Valiam goes Sailing around the World
including our recent Caribbean to Mediterranean Interlude on Lati
 
I dont like this boatyard
05/04/2012, Independent Boatyard, St Thomas, USVI

3rd April 2012
Independent Boatyard St Thomas USVI
photos in new album in photo gallery - click little camera

Ok no pretty pictures and glowing comments in this entry. Independent Boatyard is one of the most difficult boatyards we have experienced around the world. After arriving with no engine yesterday morning, expecting to be hauled out as arranged, we had to wait due to a racing boat being dismantled for shipping to a deadline. Ok fair enough. We waited tied to the dock with no information given to us when we would be hauled out. It is hot and noisy here and Bill needed to stay with the boat in case we were being hauled out at any moment. It was not to be. Other boats went in and out while we waited. 'Tomorrow morning 'said the helpful Daniel. We ate on board after visiting the well stocked and economically priced supermarket. Mosquitoes and midgies (no-seeums) plagued us. Lee caught the ferry and bus back to Coral Bay. I wish I was there now.

This morning we were prepared once more waiting expectantly to be hauled out. Waiting waiting. Anpther boat went in and more came out. Finally Daniel and Calvin said it was our turn. Late morning with sweat dripping from our bodies Bill showed Calvin the drawing of the boat underneath so he knew where to put the straps. Manoevering Lati with ropes as she has no engine remember Bill and the working men got her into the slip. Just as Calvin got into the dirver's seat to operate the travel lift, he was called on the public speaker to call the boss. Lati was not to go up yet but a motor launch who just arrived did. We had to get Lati out again by ropes and tie her up to a big shiney motorboat with our inadequate fenders. Another boat went in and out. Then another expensive boat had to have it's mast put on and rigged.

Sweat sweat wait wait wait. No communication. It was now 3pm. Bill went to the office to ask what was happening, 'We're after the boat getting it's mast put on' Now we had sent 2 emails last week booking Lati into this boatyard and communicated each day of our progress. We phoned 3 times yesterday morning as we sailed towards Benner Bay. Our emails were not acknowledged. The phone calls were only mildly encouraging but we were definitely booked in yesterday morning. Two days wasted hanging around not able to leave the boat with no communication has been very trying to say the least. To top it all off we have been placed at the far end of the boatyard near the road a very long way away from the amenities block and not near the other live- aboards. The first thing I saw as I looked outside from our perched view was a man urinating after he got off the bus in the street. Our view of the road includes the petrol station and the supermarket. Horrible position and I don't want to sit out in our cockpit. Bill says he will get the work done as soon as he can and get out of here. I will go to Coral Bay tomorrow to stay with Lee. But first I will try get a few things for Bill as in tools, a mattress etc . It is very uncomfortable here but the workers are amazing. These guys propped the boat up fine and gave us a sturdy ladder. And after all we are here to work. Another whinge - there is only one operating shower at the amenities block. The other 3 are padlocked. The remaining one is also locked and I was lucky enough to get a key after a day of harassing. However when I finally got my turn in the shower, I stood there naked not able to get the tap to work. Then I noticed a money metre in the wall.I had no money of course. Get dressed again and lose my place in the queue for a shower. Why didn't the office lady tell me I needed money for the shower?. I've almost finished whinging...

Lati looks wonderful out of the water with her strong big keel. She looks like a real ocean sailor. We have met the very nice Morgan who is the woodwork man who was recommended by one of the Coral Bay yachties. He recognised the type of boat Lati is straight away.He thought she was a Rustler which is very close - the fibre glass version built after the timber Holman 31 which Lati is. We also met a nice young Dutchman with dreadlocks who came to ask about the windvane. He is here doing up a timber boat with his girlfriend from New Zealand. So let's see how tomorrow goes. Bill has lit the mozzie coil and I hear cars driving past and music coming from a bar across the road. At least the big industrial shed behind us will give some shade in the afternoon. The bucket will have to be my loo again at night as I cannot climb down the ladder and walk miles across a dusty boatyard by myself in the middle of the night.... But that's life in boatyards I guess!

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Tribute to Mary
04/04/2012

I recently received a sad email from fellow yachtie Christopher Soames whom we met with his delightful wife Mary in Palau during our circumnavigation. (Affectionately known by us as 'Merry Christmas') Christopher informed me that Mary died of Malaria last year 200 miles offshore from west Africa. Christopher has now sold Aventura their yacht and is living in Scotland, very lonely after sharing many years of sailing adventures with his beloved Mary.

I was struck by Mary's zest for fun and enthusiasm and she livened up every gathering we found ourselves in. We had an extremely memorable time sailing from Puerto Princesa to Balabac in the Philippines with Aventura as well as French yacht Peerliane. It was blissful sailing with spinnakers from anchorage to anchorage as each skipper of the 3 yachts made their yachts sail at their best. One anchorage in particular comes to mind in Ursula island where we all enjoyed sundowners on board Peerliane. Mary with her fine singing voice sang Scottish songs to Franck the Frenchman's accordion. Our last anchorage in Balabac we were all loaded down with so much alcohol trying to spend our last pesos. We made the decision then to move quickly on to Borneo on our own crossing the last bit of the 'pirate infested' Sulu Sea.

