Picture of our sailing catamaran TahinaThose of you following this blog closely know that for months now my wife and I have been preparing for a five year trip around the world by sailboat. This life-long dream has turned into something even bigger ever since I started blogging about Google Earth. For almost four years now I have been flying around Google Earth visiting the places we hope to go on this trip. It has truly been an inspiration! Last year, I told Google about my plans, and Google agreed to partner with us, to share some of the unique content we’re planning to acquire for Google Earth. You’ll see GPS tracks, photos, gigapixel panoramas, HD video, underwater video, and even aerial photography coming from our trip all available in Google Earth.
We bought a sailing catamaran in August of 2008, which will be our home and main means of transportation around the world for the next five years. We named our boat “Tahina” which means “blessed” or “protected” in Malagasy (the language of Madagascar), and is also the name of a new species of coconut tree (which is why we named our dinghy “Coconut”). The boat will have some interesting gadgets including satellite communications, computers, electronic navigation, cutting edge camera equipment, and some underwater tools which will all be described as they are installed in the coming months.
Today, we are making public The Tahina Expedition web site and blog at There are already 35 blog posts covering several trips and interesting preparations since we bought the boat last August, there’s a photo gallery, and lots of background information about the expedition and the boat. Make sure to check out the site, and subscribe to our RSS feed. Join us on an exciting five year adventure! In addition to Google, we will be announcing a handful of other partners in the coming months as we prepare for our official departure at the end of hurricane season this fall – 2009. You can be sure the site will make increasing use of Google Earth, the GE plugin, Google Maps, and other online tools as we explore the world.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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