Preparing for the Big Trip

Picture of our sailing catamaran TahinaThose of you who are regular readers of GEB are probably familiar that last year I announced a plan to depart on a 5-year sailing circumnavigation. I’ve spun the Google Earth globe many times, but never managed to go around the real Earth myself. For most of my life, I’ve held the dream of circumnavigating by sailboat. Google Earth has definitely helped already in planning our destinations, but my plan is to help share our experience with GE in many unique ways. Google has even partnered with our expedition, which we call the Tahina Expedition. You’ll not only be able to use GE to follow our path, see our route, and check our position, but you will also be able see our geotagged photos and videos. Some of the photos and video will be unique perspectives such as aerial photos taken with a kite, and underwater video taken with a remote operated vehicle (ROV) from VideoRay.
We are in the midst of final preparations for our planned departure after hurricane season (hopefully around the end of October or early November). We’re hoping our house will sell before we leave – and that has kept us extremely busy.
There may be days when I miss making blog posts in the next few weeks. Once we leave, I won’t be able to post every day. However, I’m in the process of arranging for someone to keep GEB posts coming. If you’re interested in keeping track of our preparations and our trip, make sure to bookmark/save the RSS feed for the Tahina Expedition Blog. Also, expect a few progress reports leading to Tahina’s departure, as well as more partnership announcements.

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.


  1. I hope you will enjoy your trip around the world. Would do this trip too but in the next years I had to do other things 🙁
    Good luck!

  2. What a great plan! Sounds like 5 years of fun. I wish you all the best and I am looking forward to seeing the pics you promised!

  3. Looking forward to your blogs. Watch out for the rogue waves below Africa if you opt that route over the pirate infested Suez route. What a choice pirates or rogue waves!

  4. Frank-
    That’s great. Safe travels.
    This might be of some use to you:

  5. Antonio Carlos says:

    I hope you have a great journey.
    And we continue to see more and more new exciting blog of Tahina Expediction and this, too.

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