Family of nine returns from year-long South Pacific sailing adventure

If you live in or neaSchafer Family Sailorsr Victoria, you are welcome to join us for an evening where we will be sharing experiences from our year long sailing trip and how these experiences affected our family of nine.
The Victoria area presentation will be on January 31st at 7pm at the Latter-day Saints church, 2210 Eastleigh Way in Sidney, BC, Canada (airport side of the highway). Admission is free.
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On another note, if you have media contacts worldwide or know anyone at news stations (TV, Radio, Newspaper, Online, etc.), feel free to send them a copy of the following news release. We have had incredible family experiences we would love to share, let us know if you would like to host an event.

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Victoria Family of nine returns from year-long South Pacific sailing adventure

Victoria, BC – January 17, 2014

Travel agency owners Normand and Kirsten Schafer aren’t your typical adventurous family. The owners of Far and Away Adventures not only have traveled the world together, but they have taken their seven children and recently completed a year long 12,000 km South Pacific sailing adventure. With little sailing experience, the family, including children ages 1 to 18, set out at the beginning of 2013 with a newly purchased catamaran and a sense of adventure.

The Schafer parents had planned for years to take their family on a memorable adventure before the oldest of their children headed off to university and onto other pursuits, but it wasn’t until a series of incredible events that their dream started to materialize. With time running short they threw caution to the wind, bought their boat and spent a few months learning the skills they would need to take them from California to Australia on their 45′ catamaran “Far & Away”.

I still remember our first overnight sailing trip along the California coast last March” reminisced Kirsten “the rough seas had us surfing waves down the coast but we had an experienced captain who gave us the confidence we needed during a continuous three day training sail.” These three days of the journey was the first and only time they had formal open-water training with a professional sailor.

Their voyage took them to remote survivor style South Pacific Islands including the Marquesas, Tahiti, Palmerston (Cook Islands), Niue, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu. Along the way they had life changing experiences as they learned to cope on a small boat for 24 days without seeing land, battled stormy seas, rescued a child that went overboard, made new island friendships, peered into the jaws of a live volcano, sang traditional Tahitian songs with islanders and grew as a family.

Our experience was more than a sailing dream come true.” commented Normand, “It was a journey that taught us about ourselves and brought us closer together. We have had life-changing experiences together that we will never forget.”

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Normand Schafer

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I’ll send this to some of my sailing buddies in the area. You may also want to notify the Sidney and Victoria yacht clubs and sailing schools — either to attend or have you give more presentations there.

  2. Great venture! Anyone who has at least once sailed, have desire to do what you have done. Truly amazing journey and I have enjoyed reading each line. But what you get as a family is priceless and most important of all. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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