We have our scariest moment yet, and of course it’s at night. We pride ourselves on being responsible sailors (keeping our family safe), but here we got “caught with our pants down and our spinnaker up” in a gale.

While the boat was probably just fine, we lost control and could not reduce sail area. Losing that control is very scary when your family is on board and you don’t know what the storm will throw at you next.

Often it’s the sailors that break before the boats do – and such was the case here. Still, it’s terrifying. If anything, we have more faith in our boat than before – and maybe a little more belief in ourselves as well…

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ABOUT US: We are a family of five sailing around the world on our “dream boat,” a performance catamaran named “Archer.”

Ten years ago, before kids, we sailed a Lagoon 380 named “Honeymoon” halfway around the world to Sydney, Australia. Along the way we shared our experiences with family and friends via YouTube, and by happenstance created one of the earliest sailing channels still posting. We also realized what an incredible experience we were having and that someday we wanted to do it again, only this time with our kids.

OUR BOAT is a Ferrari red Outremer 51 performance cruising catamaran. We chose this boat as it has been specifically designed for the purpose of bluewater sailing. It was designed and built to withstand the stress of “sailing multiple times around the world safely and in comfort.” And yes, she’s nice on the eyes too.

OUR ROUTE has taken us from the Boston/Cape Cod area of the United States down to the Caribbean and then through the Panama Canal. At the time of posting this we have dealt with the Coronavirus lock down in New Zealand, a category 5 Cyclone in Fiji, and are now cruising again in Covid Free Australia.

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