Changing Course – An Inspiring Voyage to Lisbon

Changing Course is a wonderful project which has captured my attention recently. Greg Frucci, known as “Frooch” to his friends is soon to set sail on a single-handed voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from his home in Wilmington North Carolina to Lisbon, Portugal.

Portugal of course is known for The Discoveries: the monument at Belém stands testament to that. Bound within the history of the voyages is the economic, cultural, psychological and spiritual impact. These daring journeys of exploration opened up a new world view as well as new trading routes and experiences.

After visiting Lisbon on business, Frucci fell in love with the culture, architecture and the language. As ever, Lisboa worked her mystical magic and wove herself deep into Greg’s heart and soul.

The journey is both physical and spiritual. For Greg it is a chance to reflect upon his life. He says “The voyage is more about a series of life events over 50 years which synchronously leads to this event.”

The entire trip will be filmed by standalone high definition cameras onboard. From this footage will be produced ‘Changing Course’ “an inspiring film about a 50 year old man’s quest for peace within himself and the world he lives in.”

Greg’s challenge is to sail 3280 nautical miles. The voyage will be split into three legs from Wilmington to Bermuda then Bermuda to the Azores. He will rest for around a week in the Azores (although ‘rest’ includes possibly climbing a volcano!). From the Azores he will then make for his final destination landing in Cascais. The entire journey is likely to take around 30 – 40 days – no mean feat considering during this time he will sleep only in strict one hour intervals as checking he remains on course is paramount. Home for the duration will be a 30 foot sailboat named “Cuddy”.

His blog not only explores his preparations for the journey ahead but also includes philosophical points to ponder. In one post where he talks about truth and falsness he says: –

“While in Lisbon, Portugal, a feeling of calm surrounded my soul supported by what is real.”

And this is what I experienced in Lisbon: a sense of calm, a feeling that everything seemed more ‘real’ than it had ever done before. I ache to go back, to stowaway on Greg’s ship and let the waves carry me home.

Frucci aims to set sail on May 17th (weather permitting) and plans to stream live on a daily basis so that we can join in on his journey. He should land in Portugal sometimes around late June/early July.

Boa Viagem Greg!

5 comments for “Changing Course – An Inspiring Voyage to Lisbon

  1. Heather
    May 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    This sounds fascinating. This description: “While in Lisbon, Portugal, a feeling of calm surrounded my soul supported by what is real.” Just took my breath away.

    I have been blessed to feel that a few times throughout my life, and haven’t been able to fully convey what I was feeling in words until now. But that description nailed it on the head. This is a film that I will definitely be watching and recommending to others.

  2. April 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Nice article. i like ur blog.

  3. July 31, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I am currently arranging my next trip and have decided to begin in Portugal as have never been. Your blog has confirmed that this is the right decision…quite excited now!

  4. Rachna
    August 28, 2012 at 11:18 am


    Really great post!

    I had a chance to visit through a travel blog while I was doing some research for travel opportunities in Portugal. I must say you have done a commendable job.

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  5. roland durnford
    November 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    what a wonderful site you have

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