David Armitage has been sailing since he was a boy back in New Zealand. He first came to the U.S. with Team New Zealand and won the America’s Cup in 1995. He has designed sails for the Volvo Ocean Race, as well as major fleets like the TP52, Farr 40, and Mumm 30, but his next big challenge will be a little different than all the ones that have come before.
On October 5, David will set sail with his wife Lana, and two young boys, Calan, 9 and Liam, 11, from their home port of Newport, RI, in their Beneteau 47 Nemetona, which means “sacred space.” The plan is to head down to Norfolk, VA, where they will participate in the Salty Dog Rally, before David delivers the boat to the British Virgin Islands, where he’ll meet his family again. Then the four of them will sail together through the Windward and Leeward Islands to Grenada, when they will double back to Newport for an epic nine-month sailing trip. And by the way, his wife isn’t a sailor.