About Alan Butler


Alan was born on March 24, 1933, in Yorkshire, England. In 1946, the family moved to London, where he attended the London Nautical & Technical Grammar School. In December 1949, he joined the British Merchant Navy as an apprentice deck officer for the company Turnbull Scott.  Upon the completion of his apprenticeship, he attended King Edward VII Nautical College in London, where he wrote the Second Mate's Foreign Going Certificate. Unfortunately, he would fail, being more interested in girls and ballroom dancing at the tender age of twenty.  For the next year and a half, he served as Third Mate before immigrating to Canada in 1955. His five and a half years in the Merchant Navy took him to five continents, and many countries. Once in Canada, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, and eventually met and married his first wife Stella in 1957. Their son Jim was born in 1958, and their daughter Kendal (deceased) in 1960. During his 25 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force, his transfers included: Ottawa, Ontario; Cold Lake, Alberta; Sardinia, Italy; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Comox, British Columbia; and Germany, where his circumnavigation story would begin.  After the completion of his circumnavigation in 1986, he met Mildred. Mildred and Alan fell in love, and married in 1989. Mildred has three daughters, Terri, Sherri (deceased) and Tammi. Alan and Mildred lived on peaceful Pender Island, British Columbia, and cruised the Canadian and American waters together for 17 years before settling down and moving to Duncan, BC, in 2006. With their sailing days behind them, Alan and Mildred quenched their thirst for adventure and travel by vacationing in Mexico each winter. Their favourite pastimes now include five-pin bowling in the winter months, and lawn bowling in the summertime.


A Brief History of the Yacht Amon-Re


In 1989, Amon-Re was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records (Marine Circumnavigation Records) as: 

"The First Solo Catamaran Circumnavigation and also the Smallest Catamaran to Circumnavigate the World"


Amon-Re British Registered: #379229

Length: 26 ft 2 in

Beam: 13 ft 9 in

Draught: 2 ft 3 in


Built by Aquarius Marine, Porthleven, Cornwall, England Launched May 1979.


Amon-Re Timeline


1979 - 1980: Cruised the European waterways, navigating seven rivers (the Seine, Marne, Mosel, Rhine, Doubs, Saône, Rhône), three hundred and thirty-four locks, five tunnels, several aqueducts, and an incline plane. Total Distance: 1790 km


1980 - Cruised the Western Mediterranean, the South of France, the Balearic Isles, the South coast of Spain to Gibraltar

1980 - Solo Atlantic crossing to Barbados, via Canary Islands


1981 - Cruised the West Indies and The Grenadines


1981 - Solo Voyage: Barbados to Victoria, British Columbia, via Panama


1981 - 1984 - Local Cruising in the Gulf Isles of British Columbia

1984 - 1986 - Solo Circumnavigation, via Western Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Mauritius, South Africa, Barbados, and Panama

1986 - 1994 - Local cruising in the Gulf Isles and American San Juans. 

1989 Guinness Book page 166:

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