Wow, number 3! If you have been following my blog you know that I have started a series of short profiles about some of the most interesting and inspiring cruising families. People I have come across via social media or in person.
SV Rehua is the third family that was so kind to answer my questions and provide some background information on their sailing life.
After a sailing holiday in 2013 Audrie and Seathan decided that quitting the rat race and going full time sailing with their kids made perfect sense. They have been sailing ever since.
SV Rehua, that’s Audrie and Seathan with their two boys, Tyrii and Aeneas from the UK.
The boys were 9 and 4 when the family set sail in Turkey. Like many sailing families, the guys decided a catamaran would be the best option to safely and comfortably sail the seven seas. After a summer cruising in the Mediterranean, they crossed the Atlantic and spent some time in the Caribbean. They continued to sail to Venezuela, the ABC-islands and the San Blas Islands in Panama.
In April 2015 they went through the Panama Canal and entered the Pacific, and went on to sail from Galapagos to the Marquesas in just under 18 days, which was their longest non-stop sail (roughly 3,000 nautical miles). The four spent time in French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, The Solomon Islands, PNG, and spent more than two years in the South Pacific.
At the time we reached out to Audrie, Seathan, Tyrii and Aeneas they were in South East Asia. Thanks, guys for answering our questions and letting us write about you! Stay safe! Fair winds and following seas! Tyrii: “The world is full of amazing places, all you have to do is get out there and find them.”
What's their boat?
SV Rehua is an Antares/PDQ 44. A sturdy, well-equipped bluewater cruiser with an accommodation plan suited to long-term living aboard and extended offshore cruising.
LOA 44′, LWL 43’6″, Beam 21’9″, Draft 4′, Displ. 22,500 lbs, Sail area (main and jib) 864 sq ft, Power (2) 29-hp Yanmar diesel.
What was the most challenging event you experienced as a family while cruising and how did you deal with it?
I think the hardest thing is not being able to see friends and family often, especially grandparents. This year, the kids flew back to Europe by themselves to spend some time with their grandparents and we’ve also arranged to meet close friends and family in the past, which is not easy to organize when you are cruising and won’t know where you will be.
What was your most amazing experience as a family so far?
Standing on the rim of an active volcano on Vanuatu watching it explode and spit lava.
What do you do when you had an argument on the boat and only have limited private space to reflect?
The space in front of the mast, on the trampolines, is a great private spot for some reflection or meditation.
What do you miss the most from your "old" land-based lifestyle?
Nothing. Maybe our dishwasher.
What would you say is the most valuable lesson you have learned as a family while cruising?
To be together and to just be comfortable together. We don’t need to do stuff all the time. Just being together is great.
One thing you can not live without on the boat?
If you could travel back in time to the day before you set sail what advice would you give yourself?
Get rid of more stuff. We sold our house and broke all our ties but we still have a lot of stuff in storage. I wish we would have spent more time selling and throwing out things we don’t need anymore.
If you had superpowers what is the one thing you would change in the world?
Stop unnecessary consumerism and producing so much plastic waste.
Your top 2-3 tips for wannabe bluewater cruisers?
Just go for it. Don’t take too long preparing. Even though it has been a long term dream, we made an impulsive decision to go sailing around the world after a holiday in November and by June we had sold our house and bought a boat and left it all behind.
What are your plans for the next 12 months?
We are currently in SE Asia and are taking a break from cruising to earn some money and top up our cruising kitty, but we still live onboard and continue to homeschool the kids.
Social Media and other links
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