The "SV Rehua" crew has been cruising since
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.
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SV Rehua is the third family that was so kind to answer my questions and provide some background information on their sailing life. You can find a full list of families and reasons why I am doing this here. Check last week’s post about “Sailing Alma” here and my first post in this series about the “Feel the Breeze” family here.
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 I reached out to Audrie, Seathan, Tyrii and Aeneas they were in South East Asia.
Thanks guys for answering my questions and letting me write about you! Stay safe! Fair winds and following seas!
SV Rehua is the first family I reached out to with a similar “family setting” ie. mum and dad with two boys. Our two boys are of similar age, basically a perfect age to go long term sailing and I personally have very similar views on why one should go out and explore the world: long hours in the office, mortgage payments, private school fees, next step on the career ladder, also affectionately called “the rat race”.
What is the point of it all if you hardly spend time as a family?
To quote Tyrii: “The world is full of amazing places, all you have to do is get out there and find them.”
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 diesels.
Tell me more...
As with all these blog posts I have reached out to the SV Rehua crew and sent them a number of questions. I call them “tell me more” questions because I hope they provide more personal insights.
Thanks again guys for your open and honest answers!
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.
Standing on the rim of an active volcano on Vanuatu watching it explode and spit lava.
The space in front of the mast, on the trampolines, is a great private spot for some reflection or meditation.
Nothing. Maybe our dishwasher.
To be together and to just be comfortable together. We don’t need to do stuff all the time. Just being together is great.
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.
Stop unnecessary consumerism and producing so much plastic waste.