Exclusive Diary: Jen’s Sailing Adventure!

Adventure photographer Jen Edney shares her musings from a sea voyage with a South African boat transporter and his crew.

Crew members Ricky, Jan, and Jamie

Photographer Jen Edney

Setting Sail

Greg Peterson has his dream job: delivering sailboats all over the world. On an 18-week trip from South Africa to Australia, adventure photographer Jen Edney joined the captain and his crew for an intimate perspective of life at sea.

Left to right: Crew members Ricky, Jan, and Jamie

Photographer Jen Edney

Photograph by Gizaraarts.com

August 10, 2009

“I am so excited to be at sea for the next month. The best therapy is simply disconnecting from everything and sailing. Photography is my compass that takes me around the world.” ―Jen Edney

Left: Photographer Jen Edney

46-foot Leopart catamaran

Photographer Jen Edney

August 16, 2009

Sailing from Trinidad to Panama

“Tonight when we were doing dishes, Jamie, the other female crewmember onboard, named me ‘Chuck Norris’ because two nights in a row I chucked an item overboard. Note to self: Check the bottom of the cleaning bucket no matter how gross the water is!” ―Jen Edney

Left: 46-foot Leopart catamaran

Beginning of a new day in the southern Pacific Ocean

Photographer Jen Edney

September 5, 2009

Sailing from Panama to Tahiti

“It’s Saturday, and I have the sunrise watch (my favorite!). I had my cup of coffee and Captain Greg gave me a bowl of ‘Fruity Oos,’ which remind me of when I was a kid and was only allowed sugar cereal on Saturdays. I feel like I’m at home.” ―Jen Edney

Left: Beginning of a new day in the southern Pacific Ocean

"When we’re out here, we’re constantly at the mercy of the sea.”

Photographer Jen Edney

September 13, 2009

Sailing from Panama to Tahiti

“Days at sea are so unpredictable. For some, the sun is shining bright, the wind is working in your favor, and seas are comfortable. Others are messy, and there is hectic weather and no sea life around for miles. When we’re out here, we’re constantly at the mercy of the sea.” ―Jen Edney

Greg cleaning and preparing to fillet the fish

Photographer Jen Edney

September 16, 2009

Sailing from Panama to Tahiti

“Surprisingly we are a couple days south of the equator, and I’m wearing pants, a sweatshirt, wind jacket, and a beanie. We caught dorado yesterday, so more meat for the freezer! Fish curry is on the menu tonight.” ―Jen Edney

Left: Greg cleaning and preparing to fillet the fish

Jan and Ricky prepare the crew’s staple sandwich.

Photographer Jen Edney

September 18, 2009

Sailing from Panama to Tahiti

“We’re bypassing a stop, so we have another two weeks at sea before reprovisioning. Hardly any fresh food left besides a few eggs, potatoes, and onions, so we are trying to be creative with the ingredients we have. Today, [crew members] Jan and Ricky made sandwiches with pickles, cucumbers, and gobs of mayo.” ―Jen Edney

Left: Jan and Ricky prepare the crew’s staple sandwich. 

Greg fulfilling laundry duty.

Photographer Jen Edney

September 20, 2009

Sailing from Panama to Tahiti

“Today is laundry day. We wash clothes by scrubbing them in a bucket, dragging them behind the boat to rinse, and then hanging them up to dry before rinsing with fresh water. It’s going to take even longer today because everyone needs to wash bedding, especially Jan, who left his hatch open last night. A huge wave crashed in and soaked everything in his cabin!” ―Jen Edney

Left: Greg fulfilling laundry duty.

"I captured this gorgeous dorado just as it jumped out of the water.”

Photographer Jen Edney

October 10, 2009

Sailing from Tahiti to Fiji

“I was deep in sleep when I was abruptly woken up by Jamie saying, “It’s time! We have fish. Grab your camera!” I tried my best to orient myself and get ready to go shoot. I captured this gorgeous dorado (known as mahi mahi in the States) just as it jumped out of the water.” ―Jen Edney

Greg preps for dinner.

Photographer Jen Edney

October 13, 2009

Levuka, Fiji

“Just pulled out of port in Fiji. I picked up cinnamon and big, juicy apples, so I’m making French toast rolled in oats. Dinner is going to be interesting because the only meat we were able to find was whole chickens and lamb sausage!” ―Jen Edney

Left: Greg preps for dinner.

"I love being at home with family and friends and the comforts of land, but when there, I find myself itching to be back out on the water.”

Photographer Jen Edney

October 25, 2009

Sailing from Fiji to Hamilton

“I now live in two separate worlds―land and sea―and can’t imagine life without both. I love being at home with family and friends and the comforts of land, but when there, I find myself itching to be back out on the water.” ―Jen Edney

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