Blind sailors resume voyage

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After an 18-month break from their circumnavigation, blind sailors Pamela Habek and Scott Duncan are once again underway. Their voyage began in San Francisco on Oct. 11, 2004. On Nov. 10, 2005, after having sailed 9,000 miles the couple reached a milestone: the first blind people to cross the Pacific Ocean.
Their 39-foot center cockpit cruising cutter, Starship (Pearson 390, built 1972) underwent a complete refit in New Zealand, while the couple took a break from voyaging to return to the U.S.

On May 10, 2007, Starship was bound for Sydney, Australia, as Habek and Duncan pursued their dream of being the first legally blind people to independently circumnavigate the globe in a sailboat.

Upon reaching Sydney the couple visited various agencies for the blind to share their story and then set out for Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Singapore and eventually Thailand.
During the voyage Habek and Duncan plan to utilize products manufactured by one of their new sponsors, Humanware, a New Zealand-based company that manufactures and distributes products geared to aid the visually impaired.
For photos and updates on this remarkable couple’s voyage visit their Web site at
By Ocean Navigator