That was 2008 and I remember it all as if it was yesterday. Mary had an impact on everyone who met her and was loved by so many including Bill and I. Here I add one more of the 1000's of tributes Christopher has received from around the world. I dedicate a copy of my book to Mary and it is on its way to Christopher in Scotland with love.

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Lati waits for haul-out
03/04/2012, Independent Boatyard, St Thomas, USVI

2 April 2012
Independent Boatyard
St Thomas USVI
(more photos in photo gallery)

I'm sitting in a noisy bar at the boatyard using the power and internet. It's set amongst mangroves and I saw my first iguana climbing up a branch. I am sure it is related to the Galapagos iguanas - same prehistoric features but a lot smaller. The music of the 70s is blaring and many of the crinkled tanned people here are on the mature side, mostly American. Most of the men have long hair mostly in pony tails and beards. Bill with haircut and shaven is wandering around chatting to people and is confident that Lati is in the right place for a makeover.
We left Coral Bay yesterday with the lovely Lee, a very competent crew member. Just before we untied the mooring line we hoisted the Australian flag singing Waltzing Matilda. We also raised the US Virgin Islands flag, borrowed from Manatee. Sailing out of Coral Bay was stressful for me but Bill seemed to enjoy the 'dodgem boats' challenge tacking in and out of them about 20 times. I warned people who raised their heads at the little battered yacht sailing towards them "We have no engine!" They didn't seem too perturbed that fine Sunday morning.
As we headed out to open sea we enjoyed the perfect sailing conditions and beautiful weather. After a cold beer, and noticing Lati was sailing at a sedate 4 knots with the small jib, Bill thought he might try the big soft thin sail he thinks is a gennaker . We joked about it being Lati's wedding dress, it was so big and floaty and a creamy white. Bill got her up and off she went! At one stage she reached 6 knots - not bad for this little neglected boat. We decided to anchor at Christmas cove, St James Island just across from St Thomas. Again sailing up to the anchorage was interesting among the megayachts. Bill dropped the anchor over and we fed the rusty old chain through. The water was a clear turquoise and looked enticing for a swim. However there isn't a suitable ladder for us ladies to climb back up. Bill went for a swim with goggles to have a look at her keel. She's a lot of boat under the water and he reported a few patches and unidentified bolts sticking out. It will be good to get her out of the water and patch her up properly.
It was great to enjoy a pretty anchorage after a first sail on Lati. Although the facilities are very basic - buckets for loo and washing dishes. (separate buckets!) We used a camping stove in the cockpit and ice in an esky. A bottle or 2 or bubbly were consumed to celebrate Lati as an Aussie ship sailing in Caribbean waters. The stars were clear and the moonlight assisted our torches as we prepared for bed. The bunks were surprisingly comfortable and made homey by covers kindly donated by Lee. Pretty cushions and matching blue patterned dinner set helped create our little nest or floating holiday shack I suppose. I do miss the comforts of Valiam but this is certainly an adventure. It's good to be thrust out of our comfort zone!
Sailing into St Thomas and Independent Boatyard was interesting trying to stay within the channel with no engine. I finally managed to get on to someone who was there to catch our lines. Just as well as 2 gleaming racing boats were alongside and I don't think little battered Lati would be welcomed if she nudged them. 'Did you sail from England? ' someone asked? The Aussie flag with the union jack has people guessing. It will be interesting when we finally get hauled out tomorrow. Tonight we camp aboard tied to the dock next to the travel lift in this noisy dusty boatyard.

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03/04/2012 | Campbell Hair
Well done to you two, this will make for a good read in your new book if there is to be one, we have only five week to go before we fly out, stay safe,
Cam "H"
Linda and Bill celebrate Lati's first anchorage
03/04/2012, Christmas Cove, St James

Does this photo look familiar? Celebrating landfall with bubbles.

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Lati's first anchorage with her new crew
03/04/2012, Christmas Cove, St James

Beautiful water - Lee and Linda taken by Bill half way up the mast

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16/02/2014 | Wayne Stocks
Loved reading your blog as I am from Primrose Sands and been here since 1990
16/02/2014 | Linda
Hi Wayne - Primrose Sands is close to our heart. Did you see we anchored right outside our old shack on Susan Bay rd end of January 2013?
Lati sails away
03/04/2012, on the way to St Thomas

Lati's beautiful old geniker - AND she reached 6 knots!

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Lati leaves Coral Bay as an Aussie!
03/04/2012, Coral Bay USVI

She's an Aussie now!

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Lati is ready for her first sail
18 20.61'N:64 42.83'W
29/03/2012, St John, USVI


29 March
Manatee, Coral Bay
Lati is ready for her first sail
The sails are ready. The crew is ready. But the forecast for today was 20 knots and thunderstorms. 'No'says Linda. 'No'says Capt Bill/Underpants. Lee and Linda look up the weather again and it is less windy tomorrow and on the weekend. Up to 15 knots from the East. So we wait. No point in buying ice and cold drinks until just before we leave. Then we raise the Ozzie flag, the Virgin Islands coutesy flag, sing something appropriate, unhook the mooring and dodge the boats in the harbour as the Captain skillfully manoeuvres us out. We have to sail Lati without and engine to St Thomas and the boatyard in Benner Bay. Here we drop the anchor outside the entrance and ask for assistance to be towed in. That's the plan anyway.

