A Family at Sea: Catching Up With the Horangics

Rainbow in Grenada

ASC touched base with the Horangic family this winter, interviewing Teddy, age 14, Helen, 12, and Basil, 8, after their family’s 15-day Atlantic crossing from Gran Canaria, Spain to St. Lucia. While Teddy and Helen both race small sailboats at home in California, none of them had ever done anything like this. During their passage, they collected two samples for ASC’s Microplastics Project.

Story by Emily Wolfe

A rainbow captured in the Grenada sky. (Photo courtesy of the Horangics)

Here are a few highlights from our chat with Teddy and her siblings:

We are living on the boat for a year, and spent the last six months sailing around the Mediterranean, hopping from island to island in the Aegean Sea. From there we sailed to Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, and finally Grand Canaria, where we spent a week preparing for our Atlantic crossing.

Sailing the big boat has been quite a change. On a dinghy, every movement counts—where you sit is important down to the centimeter, and how you move your body through the waves is essential. Tiny adjustments in sail trim are vital to winning a race. With sailing a yacht, the small details don’t matter as much. In some ways, we don’t —> Read More Here


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