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Welcome to zeroXTE
For fourteen years we explored the world under sail, living on a sailboat with a cabin space not much larger, and with considerably less headroom, than a generous walk-in closet. As our route map above shows we set sail from New York with a clear purpose to travel, without detour, around the world from east to west, our prediction, a five year circumnavigation, although we really had no specific schedule in mind. But in 2009 Dream Time entered the South Pacific and crossed the equator for the first time, where we discovered not only the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world, but our independence. For a total of eight years we happily explored the islands of Oceania, meandering from one impossibly idyllic archipelago to the next. We lived off-the-grid, wind and sun provided us with power
, our desalinator provided us with fresh water, and the ocean our protein. One remote uninhabited anchorage was our home for a total of 228 days. It was our happiest time.

We invite you to experience Dream Time's voyage. Click the flags above to browse by region, explore the "Highlights" area, or simply drift amongst the years and months within our previous entries. We hope you enjoy the journey!


Dream Time Moments

We have closed-the-loop, but our journey is far from over. So until we unfurl new charts, raise the sails, and point Dream Time's bow in search of new adventure, we shall continue to feature some of Dream Time's most memorable moments.

Kuna Yala

Our journey to the San Blas, an autonomous region in Panama and home to the Kuna Yala, was similar to our voyage into Vanuatu eight years later - it felt like we had sailed back in time. Experience this moment >

The Bungle Bungles - Australia

A view from 2,300 feet. From riverbed to mountain range in 350 million years. This ancient maze of towering sandstone domes were, remarkably, only discovered by tourism in 1983. Experience this moment >


Streets of Havana

Cuba was the first country we raised on our world tour and our visit in Havana just happened to coincide with the revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, stepping down as Minister/President after his 49-year rule. Experience this moment >


Naghol - Pentecost, Vanuatu

We have witnessed fire walking ceremonies in Fiji, heiva in Tahiti, lakalaka in Tonga, haka dances in New Zealand, even a four day matava'a o te henua enan
festival in the Marquesas, but none compare to the unforgettable intensity of naghol. Experience this moment >

The Door to Africa - Tangier, Morocco

The 'door to Africa' - exploring a network of hidden alleyways and bazaars in an ancient port city that dates back to 10,000 years BC. Experience this moment >


Window Washing - Atlantic Ocean

Our sail south, along the African coastline to Cape Verde, was fast and wet, with thirty knots of wind and ten foot seas - the Atlantic was having fun with us. Experience this moment >

Voyaging facts from Dream Time's logbook

Interested to learn some Dream Time voyaging statistics? Below are a few figures and averages collected and calculated from over four thousand log book entries:

  Total number of days: 5,123  
  Total distance travelled (nautical miles): 50,252  
  Countries visited: 40  
  Top wind speed whilst underway: 45 knots (New Zealand to Austral Islands, 2011)  
  Average wind speed whilst underway: 14.8 knots  
  Top wind speed whilst anchored: 70 knots (Balearic Islands, 2019)  
  Average moving speed: 4.8 knots  
  Fastest speed over ground: 13.5 knots (Surfing down a 30 foot wave)  
  Average wave height: 4.6 feet  
  Largest wave height: 30 feet (New Zealand to Austral Islands, 2011)  
  Longest passage: 28 days / 3,142 nautical miles (Galapagos to Marquesas, 2009)  
  Underway - percentage sailing vs motoring: 72% pure sailing / 28% motoring or motor sailing  
  Total engine hours used in 14 years: 5,103 (an average of 15 days a year)  
  Total percentage overnight passage making: 6.8%  
  Longest anchorage (total combined days): 228 days (Fakarava, Tuamotus 2011-2013)  
  Best sailing passage: Atlantic crossing (3,579 nautical miles, 100% sailing, 2020)  
  Fastest passage: 7 knot average (841 nautical miles, New Caledonia to Australia, 2016)  
  Most significant gear failure: Forestay (New Zealand to Austral Islands, 2011)  
  Gear that required the most servicing: The head (Skipper Head II)