Yesterday I enjoyed a pleasant morning at Salt Pond Bay with Lee's friend Patty. We walked to Drunk Bay which Patty said was a real treat and it was. Lo and behold a wondrous sight met my eyes! Sculptures made from Coral decorated the whole cove. So many little people with their boobs and bits. You will have to look in my photo gallery to see them. (click on the little camera)

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Around St John
27/03/2012, US Virgin Islands

Island life is easy going and relaxed as we get to know the locals and soak up our new environment. I do love the way the donkeys roam around feral and free. They haven't stopped long enough for me to do a sketch so I may have to draw from my photos. The houses around here seem to be predominantly pink or turquoise - my favourite colours. Here's a pic of a house in our street along the waterfront with a few goats who also roam around wherever they like.
We hope to sail Lati to the boatyard in St Thomas this week with a bit of a tow either end. The local underwater bottom cleaner Dicky removed many of the barnacles so she should sail quite well.

More photos in the photo gallery

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Checking Lati's sails
18 20.38'N:64 42.49'W
24/03/2012, Coral Bay USVI

Bill is looking forward to sailing Lati around to St Thomas boatyard next week

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Cactus trees and tortillas
22/03/2012, Coral Bay USVI

I loved looking at the fish in this cactus tree while I ate my tortilla with fresh grouper and salsa at the Tourist Trap.

(Pics of Lati and our srrounds in photo gallery)

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22/03/2012 | Campbell Hair
Great to finally see some photos of Lati, wow you do have a bit of work ahead of you, the hair cut looks good Bill, Coral Bay looks amazing. Keep the blogs coming and stay safe.
Regards,
Cam & Annie “H”
Lots of work ahead
22/03/2012, Coral Bay USVI

22nd March
Manatee
Coral Bay
This morning I helped Bill sort and get rid of more junk on board Lati. The 10th garbage bag was filled as well many extra items. We made 2 trips to the dumpster using the inflatable dinghy with the motor. I had to hold her in thigh to knee deep water while Bill waded and walked back forth with all the junk. He has detached most of the many pieces of fishing paraphernalia as he wants Lati's decks and rig to be clear.
The interior is still a bit of a mess but the light is at the end of the tunnel. The woodwork in the saloon and galley will need to be redone as well as sanding, painting and refurbishing including the electrics. Yesterday Bill discovered the engine needs a lot of work to make it go. He spent 2 days pulling the engine out, pulling it apart then put it back together and back in.
The plan now is to sail Lati to the boatyard in St Thomas and tow her in. To enable this to happen, some of the barrier reef will have to be removed, (a local guy is an expert underwater bottom cleaner), the sail track screwed back on the boom and the mainsail attached. We knew she needed a mainsail so one of Bil's bags had one from Oz that he had made to fit to Lat's specs. Hopefully by next week Lati will high and dry in the boat yard where work can begin in earnest. There is a single berth for Bill to camp on her and I will stay with Lee on Manatee for as long as she will have me! The boat yard in St Thomas is about 5 miles away but without a boat we will be using buses, ferries, taxis and our feet to commute. The buses from Coral Bay to Cruz Bay run every couple of hours and there are several ferries a day from Cruz Bay to St Thomas. From the ferry dock to the boat yard it is about 1.5 miles.
It will continue to be interesting, frustrating as well as challenging I expect. In the meantime I have been to a few of the local haunts with Lee. Yesterday we enjoyed lunch at the Tourist Trap, a casual café overlooking the bay high on a rocky hill. The food is all cooked by Larry - the tastiest tacos and tortillas. Lee's friend Mary works there part time and served us with her usual outgoing upfront zaniness. I loved seeing the interesting objects placed in and around the cactus trees especially the fish and the tiara. After lunch Lee drove us in her little Suzuki to Salt Pond Bay, one of the tourist beaches. The sand was blindingly white and the water was so clear and turquoise and I kicked myself for not taking my swimmers with me. I was astounded to see the beach and water packed with tourists and boats. It is such a beautiful little bay that to me seemed to be more the type of place that would be on a remote island difficult to get to.
Skinny's Bar is a popular spot with the locals (and tourists) especially during Happy Hour. Plastic cups of wine are only $2 and the same for beers. Lee had arranged to play cribbage with friends. I looked on but they were playing too fast, totally absorbed, I had no hope of trying to get the gist of it.
So far so good on Manatee and we're all getting along fine. I'm trying to be helpful by cooking some of the meals on board. It's been a bit windy and rainy today. We do hope it wont be raining when we pull Lati out of the water to paint her.

