The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

A 2020 Pandemic Voyage

Cathy Norrie

Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37
February 21st, 2021

Well, 2020 was a huge year for us.  As some BCA members know, Bill was able to escape COVID by starting a solo circumnavigation before the pandemic started. He sailed away from Canada on September 2, 2019, heading for Cape Horn.  Much to his and everyone else’s amazement, they made such good time that it ended up being way too early to round ‘the Horn’.  That’s when we decided that it would make sense for me, Cathy, to fly down and spend a few weeks with him in the tropical paradise of Mangareva, in the Gambiers Archipelago.

On the dock and in Mangareva.

Bill then headed for Cape Horn, which he rounded close to Christmas. He anchored at a small island near the Horn, then sailed to the Falklands.  A storm hit him after leaving the Falklands and his next destination was Capetown for repairs and rest.

Pixie heading for New Zealand across the Tasman Sea.

COVID had still not hit when Bill left Capetown, South Africa; after 3 months of sailing he and Pixie finally arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Drying out in Christchurch.

He made a huge media splash when he landed in New Zealand and was coined as “Safest Man in the World”. With special compensation, he was allowed to land and have repairs, provisioning and refueling completed before he sailed for home.

Hope you enjoy these few photos from this 2020 Pandemic Voyage.


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