North West Wales

Chris and Fiona Jones return home after sailing world for 14 years

Chris and Fiona Jones Image copyright Chris and Fiona Jones

A couple who have spent more than a decade sailing across the world have returned to their home in Gwynedd.

Chris and Fiona Jones, of Y Felinheli on the Menai Strait, near Bangor, have spent the last 14 years sailing their 43ft (13m) boat Threeships.

Their 90,000 nautical mile journey has taken them to more than 40 countries since setting off in 2002.

A cannon salute from the Royal Welsh Yacht Club, Caernarfon, on Saturday marked their return to home waters.

The couple, who are ambassadors for the Ocean Cruising Club and taught sailing for two years prior to their trip, have kept a blog of their travels over the years.

Mrs Jones told BBC Radio Wales they did not expect to go away for so long.

"When we first set off we didn't really have any plans to circumnavigate. We thought we would just go sailing and see what we could see," she said.

"It's pretty difficult to choose a favourite spot. We loved a lot of places and loved meeting all different people.

"I suppose New Zealand was a highlight and so were some of the Pacific islands."

Image copyright Chris and Fiona Jones
Image caption The pair have spent the last 14 years sailing their boat all over the world

Route sailed since June 2002:

Image caption The route they sailed, travelling west around the world
  • Y Felinheli
  • Falmouth
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Gibraltar
  • Balearics
  • Sardinia
  • Porto Santo Madeira
  • Canary Islands
  • Cape Verde
  • St Lucia
  • Martinique
  • Bequia
  • Union Island
  • Carriacou
  • Tobago Cays
  • Grenada
  • Trinidad
  • Nevis and St Kitts
  • St Barts
  • Antigua
  • St Vincent
  • Guadeloupe
  • Isle De Saintes
  • Dominica
  • St Maarten
  • British Virgin Islands
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Venezuela
  • Dutch Antilles
  • San Blas Islands
  • Panama
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Marquesas
  • Tahiti
  • Society Islands
  • Tuamotus
  • Tonga
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand
  • Vanuatu
  • New Caledonia
  • Loyalty Islands
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Borneo
  • Brunei
  • Thailand
  • Krakatoa
  • Cocos Keeling
  • La Rodriguez
  • Mauritius
  • La Reunion
  • South Africa
  • St Helena
  • Ascension Island
  • St Peter and St Paul Archipelago
  • Grenada
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Azores
  • Y Felinheli - July 2016

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