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Settling in - Lati's progress
20/03/2012, Coral Bay USVI

20th March 2012
Coral Bay, St John, US Virgin Islands
Since we arrived here a few days ago we have been welcomed with open arms.
I am continually grateful and feel very cared for by our yachtie friends Lee and Mark whom we met transiting the Panama canal in 2009. We are very comfortable on board Manatee, a beautiful catamaran with Lee. We have a double bed and cabin with hatches to let in the fresh air as well as the loud music coming from the bars on shore at night! We have been eating and drinking ourselves merrily every day. We have met so many of Lee's friends but I cant remember all their names. The crazy Australians who bought 'that boat' has given a few people something to talk about.
Bill has been working hard and has removed at least 10 large bags of rubbish into the big dumpster up the road. Bill says nothing seems to have been removed from the boat in 40 years and certainly no woman's touch to be seen. Amongst a vast assortment of items, a trumpet in a case, lots of tools, spare parts and even an old foghorn he has found. He is now pulling the engine apart. He says he will have to pull it out and to repair it. There are several headsails in good condition, so once the barrier reef has been removed from Lati's bottom, Bill is keen to see how she sails. He even found a small flag with 'Manatee' on it. Lee immediately raised it on Manatee's stern. We will have to take her to a boat yard at some stage for the final stripping and painting.
Lati is moored metres from Manatee so is conveniently located. Coral Bay is a laid back place with a few bars along the foreshore with mostly Americans living on boats or in houses dotted about. Donkeys and goats wander around freely. We saw a donkey eat a cardboard box yesterday. I like donkeys but felt a bit apprehensive to get too close. On Sunday, Lee took us to a beautiful local beach for a birthday picnic for one of the local expats Megan. Lameshur Bay is very beautiful with turquoise water, coral beach shaded by trees. Ruins nearby provided a 'honeymoon' backdrop for some photos of Bill and I. I am not sure of the history of the ruins but the walls are made from different shaped rocks and coral. I saw my first mongoose running very fast into the bushes near our picnic spot. As it was still the weekend of St Patrick's day celebrations, many people were wearing green and we were even given green pina coladas and margaritas on the beach. Someone had a blender working using a lawnmower engine or something as equally inventive. A couple of boats were anchored in the bay. We drove in Lee's bumpy Suzuki down the goat track with Bill squashed up in the back with the eskies. Just before one of the boat left one of the occupants played haunting Irish music on the bagpipes. Lee even enjoyed a little Irish jig on the beach.
Wifi is touch and go but I hope to upload photos for the website today. We now have local phone numbers but we get charged to receive local calls and sms messages as well! Not international sms though and I am so glad we can also communicate with family and friends that way. As per usual I am the communications officer!

(more pics in photo gallery)

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On board Manatee, Coral Bay
16/03/2012, St John, USVI

First morning on board Manatee with Lee. Yes I am in my sarong!

more photos in photo gallery

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Arrival in St John
16/03/2012, US Virgin Islands

After 2 days of airports and planes we are now happily ensconced on board Manatee being well looked after by the lovely Lee. Lati is within metres and Bill is already working hard cleaning up the interior. There is lots of work to be done. Coral Bay is very laid back with many yachties living here permanently. A small bar/bistro and mini supermarket is within rowing distance for all our immediate needs. It is lovely to be here. More photos in the photo gallery.

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Art and Sailing in my Sarong in the News
09/03/2012

With my favourites - my pink nudes.... I'm going to miss going to Rosebed st

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Soon to be at anchor again
08/03/2012

This is where we're going....

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Off to the Caribbean very soon!
29/02/2012

I can now officially say the little yacht Bill purchased on ebay is now an Australian registered vessel named 'Lati' Fortunately we have beautiful friends we met transiting the Panama canal in 2009 keeping an eye on her until we get there.

In the meantime Bill and I are extraordinarily busy meeting deadlines. Bill is working hard completing the deck on our house. He is putting the roof on as I type!

My exhibition 'Scribbling Barefoot'is giving me much joy and I am connecting with so many lovely people both locally and internationally. Tonight I am facilitating a beautiful drawing workshop inspired by the Drawing room at the Matisse exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. I will be loading up my van with gorgeous rugs, fabrics, tables, plants, art materials, chaise lounge etc to create the scene in Eudlo Hall. Talented friend and violinist Claire will be playing and we are lucky to have an experienced artist's model Amanda. I believe in creating a relaxed environment for anyone to explore and experiment with drawing. All marks are as important as each other. It is not the end result and what the viewer perceives that is the most important. It is what the artist feels and experiences during the process that is important. I know myself I have to feel totally free and uninhibited to take risks when drawing.

Each piece I draw from life and in itself is unique representing the location, my mood and the energy of the moment. I have promised myself to commit to drawing on location wherever I am! My book 'Sailing in my Sarong' has many images of drawings I completed around the world. Perhaps I will create another book with even more images of our future adventures.

The drawing above is titled 'Jade'and is currently in my exhibition 'Scribbling Barefoot'at Rosebed st Gallery, Eudlo, Queensland, Australia until 11th March. See the link on the left

You can also see more of my art in my photo gallery (click on the little camera)

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Linda's painting Sortilege in Cocos
19/02/2012, Photos by Marion Jonkers Photography

This painting was completed on board Valiam when we were anchored in the Cocos Keeling Islands (Indian Ocean) It is of our friends Bea and Di's catamaran Sortilege. My friend Jackie is with me in this photo - Jackie sailed to Lord Howe with us a few years ago.

This painting is 380X570mm with cream mount and white timber frame 550X800 behind glass for $425 at Rosebed st Gallery Eudlo
www.rosebedstgallery.com

More pics in the photo gallery

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Beautiful Bronnie - circumnavigators unite!
19/02/2012, Rosebed st Gallery, Eudlo, Queensland

Bronwyn Zemanek (ex La Barca) was there to officially declare my art exhibition 'Scribbling Barefoot' open. We are in front of my luscious pink nudes.

