We left Bridlington on the East Yorkshire
coast on 15 June 2004 to begin our circumnavigation. Katanne is now resting on the hard a Deacon's Yard
on the Hamble. We had the time of our lives; met some wondeful people and have seen the most fantastic sights. Now there only
the memories of ten glorious years and a catalogue of photos to remind us of our adventures. I can't pretend that I don't
have mixed feelings and on occasion it feels as though a part of me has gone, never to return. However, I also recognise that
there has to be a time to change tack and it was the right time to do so.
our circumnavigation on 21 August 2012 at 0530 GMT when we crossed our wake a few miles East of Cartagena. I would like to
say that it was an emotional event but since we have known it was going to happen for a long time there was no immediate sense
of achievement. However, over the following days whilst we celebrated in Cartagena we did come to feel that we had achieved
something. Nicolette was told that more people had climbed Everest than had circumnavigated. I don't know if that's
true or not but I suppose we have joined a select group.
Needless to say we
both feel very privileged to have been able to see so many places and meet some wonderful people. Ie have been excited, thrilled,
awed and humbled. We've experienced all types of weather and sea but remember, in the main, the best times and allow our
selective short tern memory to erase the rest.
I've also been asked many times if Katanne, a Nauticat 331,
is a suitable boat in which to undertake a circumnavigation. I think she has been the perfect boat and what's more many
of our circumnavigating friends think so too. She's not built for speed but for comfort and strength. That said we crossed
the 3100nms of the Pacific from The Galapagos to Fatu Hiva in French Polynesia in 24 days at an average speed of 5.38kts.
Katanne held her own against bigger, supposedly faster boats and we did so in comfort; I read 21 books on that trip. Moreover,
Nicolette claims she has never had a drop of sea water fall on her throughout the 8 years we have been on the boat. A testament,
surely, to her high and dry cockpit and the ability to control the boat from within the pilot house. "The biggest
little ship" is how the Nauticat 331 has been described and certainly most visitors are amazed at the room we have below
decks. Her wide beam and heavy displacement ensure that she has a high comfort level in bad seas and with a decent wind she
goes very well. It's fair to say that she doesn't do well going upwind but behaves wonderfully when off the wind and
going downwind. We know life is good when we set the pole for the genoa or spinnaker. Katanne has looked after us very
well over the last 8 years but now we have completed our circumnavigation I have decided to sell her. She's a high value
boat with a long pedigree and my sailing, in the future, will be much curtailed and not worthy of her.
To all our sailing friends spread far and wide across all the oceans, we hope to meet up with you again and
" Stay Safe". I hope this website has been useful and of interest. If it has nurtured a love of sailing or a desire
to do so then that's all to the good.
Tom Sampson and Nicolette Knoop