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Sailing in my Sarong : Around the World - a 30 year dream. 386 pages, 72 colour

Who: Linda and Bill Anderson. To purchase our book 'Sailing in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us: valiam1@hotmail.com)
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

Current Position - click on positions for log entr

Linda's book "Sailing in my Sarong" A$39.95 + A$10 postage in Australia. (other countries please email Linda : valiam1@hotmail.com)
19 July 2016 | Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
18 July 2016 | Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
18 July 2016 | Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
22 May 2016 | Gold Coast QLD, Australia
15 May 2016
27 April 2016
26 April 2016
30 March 2016 | Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
29 February 2016 | Port Stephens, NSW, Australia
23 February 2016 | Mooloolaba, Qld, Australia
14 February 2016 | The Channon, NSW, AUSTRALIA
19 January 2016
21 December 2015

Catamaran holiday in the Whitsundays

19 July 2016 | Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
Friends asked us to join them on a 60th birthday cruise through the Whitsundays recently on a charter cat. As the only experience we've had on sailing catamarans have been on little dinghies, we enjoyed the change. With 9 of us on board a Perry 43 with 4 double cabins and 3 heads, it was fairly spacious.

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht chartered Nemo to our friend and with plenty of tucker and booze on board we enjoyed a week long party on the water. At first the weather was kind with light winds and sunny skies. First stop was Whitehaven beach from Shute Harbour. The water was still bright turquoise and the sand blindingly white. There were many yachts anchored, the majority catamarans. Last time we were there was November 2007 on Valiam and we had the anchorage to ourselves.

Nemo hopped around the eastern coast of Whitsunday island up to Border Island then Butterfly Bay on the top of Hook island then down to Cid Harbour by the 5th day. We enjoyed snorkelling, bushwalking, beach combing and whale watching. A dugong delighted us in Tongue bay. As a strong southerly 25-30 knots with rain was predicted, Cid Harbour provided the perfect sheltered anchorage. Here Bill and I caught up with Karen and Rob on Dream time as well as Helene and Graham on Roobinesque. Karen and Helene are also members of Women Who Sail Australia Facebook group where we regularly chat on line and occasionally meet in harbours for sundowners. The group that met this day on Sawmill beach was large with a trail of dinghies on the shore. Bill and some of the Nemo crew climbed Whitsunday peak and still managed to photograph a great view despite the clouds.

Most people know I suffer from seasickness so I was interested to see how I would go on a catamaran. Flat seas were fine. However on 2 occasions we had to motor sail or motor into strong southerly winds. On the first occasion I took a precautionary sturgeron and was ok. After sailing a mono for decades the motion of this cat felt unfamiliar. Into the wind and there was some current it seemed to have 2 movements. Side to side as well as forward and back. Another crew member also felt unwell but sturgeron and staying out in the fresh air did the trick. The second time I didn't take anything and it was rather rough. Staring fixedly at the following sea and fresh air I kept the nausea under control. Lucky it was only a short trip. I guess I'm one of those unlucky ones who gets sick on any boat including catamarans, even if it doesn't heel like a mono.

Nemo is a beautiful boat and Whitsunday Rent a Yacht looked after us well. There was lots of fun on board with theme nights such as 'formal' and 'glamourous' with our own interpretations and imagination with what we had on board. The birthday boy was also treated to a surprise pirate song complete with stripey clad crew members followed by the girls belly dancing in sarongs and flower garlands. All good fun. Thanks guys for an awesome week.

Women Who Sail Australia gathering Cid Harbour

18 July 2016 | Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
Meeting up with Karen Oberg and others for sundowners on Sawmill Beach

Pirate Fun

18 July 2016 | Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
Dressing up for one of the theme nights on board Nemo
Vessel Name: Valiam
Vessel Make/Model: Valiam: Lidgard 45 (Single chine plywood) designed by Gary Lidgard. Built by Bill Anderson and Steve Thornalley. Lati: 31ft 1967 Kim Holman built in Barcelona. Original name Latigazo
Hailing Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Crew: Linda and Bill Anderson. To purchase our book 'Sailing in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us: valiam1@hotmail.com)
About:
We fulfilled a 30 year dream to sail the world. After rearing our family and leaving our full time jobs we finally began our world circumnavigation on Valiam. We built her in a paddock in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in 1994 with the help of friend Steve. [...]
Extra:
CIRCUMNAVIGATION ON VALIAM: We left Mooloolaba on the 7th November 2007, sailed to Townsville, leaving Australian waters on 26th November 2007 for PNG, Palau, Philippines, Borneo, Malaysia,Singapore, Cocos Keeling islands. We crossed the Indian Ocean to Rodrigues, Mauritius,Reunion and South [...]
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Sailing in my Sarong : Around the World - a 30 year dream. 386 pages, 72 colour

Who: Linda and Bill Anderson. To purchase our book 'Sailing in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us: valiam1@hotmail.com)
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

Current Position - click on positions for log entr

Linda's book "Sailing in my Sarong" A$39.95 + A$10 postage in Australia. (other countries please email Linda : valiam1@hotmail.com)