about the hillratts

Stoffel and Saartjie Hillratt got married in September 2009 and started dreaming of things they could do: together they felt they could tackle the world! Actually, then they just decided to tackle the Pacific…

In 2011 they plan to sail accross the Pacific from Mexico to Australia. They want to stop off at, inter alia, Cocos Islands, Galapagos, Marquesas, Pitcairn, French Polynesia, Fiji,Tonga,Samoa (hopefully during Rugby World Cup 2011), Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. They are ridiculously excited!

Thereafter? Perhaps they will continue upwards to Borneo, China, Russia (but probably not on a boat). Perhaps then they will fly over to Alaska and drive all the way down to Chile. But that’s 2012…

Currently Stoffel and Saartjie live in Cape Town, South Africa where they are extremely happy (most of the time). Saartjie is a lawyer, Stoffel does internet-stuff and they have a fabulous staffordshire bullterrier dog called Cowboy… who they will miss with every inch of their beings.

Justincase there’s any confusion: Saartjie does most of the writing. Stoffel takes most of the photos.


14 Responses to “about the hillratts”

  1. maryrichardson 14 September 2010 at 10:13 am #

    Very exciting adventure! Too bad cowboy can’t go along… or can he?

    Looking forward to reading more.

    • stofnsara 15 September 2010 at 9:01 am #

      Nope… Besides the major administrative issues with getting him to Mexico and training him to live (erm, mainly pissnpoo) on a boat while doing an ocean crossing, those Australians are so darned sticky about animals that he’d have to stay on the boat… forever! So he’s going to stay with his grandparents (my folks), from where we hope we can persuade him to return to our new home when we get back to CT…

  2. Moonbeam McQueen 13 October 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    What a fantastic adventure you’re embarking on! Can’t wait to read all about it…

  3. Sue in the City 18 October 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Sounds so fabulous! SO, SO, so very fabulous. Stof, take lotsa pictures and Saartjie, write lots. We’ll be following you every step of the way.


    • stofnsara 18 October 2010 at 12:49 pm #

      Yes, Stof! “Take lotsa pictures!”

  4. bigBANG studio 26 October 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    So lovely to make your acquaintance! Bubo bubo WOULD be a marvelous name for a boat…perhaps inspiration for your future oceanic travels? Cheers from northern India!

    • stofnsara 26 October 2010 at 12:41 pm #

      Tis even more lovely to have you here!

  5. Lisa 28 October 2010 at 4:14 am #

    Wow. Fascinating.

  6. ali la loca 2 November 2010 at 7:03 am #

    so utterly cool!

  7. fotini babaletakis 11 November 2010 at 8:26 am #

    live the dream, good for you two. keep us updated on route, who knows where and when paths cross. x x

    • stofnsara 11 November 2010 at 9:31 am #

      Let’s hope our paths cross a lot!

  8. noteableideas 13 January 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    what an awesome blog saatchi. super awesome. nice one. CLT

  9. steenkamp 21 January 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    It was lovely to meet you two before your adventure and I will being following your journey with the kids. Just so you know, Stefan is considering sailing lessons…..hmmm wonder where that will lead us???

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