Dune Acres resident Dave Rearick, skipper of the Class 40 sailboat Bodacious
Dream, departed Newport, R.I., on Wednesday, to fulfill his bodacious dream
of circumnavigating the globe.
Rearick calls his solo journey “the culmination of many years of dreaming.”
“Sailing around the world alone has been a dream of mine since my childhood
days,” Rearick says. “And here I am, 55 years of age, and setting out for
that farthest horizon.”
“For now, its truly a matter of living in the present and setting myself to
the practice of enjoying (and studying) every mile as it passes under the
keel of Bodacious Dream,” he adds. “I intend to be there with every wind
shift and wave change, with every star in the sky and with every ray of sun
bursting from the clouds. This will be a magical journey.”
Rearick’s planned itinerary on the 26,200-mile, 138-day voyage:
* From Newport to the mouth of the Amazon River, off the coast of Brazil.
Distance: 2,700 miles. Length of sail: 14 days. His goal: to explore the
mouth of the world’s largest river.
* From Brazil to the St. Helena Islands, in the middle of the Atlantic
Ocean. Distance: 2,800 miles. Length of sail: 15 days. Goal: to explore this
remote and desolate place.
* From St. Helena to Cape Town, South Africa. Distance: 1,700 miles. Length
of sail: 10 days. Goal: to visit whale habitat and to see this historic
* From Cape Town to the Kerguelen Islands, in the desolate South Indian
Ocean, not far distant from Antarctica. Distance: 2,400 miles. Length of
sail: 12 days. “Often this is referred to as the
circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent, because by any course of travel
Antarctica must be sailed around.”
* From the Kerguelens to Wellington, New Zealand. Distance: 4,100 miles.
Length of sail: 20 days. Goal: to visit many of New Zealand’s
natural sites. Bodacious Dream was launched in Wellington in December 2011.
* From Wellington to Cape Horn and through the Straits of Magellan.
Distance: 4,200 miles. Length of sail: 21 days. “Cape
Horn is the Everest of sailing,” known for its harsh weather and
historically a destroyer of ships.
* From the Straits to the Falkland Islands, just east of the southern tip of
South America. Distance: 400 miles. Length of sail: two days.
* From the Falklands to South Georgia Island. Distance: 800 miles. Length of
sail: four days. South Georgia Island was the destination of Ernest
Shackleton’s monumental open
boat journey from Antarctica, where he and his men had been stranded.
* From South Georgia to Antigua, West Indies. Distance: 5,000 miles. Length
of sail: 30 days.
* From Antigua to Charleston, S.C. Distance: 1,400 miles. Length of sail:
* And then returning to Newport: Distance: 700 miles. Length of sail: four