Since 18th of July 1992 the Lundgren family from Borlange in Sweden,
have been out "Blue Water Sailing". The plans they had of "Sailing
Around The World" and to visit all the exotic places that they dreamt
about earlier, was going to come true.
The family Lundgren includes Gunnar, Karin, Johanna 12 years and Sara 11
years. Their planes where to spend the first year in the Mediterranean
Sea, to let the young girls get used to this kind of life.
The little school onboard started up and even if Sara was underaged for
the regular school, it was impossible to keep her busy and satisfied
with "kids" things, when big sister Johanna started to learn reading and
writing. Never mind, if the interest is there, "go for it".
After the year in the Mediterranean, with five months in Tunisia, they
continued down to Casablanca in Marocko and then further south to the
Gambia in West Africa. Some hundred nautical miles up the Gambia river
they celebrated the second Christmas onboard.
In the beginning of 1994 they crossed the Atlantic Ocean and the
equator, aiming for the Brazilian coast. The rhythm from the Brazilian carnival was still heard onboard when they passed the Caribbean Islands and the locks in Panama, early March 1995.
From Costa Rica in Central America 38 days of sailing took them over the
first part of the Pacific Ocean to the Marquesas Islands and the atoll's
of Tuamotus in French Polynesia. Islands and countries like Suwarov,
Samoa and Fiji where visited before they in November 1995 found a dock
in the town of Gosford, just north of Sydney in Australia.
This was going to be the anchorage for the family during the South
Pacific cyclone season. Sara and Johanna could now, to their
satisfaction, join the Public school for half a year.
With a second hand car, they made excursions both south to Blue
Mountains, Snowy Mountains and Melbourne, and north up to Brisbane.
One of the highlights under the stay was the family's opal digging in
the outback of Australia. This is one of the places around the world
that they really are longing back to.
In August 1996 they where under sail north again, inside the Great
Barrier Reef. In October the course was set for Solomon Islands some
1000 nautical miles to the north east.
Christmas day that year, the yacht Kulla was struck by the cyclone
Fergus. Without damages and with a lot of experience the Lundgren
family stayed for five more months on these tropical Islands.
Springtime 1997 Kulla visited the Louisiades and Port Moresby in Papua
New Guinea before entering Australian waters at Thursday Island in
Darwin in north Australia was the last port of call, before setting out
into the Indian Ocean, in August 1997. Stops where made at Cocos
Keeling, Rodriguez, Mauritius, and Reunion Island before Kulla, in the
end of November, entered the port of Durban in South Africa.
The Sailing Yacht now was temporarily swapped against a car, for a two
week Safari expedition inland. The family visited Swaziland, the
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Lesotho, with the beautiful
Drakensberg mountains, under the trip.
Tuff sailing conditions followed the family around the southern tip of
Africa, and in mid January 1998 they could sail around the Cape Of Good
Hope and tie up in the marina in Cape Town.
The 31 of January it was time for the next crossing and this time the
little island of St.Helena, nearly in the middle of the South Atlantic
Ocean, was set as a waypoint......