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Is sailing around the world with your partner the ultimate bluewater dream? Who would you pick as your round-the-world cruising companion? Photo: Tor Johnson. If you could choose anyone to go on a grand adventure with, would it be your life partner? Perhaps you plan to take friends and family with you. But what happens if those plans change halfway round?

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I talked to World ARC crews near the finish of their circum to find out how different couples had answered those unknowns over their round the world voyage. Ruud and Laurie Bosman recruited crew from within the ARC rally after deciding to complete their world voyage. Grenada was a homecoming celebration for the World ARC fleet. Some had started in — or even earlier — but peeled off to linger in the Pacific or return to normal life for a while, then hooked into the rally on its way past.

Others had diverted to explore New Zealand, Ascension Island, or another outpost, before reing their fleet. With very few exceptions, most of the boats belonged to couples taking on their first trip sailing around the world. Some had sailed the entire voyage tly, on others one partner had flown home for a stage or two.

Some had taken crew from day one, others had switched between double-handing and sailing with more aboard. Several started with one plan, and finished with a very different set up indeed. Two years ago my partner Nick and I set off from the UK to fulfill our dream of sailing around…. Cruising sailors who also call their boat their home usually give plenty of consideration to making life on board as…. One such couple was David and Wendy Tipton. A former farmer from Staffordshire, UK, David had built up a recycling business that he sold, enabling them to buy Mischiefa Jeanneau Sun Odysseyand sail around the world.

There was only one problem: Wendy hated the water and considered herself an inexperienced sailor. Before they set off on the ARC transatlantic, Wendy had to learn to swim before she could even do a sea survival course. They sent a round robin to friends and sailing contacts to see who wanted to them, and garnered an enthusiastic response, with many ing up for different legs. One was a very experienced sailor who sailed with the Tiptons for the first six months, which Wendy says gave her a lot of confidence.

Photo: James Mitchell. But 15 months is a long time to share your home, with up to six aboard at times, and Wendy admits having no personal space nearly drove her to breaking point. I was so fed up. It was nothing to do with the sailing, I was just sick of people.

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For my own sanity I needed some time on our own. They decided instead to sail on double-handed from South Africa, and arrived in St Helena bowled over by how smoothly it had gone. Photo: Haley Haltom.

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Before switching to sailing double-handed Wendy had sought advice from other crews on the ARC, many of whom had become close friends. She particularly asked the women for honest opinions, and says that they were overwhelmingly positive — with the obvious caveat that it could be more tiring sharing the sailing between just two. Dealing with such a litany of problems between just the two of them was unknown territory, but Wendy says that while the situation did scare her, they were able to calmly work through and solve each issue.

Like many, they began their World ARC with trusted friends, and were also ed by their adult daughter for stages. But they later took on an unknown crewmember who had been recommended to them. Fearful that they would run aground or make some other catastrophic error, Dan found himself supervising every watch — defeating the point of having a third person aboard.

Having sailed two-up for some of the shorter legs around the Society Islands, the Longs also decided to go double-handed from Cape Town and found themselves easily handling the longer distances, setting a spinnaker for three days straight and covering plus miles a day.

For other couples taking on crew turned out to be a positive switch. Anissa describes herself as a very inexperienced sailor, but they sailed from Grenada to Cape Town double-handed. Their Amel is set up for single-handed sailing, with push button controls from a protected centre cockpit.

The duo sailed conservatively, never over-canvassed. But Anissa still found night watches hard. Night watches can be a long and lonely experience. I never felt totally comfortable with that. But for us transitioning to crew has been easy, and our new crew has been the easiest person. With an extra hand they were soon able to carry more sail area, enjoying having the 52ft ketch flying along under four or five sails, including two spinnakers and a staysail. And later maybe — or even maybe not — we would have downsized.

But for couples I would say keep an extremely open mind about bringing crew aboard. Several of the roving crew had sailed on three or four different yachts by the time they reached Grenada. Karen Slater, a former fire service worker from the UK, was a very popular member of the ARC family and was about to her sixth boat for the final cruise to St Lucia. Freediving with whale sharks in Namibia.

Photo Haley Haltom.

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Having a floating pool of experienced crew became an invaluable resource for some boats. American retirees Ruud and Laurie Bosman on the Hylas 54 Blue Pearl had originally only planned to sail the first half of the rally. Both aged 71, the pair never wanted to sail double-handed and had organised crew for the Pacific legs, but no further. The unspoilt beauty of the Marquesas. When Laurie returned home to spend a few weeks with family, they invited other ARC crew aboard, some staying for the entire second half of the circum.

There are still no guarantees that an experienced ARC crewmember will be a good fit. Flashpoints were usually over domestic niggles like food preferences several couples commented on how provisioning was much simpler with just two aboard, reducing one area of work. For those who did sail as a couple, how they divided the roles often reflected home life. Other couples, where one had spent much of the marriage putting in long hours at the office, had a bigger adjustment to make.

There were exceptions: on Misto British ex-pat Rosalind Cheetham skippered their Nautitech and was hands-on with maintenance. At sea the roles tended to shift slightly. Many adopted a much more fluid watch pattern during the day, each taking naps whenever needed. Several skippers took longer night watches than their partners, but would set alarms to allow minute naps on open ocean legs. They also modified their safety rules.

Several boats started out with conventional spinnakers and ordered furling Code Zero or asymmetric kites to replace them en route as they became more confident in sailing double-handed. Every couple I spoke to emphasised that while the World ARC schedule was intense, and some stages had been very challenging, the rewards were hugely worth it. Swimming with manta rays at Suwarrow in the Cook Islands. Many boats ordered new sails in Darwin, Australia, or South Africa — several of which did not clear customs in time to reach the yachts before they set off on the stage they were ordered for.

The most popular were furling downwind sails. Multiple boats had issues with faults on one system triggering an issue on the other — an update to the MFD, for example, causing a fault on the SSB radio. Bones Black, who runs the Bowman 57 charter yacht Emily Morgan with his wife, Anna, was widely praised across the fleet for helping troubleshoot and fix problems on almost every yacht.

He suggests splitting systems to avoid interference. Many boats used Open CPN to overlay chart data with satellite images from Google Maps, particularly in areas where charts alone were not reliably accurate, such as Fiji and the San Blas Islands. Experienced bluewater cruisers Bones and Anna Black run charter yacht Emily Morgan and were a source of expertise for many rally participants.

Anna Black, who skippers Emily Morganspent a lot of time preparing by looking at cruising blogs and other free resources, such as the Fiji Atlas for Mariners website and Noonsite. She also recommends Fastseas. Emily Morgan is set up with a double filter coarse and carbon of water going into the tanks, then drinking water is filtered a second time through the Seagull unit, so they can refill reusable drinking bottles from the taps.

Several boats had to replace dinghies or outboards in far-flung locations such as Fiji, due to being lost or simply coming apart after weeks of extreme heat and UV. The cost could easily be five times the equivalent price at home. Some crews felt the costs had been surprising.

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Marina fees were higher than many had anticipated, and the social aspect of the rally made a few feel under pressure to eat out more. Halyard breakages were commonplace. Adding Kevlar reinforced outer covers to halyards and sheets worked well on some yachts, others added padded protection to stop the main chafing on spreaders.

Photo: YachtEmily Morgan. Finding a quiet spot on Emily Morgan.

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