Follow the journey of Elixir
In winter 2020, a crew of friends ambitiously set sail across the Bay of Biscay in the middle of winter. Sandstorms, volcanoes, a pandemic and some Venuzelan pirates haven’t stopped them yet, and the voyage of Elixir continues.
The goal is to sail around the world, and share the experience of offshore sailing and travelling on a boat with as many people as possible.
Our journey began with a year in the boatyard. With the help of our amazing friends, and after countless hours of toil and graft — gathering paint stains and never quite evading the inescapable itch of fibreglass — Elixir emerged from the dust like a phoenix from the ashes.
We are barely recognisable, sheltering in our wet weather gear. My attention is gripped by a doomed mission to extract a piece of blue fluff from a small knotted section
An S&S Swan 37
Elixir is a 1970 Sparkman & Stephens designed Swan 37. Born from a high pedigree of ocean cruisers, her sweeping tumble home highlights the era of yacht design. Originally, she was used as a racing yacht, until 1995, when she was purchased by Ian Chaston who cruised her extensively. He published a book on his travels in Elixir, titled ‘Rounding the horn‘, in which he describes his eventful solo rounding of Cape Horn. Ian continued to sail Elixir single-handed across the Atlantic into his 80’s, until sadly, in 2014, he passed away.
Find out more about the crew behind Elixir and their stories.