(artworks vary in price and size from $60- $600 - contact Rosebed st Gallery
phone +61 7 54573780 or email rosebedadmin@bigpond.com )

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What to do with a drunken sailor?!
18/02/2012, Rosebed st Gallery, Eudlo, Queensland

Linda having fun with Jackie and Tony. (More pics in the photo gallery)

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Scribbling Barefoot Opening Night
18/02/2012, Rosebed st Gallery, Eudlo, Queensland

What a wonderful night! Glamorous saris, sarongs and fun sailor suits singing dancing enjoying my scribbles with the champagne flowing freely. A huge thank you to Maya, Annie, Amy , Tony, Rob and everyone at Rosebed st Gallery. Jacob played beautiful piano music and Jane Michele's song Ýou make me feel like a Natural Woman' made me cry. Thank you to Annie R for leading us in the gorgeous Polynesian belly dance! And thank you to everyone who gave me such support and shared beautiful words. And the biggest thank you to Bronwyn who flew up from Sydney to help me and officially open my exhibition. And Bill of course who is always there for me.

I will be at the gallery every Sunday and make sure you check out my workshops. Next Friday 24th Bill and I will be speaking about our circumnavigation with a slide show. Pink note donation for drinks and nibbles and I will be signing my book Sailing in my Sarong.

Scribbling Barefoot link on the left !

also more photos in photo gallery
Thank you Marion Jonkers Photography for the beautiful photos

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Count Down to Scribbling Barefoot Opening Night
10/02/2012, Rosebed st Gallery, Eudlo, Queensland

It's all go here in Point Cartwright as I finish off framing my artwork and Bill hammering and building the deck on the house. Paper work for our little boat in the Caribbean is still in progress. With flights in a couple of weeks, we are busy busy but happy busy doing what we love.

Linda's art exhibition is running from 15th Feb to 11th March with the official opening on Friday 17th Feb starting at 6.30pm at Rosebed st Gallery, Eudlo. (Sunshine Coast hinterland)
Scribbling Barefoot Opening Night will have live music, dancing and a raffle to raise funds for Sporting Dreams - a charity run by paraOlympian Marayke Jonkers, that helps young disabled people fulfil their dreams through sport including sailing.
The artwork donated in the photo is titled 'Liz's Blossoms' and is pastel on paper framed in black.
Look forward to seeing you at the Opening Night or during the exhibition. I will be there on Sundays as well as workshops. Click on the Scribbling Barefoot link on the left for further details.
My book 'Sailing in my Sarong' will be on sale at the gallery or you can order through paypal on this website. (The button is further down on the left under 'Ships logs')

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Art, Sea and Bubbles
02/02/2012, Point Cartwright, QLD, Australia

Photo: Linda with Maya and Annie from Rosebed st Gallery, Eudlo choosing works for my exhibition. 'Liz in Pink'on the left and 'Flotsam and Jetsam'will both be on show. A glass of pink bubbles finished off a delightful afternoon.

Scribbling Barefoot 15 Feb - 11 March : Linda Frylink Anderson

Opening Night 17th February 6.30pm - wear your favourite sari, sarong or sailor suit (shoes optional)
RSVP by 15 Feb rosebedadmin@bigpond.com

Scribbling, squiggling, sketching and doodling are some of the ways Linda likes to draw. With the exuberance and freedom of a child, she explores line to the fullest extent.

Linda recently returned from sailing around the world with her husband Bill on their homebuilt yacht - a 30 year dream finally fulfilled. With her sketchbook and pastels she captured what she saw, the result being a collection of passionately expressive works drawn from life.

Prior to embarking on this action packed voyage, Linda's work centred around the study of the nude and still lifes. Linda's 'Scribbling barefoot' exhibition includes these as well. Linda is an Early Childhood educator and believes children can work through their emotions by scribbling and drawing what they feel and see. During her travels, she had the opportunity to work with underprivileged children conducting art and play workshops. In Mauritius, she worked with a flamboyant wood sculptor dedicated to helping the poor. Both shared a passion in believing that children and adults can express their emotions through art, music and dance. Also a keen photographer, Linda's lively drawings and photos were included in a solo exhibition at Ecole de Sculpture, Bambous, Mauritius.

Linda has published a memoir of her travels featuring her vibrant artwork titled 'Sailing in my Sarong.'

'Scribbling barefoot' is an exciting and lively exhibition showcasing Linda's love of living in the moment, making a dream come to reality.

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Scribbling Barefoot - Linda's Art exhibition
26/01/2012, Rosebed st Gallery, Eudlo, Queensland

I am proud to announce the title of my exhibition: Scribbling Barefoot showcasing drawings I captured during our circumnavigation.

See photo gallery (click on little camera) for Linda's Drawings

Click on ''contents'' for ships logs (or blogs) of our voyage around the world.

