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Inspiring bluewater cruising couple splits

A legally blind California couple that set out for adventure in 2004 with an open-ended circumnavigation to ports around the world has ended the voyage and gone their separate ways.

Scott Duncan and his girlfriend Pam Habek - both of whom were born with congenital eye conditions - left Oct. 11, 2004 from San Francisco and sailed their Valiant 32, Tournesol, more than 10,000 miles to New Zealand. They made landfall Nov. 10, 2005 in Whangarei after visiting 26 ports in six countries. The continued exploring the world and filing occasional reports on their blog.

Soundings reported on the couple in 2006 and again in 2007.

But, according to an e-mail sent by Duncan the day after Christmas, a medical issue with Habek led to her decision to call it quits for cruising.

In Haybeck's words, "At this point in the voyage I decided to reevaluate my goals. The voyage thus far was the highlight of my life, and yet with the delays from my surgeries and the overall length of the voyage to date, I was feeling both a personal strain to resume a life on land and a financial strain."

Click here for Duncan's letter to supporters explaining the situation.