Ed and Genie Webb, two of Tamesis Club’s most accomplished dinghy sailors, began a global circumnavigation in their yacht Wandering Dream, a Rival 38, on Wednesday 16 August 2000.
Genie and Ed Webb after arriving at Falmouth (Photo: Ben Vines)
- They completed a 2,028-mile passage to the Canary Islands on Thursday 26 October and joined 217 other yachts in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, leaving Las Palmas on Sunday 19 November 2000 for the 2,788 mile race to St Lucia.
- They won the Cruising World Trophy for the fastest couple to make the Atlantic crossing, taking just under 21 days.
- After a relaxing Christmas cruising in the Grenadines, they sailed on to Panama and passed through the Canal on Monday 9 April 2001.
- Wandering Dream reached the Marquesas, the French Polynesian islands almost half way across the Pacific on Tuesday 5 June 2001, having covered the 2,961 miles from the Galapagos Islands in 24 days.
- They sailed from Bora Bora, near Tahiti, on Saturday 29 September 2001 on passage to New Zealand via the Cook Islands and Tonga, and arrived in New Zealand on Wednesday 21 November 2001.
- After spending six months in NZ they sailed back to Tonga in May 2002 and spent the summer exploring the western Pacific islands of Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu.
- They arrived in Australia on 20 November 2002. After spending nearly a year in Australian waters they left Darwin on 10 July 2003 and completed their 5,369 mile crossing of the Indian Ocean at the Comoros Islands on 30 September 2003.
- Wandering Dream sailed from Mayotte in mid-October, and spent nearly a month in Madagascar before crossing the Mozambique Channel to reach Richard’s Bay, South Africa, on 20 November.
- Ed and Genie sailed from Cape Town on 10 February 2004 to begin the 2,000 mile passage from South Africa to St Helena, where they spent a week anchored in a sheltered bay, and stopped briefly at Ascension Island early in March, following a 700 mile crossing of the mid-Atlantic ridge in six days.
- They arrived at Trinidad early in April following a 25 day, 3,100 mile passage from Ascension, crossing their outward track from when they had previously been in the Caribbean in 2001.
- Wandering Dream sailed from Trinidad to Antigua, via Guadaloupe, in April 2004 and then on to Bermuda in June.
- They reached the Azores after a 2,000 mile passage on Thursday 24 June 2004.
- Wandering Dream left the Azores on the final leg of the homeward Atlantic crossing on Tuesday 27 July and arrived safely in Falmouth on Sunday 8 August.
They had covered 43,000 miles in almost exactly four years – a tremendous achievement!