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Welcome to zeroXTE

For fourteen years we explored the world under sail, living on a thirty-eight foot 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 in 2007 initially, at least the chart will have you believe, 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, and we discovered not only the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world, but also our independence, and so for a total of eight years we happily explored the islands of Oceana, 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 in the Tuamotus was our home for a total of 228 days. It was our happiest time.

XTE, or 'Cross Track Error', is a navigational term, it records the distance a vessel has deviated from her desired course. Four fourteen years, even as we wandered and sometimes drifted with no specific destination in mind, we always seemed to find ourselves in the right place. And we are thankful for that.

We have lived on Dream Time longer than anywhere else in our lives. We have returned to New York, but we have already begun plotting our next adventure on the sea.

To explore Dream Time's 2007-2021 voyage, click the flags above, browse the "Highlights" area, or simply drift amongst the years and months under "Previous Entries".
We hope you enjoy the journey.

 

Nautical Sphere
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It took three weeks to scrimshaw the world onto the antique glass float we discovered in the South Pacific almost eight years ago. This first Nautical Sphere is now suspended inside Dream Time's cabin - a fitting tribute to commemorate her world voyage.

The globe carries six tall ships, three sea monsters, two compass roses and a mischievous wind cherub in the high latitudes. This tall ship shown below is crossing the equator after departing the Galapagos Islands (off its stern). Detail was tricky - the tall ship is a mere one inch in length.



 


 


Dream Time World Tour 2007-2021

 


Voyaging facts from Dream Time's logbook
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Interested to learn a few of Dream Time's 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)