USA, West Coast: Circumnavigators almost lose everything just a handful of miles from home

Homing in on Washington state with just 150 miles remaining of their 6-year circumnavigation, Joy and Jim Carey encountered a wave unlike any other in the dead of night.

Published 5 years ago, updated 4 years ago

When Jim and Joy Carey set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Florida in 2002,

Kelaerin, the Carey’s Omega 45

they had no intention of voyaging around the planet. The Careys had sailed their Taiwan-built Omega 45, Kelaerin, from their home in Washington state to the Sunshine State a decade earlier, and had been back and forth to the Pacific Northwest in the intervening years as Jim wrapped up his career as a professional mariner. Following his retirement, the couple planned on taking a year to complete an Atlantic circle, but something unexpected happened once they reached Gibraltar. They kept on going. And going.

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