P.E.I. man sailing around the world back on track for the Azores

After encountering some stormy seas, Alan Mulholland is back on track for the Azores in his two-year solo sail around the world.

Alan Mulholland and 26-foot Wave Rover push on through stormy seas

Alan Mulholland sailed out from Summerside at the end of July. (Travis Kingdon/CBC)

Alan Mulholland and his 26-foot sailboat called Wave Rover sailed out of Summerside about two weeks ago on the first leg of an around-the-world solo sailing trip.

While his wife, Glenda, helped him prepare for the trip by canning food, painting and sewing sails, she decided to stay at home on P.E.I.

But she is watching his every move and updating Islanders on his trip.

Now, Alan is headed for the Azores, mid-Atlantic islands that form an autonomous region of Portugal. It's a trip he expected to take three weeks.

Glenda said her husband is about a third of the way through that portion of the trip, but on Friday a live map of Alan's trip showed he was doing a circle.

"There is a little bit of a storm going on there," she said. "A couple days ago there was a 40-foot catamaran that capsized in a storm."

Safe and sound

She said Alan told her he was safe and he made it through the storm, but he wasn't able to make progress.

"I'm thankful he can communicate with me like that. It would be worse to not have any messages at all."

The online map showed Alan and his boat back on track for the Azores on Saturday afternoon and he was about halfway to his destination.

From the Azores, Wave Rover will travel to the Canary Islands, then the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal to the Pacific.

"I think he is on track," Glenda said.

Lifelong dream

She said her husband is the type of person who always needs to have a project and the trip is good for him.

"It has been his lifelong dream to do this, so I was happy for him that he was doing it," she said.

She said her husband has a lot of experience and sailed the Pacific Ocean when he was younger.

Glenda Mulholland says she decided to stay at home because the trip round world on Wave Rover is not a 'pleasure cruise.' (Shane Hennessey/CBC)

Glenda said she decided not to go because Wave Rover is "rugged little boat."

"I like luxuries like hot and cold running water and he doesn't have that," she said.

Glenda admitted to being a "little bit nervous," but overall she is confident in her husband's skills. She said she plans to fly out and meet her husband at one of the stops on his expected two-year journey.

More P.E.I. news

With files with Laura Chapin


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.