Soanya Ahmad had spent just a few hours at a time on a boat before she set sail with her boyfriend Reid Stowe for 1000 days at sea. Her friends and family thought she was crazy, but Soanya says she was never nervous. After months of preparation, the two left New York Harbor on April 23, 2007. Soanya described their departure on her blog.
There were many stars in the sky touched with a crescent moon. Reid had the first watch from about 7pm to 11pm and I woke up and watched from about 11pm to 2 am after which Reid catnapped and I slept a little more soundly. When we woke up about 6:30am, we saw the sun rise on a glassy ocean and no land in sight. Right now, we are about forty miles offshore and the water is turning turquoise. I haven't gotten seasick yet and am enjoying the ethereal beauty around me.
Soanya and Reid had planned to spend 1000 consecutive days at sea without touching shore. But by December, debilitating seasickness began to overtake Soanya, leaving her unable to complete even the smallest tasks. After 305 days at sea, Soanya left the boat and Reid behind. A special transfer was arranged with the Royal Perth Yacht Club and Soanya set foot on land for the first time in nearly a year in Fremantle, Australia.
Today she is back home in New York and she stopped by our studios to tell us about her trip.