Moyas website is partly available in english for our none german speaking friends. Many translations are still missing and a blue box presents the original german content instead. We have heard Google translator is doing a great job.
Hi! We, Christian, Sabrina and our two 2 and 4 year old (at start of our voyage) boys Joshua and Jonathan are the crew of our 39 feet steel slup Moya. We are exploring remote places, beautiful nature and different cultures while traveling our blue planet.
Back in 2015, we started our family cruise with a baby and a toddler along the European Coast and learned to love sailing with little ones. After leaving Moya for two years in Portugal, we picked her up September 2017 and resumed our travels.
First, we turned the bow towards Africa, where we explored the Atlantic coast of oriental Morocco. We climbed the wonderful hiking trails of the Canary Islands and enjoyed a second glimpse of Africa in Cape Verde before we crossed the Atlantic. After our landfall in Martinique, we sailed the islands of the Windward Antilles and felt the Caribbean vibe. In Venezuela and Colombia we discovered the great South American way of life and lost ourselves among white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters in the San Blas Islands in Panama. Early April 2018 we transited the Panama Canal and started on our longest passage at sea. After 36 days on the Pacific ocean, we gladly arrived in French Polynesia, where we started exploring the breathtaking nature and amazing culture of the Marquees Islands. We swam with sharks and manta rays in the Tuamotus and society islands and enjoyed the heart warming hospitality of the people in Cook, Samoa and Tonga. Then we explored Melanesia, where we learned to survive by traditional trading with goods, before entering the Indian Ocean. The asian countries Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka have been cultural highlights, in each of which we would have loved to spend more time. But for Joshua school was starting in summer 2019, thus we needed to sail back home.
We took the time for a thorough analysis of the safety situation at the Horn of Africa and visited the Maldives, before entering the so called pirate alley between Somalia and Yemen. An international military coalition is closely monitoring a transit corridor securing safe passage mainly for commercial ships. We too, took that route and safely arrived in the Red Sea, where we have been battling against the winds and had a great time exploring the African countries along the way. In May 2019 we transited the Suez Canal before spending the summer in the Med. Now, we are back home getting used to life ashore.