Click on map and ''current position'' to see our world circumnavigation route. You may have to download Google Earth 'plug-in
For more information on the exhibtion:
http://rosebedstgallery.com/exhibitions-coming-up/



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New sailing adventure in the Caribbean
22/01/2012

Many people have asked us about our future sailing plans. This has taken an interesting turn just recently when Bill sheepishly announced to me that he had bought an old boat at a bargain price, that 'needs a bit of work' on ebay. After calming down but still feeling unfaithful to our beautiful Valiam , I am beginning to feel excited by Bill's 'project'. This boat isn't nearby. It's in the Caribbean. Crazy crazy crazy. My darling husband said it's to get me to the Mediterranean this summer. "We can have a small boat in the Med and leave her there. In September we come back and sail Valiam to Patagonia. She's much more suited to long ocean passages in the southern hemisphere." We shall see. But anything is possible and if anyone can do anything, he can. Or should I say, 'We can.' So that will be another story.... We fly over in March.

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All the family on board!
17/01/2012

We were so happy to have our whole family on board Valiam for lunch the other day (except for Vashti's husband Craig) A rare occasion these days. So here's a pic of all our descendents! It felt good to be on board even in the drizzly rain. The kids loved climbing around, reading books on Nanny's princess bed and testing the toilet! We even celebrated Tahlia's 2nd birthday...my hasn't time flown as she was born just after we returned from our circumnavigation.

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Beautiful Valiam in harbour
08/12/2011, Mooloolaba

A lovely shot taken by our friend Jack from their unit overlooking the harbour. As you can see the little red boat is our new neighbour!

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Valiam sails out of Mooloolaba for Linda's birthday
04/12/2011

After 18 months (yes it has been that long!) we took Valiam out for a lovely sail with friends. Our original plan to sail to Tangalooma was thwarted due to strong south-easterlies on Friday and Saturday. Valiam gracefully cruised out and even Priscilla went up without throwing a hissy fit! Steve and Dee were on hand as experienced crew so that Linda could be a princess for the day. With much delicious food, champagne and laughter the satisfied birthday girl slept well that night. Thank you Captain Underpants!

photos in photo gallery

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Bird's eye view of Valiam on her mooring
01/12/2011, Mooloolaba

A great photo taken by Annie from her unit.

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Why I want to go to sea
21/11/2011

From my Journal 4 April 2009
page 244 Sailing in my Sarong

At sea, each day is unique. The wind changes, sometimes howling, sometimes almost singing. The sea changes it's colour almost constantly. Midnight blue, to angry bottle green, to calm and blissful turquoise. And the shape and intensity. Soft as silk. Sometimes lumpy and confused. When the sea spits and hisses from those towering crests we know she is in control.
The sky can be blue as blue with pretty, fluffy white clouds, or dark and moody. I love the stars. So many in clusters. There are huge streaky constellations and large glowing radiant points that try to outshine the moon on a clear night. I love the clearness, wetness, and smell. Our senses taste and hear the sea and air. The sun greets and farewells us each day with it's warmth and light. I love the space around us. Just us, Valiam, the sea and the sky.

The sea, once it casts it's spell, holds one in it's net of wonder forever. Jacques Cousteau

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Preparing for 2012 departure
13/11/2011, Mooloolaba

Photo : imagine the pink transformed to wine red....

Recently we have begun to give Valiam some much needed attention. Now that I am active again after recovering from my hip replacement, I can climb in and out of the dinghy, climb on board with ease - such a great feeling! I saw how many things have deteriorated and become rusty so the galley is now ship shape and all offending items have gone to the rubbish tip! Bill discovered a leak of water from the engine and worked out where it came from. He pulled the offending piece of engine out (something to do with cooling water - sorry if you want details I will check again with the captain), had it repaired and installed it again. He did say that it was a very awkward job and he had to be a contortionist to get it done.

A few other jobs are in the process - a new dodger has been ordered but we are not sure if it will be ready in time for our little trip down Moreton Bay to Tangalooma for my birthday in a couple of weeks. (weekend of 3-4 Dec if anyone wants to join us via the Tangalooma flyer or their own boat. Valiam's berths are booked unless you want to sleep in the cockpit). The batteries are a bit worn out after our circumnavigation and also need replacing.I have also purchased some new velvet material to cover the settees. The pink is being replaced by a rich wine red which Captain Bill is happy about.

We haven't decided which direction we will be sailing except towards the Mediterranean. As the Red Sea is not a good idea at present due to piracy near Somalia, we are left with 2 options - across the Indian Ocean again or try to head eastwards across the Pacific. Unfortunately we won't be ready in time to try for Patagonia this summer (Jan- Feb) as we have some major repairs/renovations to do on the house before we leave. If we try the easterly route across the Pacific, it would have it's challenges depending on the weather. It is doable if we zig zag across but there will be some uncomfortable passages I'm sure. I think when we are ready we will let the wind and weather dictate our direction! The next trip will be on a shoe string budget so my emails at sea will be severely limited! No restaurant meals, hiring cars or flights home either.... But I will have a few boxes of Sailing in my Sarong on board to sell along the way!

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Four years ago we set sail to circumnavigate the globe!
31/10/2011

Letting go the lines....
It was a grey overcast day when we finally left our home port of Mooloolaba. At 3pm on Monday 5th November 2007, we finally untied the lines. We had taken so long to get ready there was no-one to see us off. Bill was still bolting the solar panels on that morning with the decks strewn with tools, bicycles, pot plants, and many boxes of cheap Aussie champagne. Everything took so much longer to stow away.

