – if you google the ARC rally, their route takes about 18 months)

      * training? I’ve done a Yachtmaster, Karin has done a Coastal Skipper, and the kids all spent some time on sailing boats since they were in their carry-cots (They did attend a first aid course, and Marike did her VHF exam – she’s the only one old enough).

      * were letting out our house

      * we’ve read some books and talked to some people. So far I’m lucky enough to be skipping the boat with the largest female-to-male ratio in a family crew that we’ve heard of yet.

      * paperwork? Imagine all you can. Then think extra gloomy thoughts. Then double that! 🙁

      Have fun!

    • Trish Roberts on November 2, 2014 at 9:08 am
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    Ek travel nooit sonder ‘n “sarong” – gebruik vir romp, rok, skaduwee, handdoek. ligte kombers. privacy screen, picnic blanket, tafeldoek, Vou hom op en knoop oor jou skouer dan kan jy jou shopping daarin dra – jy gaan op die aarde loop en on die local markets rondloop, maak nat en slaap daaronder as jy warm kry! . Almal wat ek die raad gegee het het vir my kom vertel wat het hulle nog gedoen daarmee – hulle is lig, was en droog in oogknip en vat geen pak plek!! Ek het by Pick n Pay paar geklop en gaan nie vir picnic of vakantie sonder tenminste een vir elk – mans insluitend!
    That’s my travel tip and I am sticking to it!!!
    xxx 🙂

    • Martina McCallie on November 3, 2014 at 12:16 am
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    Cotton ear buds
    rubber bands

    I am sure you will think of everything, so will not write much here.

    • Martina McCallie on November 3, 2014 at 12:23 am
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    do you have some idea of the route? If so, then are you coming to the U.S.? If you make it to Florida, then we will definitely make the trip to see you.

    how often can we expect to hear from you on the blog?

    We are excited for this adventure to start. We know that you all will have a great adventure.

    1. Hi, Martina
      There’s a (very) rough route laid out on the tab called “Route”

      How often? – whenever one of us wants to post something!
      The blog is meant as something of a newsletter to our friends and family, so we can direct them here when they ask how we are. We’re not going to be too dogmatic about updating it according to a schedule
      (The best is probably to just make a link to the RSS feed into your email reader, then you’ll see whenever there’s a new entry)

      All the best

    • Roger on November 5, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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    Wetwipes. Great for making your sticky feet feel better when there is no water to wash in.

    • Adrienne Clarke on November 28, 2014 at 7:14 am
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    Ouma Beskuit – Very good comfort food when homesick
    Those wet wipes with detergent that you use for cleaning – Americans use them a lot. And it doesn’t matter if the boat is rocking because they can’t “spill.”
    After-sun lotion

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