Where did you start from?
Cape town, South Africa.
How long did it take?
It has taken me 12 years to get here.
My first trip from Cape Town to St Helena took three weeks.
What did you see?
My favorite part of the world has been Brazil for the people, the food and everything. The birds are very beautiful. I will never forget the Roseate Spoonbill which I saw in Paranague.
Was anyone with you?
Sinbad, my cat
What was the hardest part?
The first night. A storm. Also my engine quit working.
What was the most fun?
The list is very long. Coming up the East River into New York City was something I will never forget.
Speedwell of Hong Kong is a 62-year-old Vertue. It is a wooden boat. Ms. Shirley spent a hurricane season in Trindad in the shipyard laying fiberglass over the wood in order to keep the boat seaworthy. She said the hard part was striping the old paint and caulking. Also, the fiberglass was very hard to work with in the heat and she did have to get another pair of hands in order to lift the large sheets of dripping fiberglass to the hull.