In May 1985, when Tania Aebi was 18 years old, she cast off from the docks of South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan and sailed 27,000 miles around the world—alone—on her Contessa 26, Varuna. Concerned about her lack of ambition, her father offered her this opportunity as an alternative to a college education, and she took him up on it. With just a cat for company, she crossed the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and the North Atlantic, stopping in 23 countries along the way. In November 1987, at 21, Tania Aebi returned to New York City, a solo-circumnavigator.
She spent the following year reliving the trip in words, writing her bestselling book, Maiden Voyage, a personal account describing her coming of age odyssey and dramatic childhood.
Nowadays, as her boys turn into young men, she continues to write, runs her businesses, and is working on her next book—in between keeping the paths shoveled and wood fires stoked in the winter, the gardens planted, weeded and productive in the summers.
Written with Bernadette Brennan immediately following her circumnavigation, Maiden Voyage, Tania Aebi’s spellbinding account of her epic solo journey around the world, is currently in its fourteenth trade paperback printing. It has been translated into eight languages, and portions of it have been anthologized in many collections. It also spent three weeks on The London Times bestseller list, and was selected in 1998 as a Best Book For Young Adults by the American Library Association. As Walter Cronkite put it, Maiden Voyage is “an exciting tale of an extraordinarily brave and romantic adventure.”
"Like most first-class yarns of passage-making heroics, Aebi’s story is a much deeper adventure of the kind of self-discovery that one finds only when pushing toward one’s limit."
The Boston Globe
I'VE BEEN AROUND
In 1997, Tania Aebi was hired as a columnist by the fledging sailing magazine Latitudes & Attitudes. “Casual and friendly in its approach to the sailing world, the magazine’s tone provided me with a place to explore my own reflections on what I already knew and continued to learn about the sailing way of life and how to share it all with others.” In over twenty years of cruising by herself and with family, and leading ten-day flotillas to charter destinations in a professional capacity, she has gathered many anecdotes, observations, opinions, cautionary tales and advice. Indeed, she has been around. In this, her first book since Maiden Voyage, there is something for the armchair sailor dreaming about sailing off one day, as well as for the sailor in the cockpit actively chasing those horizons.
"Aebi helps us remember that sailing and being on the water are the important things, not how much the boat costs or whether we have all the latest gadgets and doohickies. Since she sailed around the globe in a 26-foot boat without GPS, perhaps we can learn a few lessons from her."
THE LOG OF SHANGRI-LA
In 2007, with her sons aged 16 and 14, Tania bought a steel sloop in Saint Maarten, a Deviliers 36, and with her boys, sailed it across the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and across the South Pacific, via the Marquesas and Tuamotus, to Tahiti. There, she handed the boat and boys over to their father, and they continued on for the second half of the voyage across the Pacific, stopping in the Cook Islands, Samoa, Wallis and Futuna, Fiji and New Caledonia—joint custody goes to sea for one school year. See the pictures and read all about it in a chronicle of the voyage Tania kept underway for Boat US.
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Ever since her return from her solo circumnavigation in 1987 at the age of twenty-one, Tania has lectured to many different groups all around the country and overseas. Rapt audiences have listened to the story of her youthful adventure, seen the exotic slide show, heard the reflective narration of what it means to take on a staggering challenge, to set and reach an enormous goal, and how such an experience can forever impact a life. This is a timeless, genuinely recounted and inspirational story you won’t soon forget.
My client's were talking about Tania all day after her presentation. She was awesome.
We had the largest turnout ever.
Nix & Associates, San Diego, CA
Tania was just amazing. She captivated our audience and everyone there said she was the best keynote we ever had!! She was so personable and just a lovely person. I would have her back at any event I planned in a heart beat!!
Oregon Municipal Finance Officers Association,
Glenn Eden Beach, OR
SAIL WITH TANIA
Do you have a group with whom you’d like to go sailing—if only you didn’t have to worry about all the logistics of organizing a trip, and then, be in charge of the skippering? Let Tania do the worrying. Based on the model she has been fine-tuning in her years of leading flotillas, she can ensure that you will have a stress free sailing vacation with your friends, customized to your needs.
Let her help with: choosing a destination, selecting a reputable charter company and right boat, set up the provisioning, then skipper you safely from one harbor to another so you can relax and enjoy yourself in paradise.
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TANIA AEBI SAILING ADVENTURES
You may know us as Women for Sail, or Tania Aebi’s Sailing Adventures, or Adventure Voyaging—name branding has never been our forte!—or not at all. For over 20 years, Tania (and fellow sailing adventure group leaders) have been organizing 7-10 day charters all around the world, providing safe sailing fun to hundreds of vacationers who have also been curious about learning. We do not do boot camp, but we will introduce as much or as little as anyone wants to know about navigation, points of sail, docking, maneuvering, anchoring, and basic engine maintenance.
We take care of all the charter logistics. All you have to do is show up at the designated marina on the trip start date—we are also always happy to help with the travel planning—your collapsible bags filled with our suggested packing, ready to build some lifelong memories of time on the water.
To be added to the mailing list for trip offerings, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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