Main Story Points

  • I decided to fight for my life imidiately after Meg wrote to me I don’t have to see a person I don’t like and that I should listen to my heart. Her own example played a crucial role in my personal liberation.
  • Everything hinged on my getting out of my hometown without getting caught.
  • I thought no further than my arrival in Kiev. The most important thing was getting to Meg.
  • I packed into my little suitcase only what would look like I was going to be gone for a few days. To this day, these belongings is all I have left of my life in Russia.
  • Meg and I headed to sea from Marmaris, Turkey because it provided sailboats for purchase and I, a Russian citizen, could enter Turkey without traveling to a Turkish consulate in Russia to obtain a visa.
  • To purchase the sailboat that would carry us to Canada, Meg mortgaged her home in Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Only two months after fleeing Ukraine and landing in Turkey with nothing but the clothes on our backs, Meg and I took to the open sea with no way to turn back. It was Meg’s first time on open water. I had taken six one-hour sailing lessons in Turkey.
  • Landing was forbidden by all en-route countries.
  • We were entirely unsupported. The ten months we’ve been at sea, nobody knew we were out there.
  • Life threatening situations were a cause for concern; a SOS call would result in my arrest and deportation to Russia. Meg and I would be separated.
  • Meg repaired or jerry-rigged most equipment failures.
  • En-route, we survived an Atlantic hurricane, a storm-force outflow in the Mexican gulf of Tehuantepec, and multiple winter storms in the North Pacific.
  • Altogether, we covered 24,000 kilometers (15,000 miles) via sea.