AVILION: A Classic Sailing Voyage around the World is the authentic adventures of a daring couple who set out to change the course of their lives and accomplish their dreams in the 1970s and 1980s.Florence and Ray Sliney, never having sailed before, took their thirty-two foot sloop, the AVILION, on a quest to circumnavigate the planet. Using only a sextant and a chronometer to find their position from the sun and stars, they travelled thousands of miles across the great untamed oceans of the world, navigating the hazards of their shores and reefs.
AVILION: A Classic Sailing Voyage around the World is a portrait of Florence and Ray’s exceptional, loving partnership and the uncompromising commitment they had to EACH other. As their small ocean-going yacht delivered them across the seas, they would experience cultures and people in the farthest corners of the globe and the last outposts of civilization. With each encounter, they marvelled at the kindness of strangers and the camaraderie of the sailing community.
The yacht AVILION revealed to these novices-turned-seasoned seamen the fierce beauty and grandeur of the oceans, but most of all, the warmth and friendliness of the people they met. Join them in reliving this wondrous tale of the unique characters, personal awakenings, and high-sea’s adventure!