A lone dolphin did slip out of the water for a moment, waving her flipper as we motored by the other yachts in the river.....

From page 12 in my book Sailing in my Sarong Around the World - a 30 year dream

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Kids and Kittens find each other in Bali at Villa Kitty
16/10/2011

When Elizabeth suggested Jackie and I stay at Villa Sekar Jepun in Ubud ''right next to Villa Kitty", I did not know what to expect. Greeted with lush greenery, exotic flowers, huge wooden carved 4 poster beds with billowing nets and graceful grey aging elephant statues making water fountains into our very own pool, I was entranced. We were there for the Ubud Writers Festival (to promote 'Sailing in my Sarong') for writers and readers around the globe, young and old. A childrens writing workshop collaborating with well known Australian children's author Meredith Costain, was held within our exotic grounds. Children arrived from local schools excited by a day out. But first to Villa Kitty.
Villa Kitty is a haven for homeless Bali cats who sometimes arrive almost at death's door. But through the dedication of Elizabeth Henzell and her band of helpers including qualified vetinerarians these beautiful creatures blossom and are
carefully adopted to families who have love to give their new pets. The children were ushered in from next door in small groups to learn about the work of Villa Kitty. They had the opportunity to cuddle and play with the kittens who were now healthy and needing the touch and smiles of humans.
Villa Kitty is unique and has a strong connection with our very own Sunshine Coast region of QLD, Australia. Not only does Elizabeth originally come from the Sunny Coast as I do, the funding and equipment desperately needed does also. A strong connection with our Sippy Creek Refuge assisted the establishment of Villa Kitty, and volunteers Sammi Carvill and Kimberley Davis (also happen to be 2 of my Early Childhood Education students at University of Sunshine Coast) recently visited bringing with them an eager group of Balinese children from the Jodie O'Shea Orphanage. The smiles on the children's faces as they cuddled and played with their newly found furry friends lit up everyone's day.
And what did the children write about? The joyful playfulness of the Villa Kitty cats of course!
For more information email villakittybali@gmail.com or see facebook 'villa kitty bali'

photo above: Villa Kitty vet Isa with Jaz and one of the beautiful Bali kittens
more photos in photo gallery (click on little camera)

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Drawing Workshop in Ubud, Bali
07/10/2011

Karen enjoyed drawing the lotus leaves and took a copy of
Sailing in my Sarong back home with her.

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Writers, artists and sumptious food in Ubud, Bali
07/10/2011

What an exciting festival it is here - a mix of minds, thoughts and creativity in the heart of Bali. I am so pleased to be here at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. The Opening Night at the Palace was an occassion to remember - I am here with good friend Jackie to share my book ''Sailing in my Sarong'' and my drawings. Today I enjoyed collaborating with Jackie our workshop ''From a dream to Reality" The participants all enjoyed sketching the statues and abundant plants in the garden of Honeymoon Guesthouse. Tonight we are invited to another beautiful dinner with other writers at Casa Lun.a Restaurant, one of my favourites. Yes its all about delicious Indonesian food, sharing stories and words from around the world.

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''Sailing in my Sarong" off to Bali!
05/09/2011, Ubud 4-11 October

Linda is excited to return to her beloved Bali and Ubud the cultural centre for the Ubud Writers Festival in October. www.ubudwritersfestival.com
(see ''Writers" click 'L' )
She will be conducting an art/writing workshop on Friday 7th October titled ''From a dream to Reality - Drawing what we see." Good friend and fellow sailor/artist Jackie will be coming along too. It will be a fantastic opportunity to share with international authors and artists as well as inspire others to make their dream come true.

"Sailing around the world was the main dream then publishing my book was another. It has allowed me to make even more friends via the net as I sit landbound until our next sailing adventure.

I sketched the above drawing in Ubud, Bali when I enjoyed some life drawing at Pranoto's gallery. It is included in my book among the 72 coloured pages of photos and artwork."
Email Linda if you would llike a copy of Sailing in my Sarong : valiam1@hotmail.com
A$39.95 plus postage

"Girl in Green Sarong" pastel on paper.

You can see more of Linda's sketches in the Photo Gallery - click on the little camera on the left.

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High Tea and High Seas
30/08/2011, Linda speaks in Cooroy

This should be fun - eating cakes and sharing our story out in the country today. The Sunshine Coast libraries asked me to speak. Copies of my book "Sailing in my Sarong" will be available for sale

High tea and high seas
Popular speaker and author Linda Frylink Anderson will entertain you with her tales of sailing the seven seas on Wednesday 31 August at 2.30pm.

"It's a story of battling gales and sailing through the world's pirate hot spots; of exploring exotic and remote communities and integrating with the locals; and of experiencing the vastness of the great oceans and making new friends at each destination."

Linda's main message is to follow your dream and not to be afraid to leave the rat race and responsibilities behind.

Escape your everyday by spending an afternoon at Maison de Provence, Cooroy at 2.30 pm, Wednesday 31 August 2011.

Photo above : Linda with Liz Beechmore Cooroy librarian with some of the patrons. (more in photo gallery under 'author talks')


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Two years ago.....
23/08/2011

Reminiscing again... I just can't help myself!

