A family braves the elements together

Jon and Megan Schwartz, along with their sons, Ronan, 16, and Daxton, 14, have been cruising full time aboard their Boreal 47, Zephyros, an aluminum expedition monohull, since 2017. Since picking up the boat at the factory in northern France, they have sailed 40,000 NM together. Driven by a desire to explore the world and experience its disappearing wilds, they have often pursued places less traveled. They started in northern France, the UK, Atlantic Spain and Portugal before heading into the Mediterranean for a season.

The Paxtons then crossed the Atlantic Ocean from late 2018 to early 2019. They were awarded the 2022 Barton Cup—the Ocean Cruising Club’s most prestigious award—for their project of completing a largely offshore circumnavigation of South America, during which they transited the Panama Canal; sailed to the Galápagos and Easter islands; extensively explored Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego; made two extended voyages to the Antarctic peninsula; visited the Falkland Islands, St. Helena and Ascension; and then returned to the Caribbean. They are currently meandering around Ireland and Scotland and planning for a summer season deeper into the northern high latitudes. They post passage updates to their blog, www.svzephyros.com; Facebook, sailingzephyros; and Instagram, sailing.zephyros. READ MORE >>

By Bill Morris