We are a group of four friends who are planning an extended, multi-year cruise aboard our Hylas 54.
Q: What is the cruise route you are planning?
A: We don’t think it’s particularly constructive to try to plan and then execute a specific route for the cruise. Instead, we think in terms of places we plan to see and leave open how long we plan to be there. We’d like to do the Caribbean (of course), then cross the ocean and visit the Med and the UK. At that stage we could cross back west, go through the Panama canal, and then cross the southern Pacific with an eye toward making to Australia and New Zealand.
Q: Why are so many of the earlier posts in this blog aboard a Sabre 42?
A: Because our background was primarily racing before we planned this trip, we decided to buy a “test” or “proof of concept” boat and sail it together for a few years before investing almost 5 times the price on the “real” boat. That process allowed us to learn about living aboard, maintaining more complex systems, etc on a less expensive boat that could be more easily sold than the big Hylas. The process worked extremely well; we learned mountains over the four seasons we owned the Sabre.
Q: What does the Sabre’s name, Le Saberage, mean? Is there any significance to shortening it to ‘Seb’?
A: Le Saberage is a technique for opening a bottle of champagne by cutting the top off with a sabre or sword. We thought it was a fun play on ‘Sabre’ and invoked a spirit of celebration. ‘Seb’ as the short name will be familiar to any fan of Formula 1 car racing. It’s the short name for ‘Sebastian’ and is used by competitors in referring to multiple world champion driver Sebastian Vettel. We are Formula 1 fans and dream about one day attending the Grand Prix of Monaco after a cross-Atlantic crossing on our own boat.