Owner's story: What it's like to travel the world on a superyacht

20 July 2021

Many superyacht owners dream of travelling their world on board their boat, but what is a circumnavigation actually like? The owners of superyachts Adele and Latitude share the details of their extraordinary sailing adventures...

Jan-Eric Osterlund is the former owner of the 54 metre ketch Adele, which he had custom built at Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands. For two years from 2005, he sailed from Svalbard in the frozen north to Antartica in the Southern Ocean, and also visited the Galapagos, Caribbean and sailed extensively in the South Pacific. 

Anil Thadani, meanwhile, is the current owner of 45 metre motor yacht Latitude. Since buying the yacht, he has transited the North-West Passage twice, circumnavigated Svalbard and explored Indonesia extensively.

Speaking to BOAT international as part of our Owners Series, Osterlund and Thadani presented their trips with the help of some stunning photography, after which they took questions about some of the challenges encountered along the way.

Osterlund spoke about what it was like to sail in a hurricane for a week, and Thadani recounted the time he was stalked by a polar bear during one of his North-West Passage transits.

The pair also took questions on what it was like to manage crew during such long trips, the difficulty of provisioning in remote locations and what advice they would offer any yacht owners following in their footsteps. It is essential viewing for any owner thinking about tackling a big bluewater passage.