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Plot Your Escape With Sea Gypsies Scott & Mary at TrawlerFest-Baltimore

Your goal doesn't have to be ocean-crossing to appreciate the Flanders' advice on how to free yourself from the bonds of work and civilization and lead the cruising lifestyle. Their presentation is guaranteed to inspire you to make your escape.

For Scott and Mary Flanders, TrawlerFest-Stuart marked an epiphany a decade ago. It not only led this adventurous couple to Nordhavn but prompted them to begin the process of early retirement and their eventual escape.

 Click here to read the Flanders' account of their recent voyage to Iceland.

Click here to read the Flanders' account of their recent voyage to Iceland.

Now they are speaking at TrawlerFest-Baltimore in September to share the lessons they’ve learned and inspire the next generation. The Flanders will speak 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Harborview Marine Center in Baltimore.

Their talk will be followed by a free Town Hall Meeting With Bruce and Joan Kessler, noted circumnavigators aboard Spirit of Zopilote. READ MORE

After delivery of Nordhavn 46 Egret in August, 2001, the Flanders spent 2½ years coastal cruising the east coast of North America, crossed the Atlantic and spent 2½ years in the Mediterranean. Departing the Mediterranean to the Canary Islands, Egret embarked on a 4½ year circumnavigation passing below the five Great Southern Ocean Capes beginning with Cape Horn, the first five-cape circumnavigation ever for a small powerboat.

Since returning to the Canary Islands, Egret returned to the Mediterranean then re-crossed the Atlantic to North America and more recently Egret wintered in Isafjordur, Iceland and returned this year via Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and currently en route to Baltimore.

The Flanders have been full time liveaboards for these past years with no land base. The past eight year’s travels are chronicled in their popular international cruising blog found on the - Voyage of Egret site. The text and photographs are written to be inspirational and informative with excellent technical training tips. Egret, which is now for sale, will be docked at the marina and available for inspection.