Monday 24th August 2009.
Position: 15 26.17S 150 04.91W.
Time: 6pm. 116 nm to go.

An hour ago we were sipping the last of my homemade pina coladas thinking about what to have for dinner when the fishing line became taut. The captain thinking of the work ahead of him began pulling in the line. "It's a big one!" he pants. When the wriggling large fish came on board we could see it was a huge tuna - 10kg at least! It made a mess in the cockpit and pouring cheap rum into its gills only seemed to make it more excited instead of calming it down. Eventually it became still and Captain Bill became the butcher. Its meat is the darkest I have ever seen in a tuna and the huge chunks Bill cut off looked like steak. I managed to stow most of it away in the fridge and kept a small amount out to cook for dinner. Fried up with salt and pepper, a little lime and accompanied by left over eggplant salsa and caper mayonnaise it was a wonderful meal.

Valiam has had a relaxed sail since we left Rangiroa at 2.30pm yesterday. It took us a while to get through the Tuputu pass. We ended up anchoring nearby waiting for the waves breaking across to subside. Eventually it was calm enough to get through. We have had very light winds mostly around 10 knots from East/North East and have been sailing quietly along at around 4.5-5.5 knots. It's been great for sleeping as we aren't heeling over at all. Tomorrow we may have to motor-sail if we want to make Bora Bora by daylight. We may have to make use of the yacht club barbeque to cook the rest of the tuna!
Comments [1]
26/08/2009 | liam (psycho_liam att hotmail dott com)
pina coladas and giant tuna? ohhhh jealous

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Sharing art, my book and Valiam's voyage
07/08/2011

What an incredibly stimulating few days at the Byron bay Writers Festival meeting many wonderful writers and new friends. I can't believe how much my book 'Sailing in my Sarong' has reached out to embrace so many like minded souls. Life is for living!

more pics in the gallery

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Linda and Bill will be speaking at the Byron Bay Writers Festival!
01/08/2011, Chat Room B Sunday August 7th 10.30am

BYRON BAY WRITERS RESTIVAL 5-8 August

This year's theme is 'Passion' . What a great opportunity to share our story. Have we been passionate? I guess it took some passion to get the boat built and eventually sailing around the world. After dreaming about it for so long (30 years!) and then it took some passion to get my book published only one year after we returned - bang on our 33rd wedding anniversary! I was passionate about including everything as I drew, painted and wrote about what we saw and felt in remote corners of the earth and in the middle of vast oceans.
"I wanted to create something beautiful. Something to treasure for our immediate family as well as a 'thank you' to our global family. My book 'Sailing in my Sarong' is bursting with images, journal entries, emails from children and older people who followed us around the globe as well as my personal thoughts and reflections. And of course Bill's (aka 'Captain Underpants') one liners always make me smile. We are already planning our next voyage hopefully to Patagonia, Chile and beyond. My next book might have to be titled 'Sailing in my thermal underwear'!"

Linda's book Sailing in my Sarong is the most recent couple circumnavigation story published in Australia. (returned to Oz 18 months ago) $39.95
email Linda : valiam1@hotmail.com to purchase
(and she will sign it for you with a personal message.)

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14/06/2011 | Cam Hair
Give em heaps at Byron Bay, you two wont have any trouble with the theme passion, how are the plans for the trip to the Med via the Horne going?
Regards
Cam & Annie H
30/07/2011 | Jo Behlau
... thermal underwear... hahahahahaha
Sailing in my Sarong at the Sydney Boat Show
30/07/2011

Bill and I have been standing on stage at the Sydney Boat Show with microphones attached to our heads and a big screen behind us with some of the images and video clips from our circumnavigation. A bit daunting but we got through it! Talking about the very beginning of our dream, building Valiam and recounting our adventures just reaffirms our desire to go cruising again. There were lots of lovely people to chat to about sailing and signing my book at the Boatbooks stand. Tim Stackpool, the MC was great in helping us feel comfortable and sorting technical hitches. Thanks to Christian, Rob and everyone at Boatbooks who have been enthusiastically promoting my book Sailing in my Sarong. If you enjoyed our presentation or missed it, feel free to email us with any questions!
We're just having a fabulous time in Darling Harbour enjoying all the interesting food in Chinatown and the busy busy atmosphere. So different to our quiet life on the Sunshine Coast!

The image on the big screen is comparing 24ft Alouette(1980) and 45ft Valiam(1994) but the same wife who hadn't changed at all! Hmmmmm.....

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30/07/2011 | Jo Behlau
Well done Linda and Bill. Enjoy Sydney and the Boat Show.
31/07/2011 | Tim Stackpool
Was great to see you two. What an adventure! What a book! Looking toward to hearing and reading of your next nautical journey.
Cheers, Tim
Valiam in the news
29/07/2011

This article was printed in the Boat Show lift out of the Sydney Morning Herald.

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See us at the Sydney International Boat Show!
13/07/2011, Better Boating Lounge, Darling Harbour, Sydney 29, 30,31 July

This is us at Suwarrow, northern Cooks, with our 'bestest' cruising buddies (ex La Barca) Adam Norris and Bronwyn Zemanek who with their children Jack and Amy became our family during the last leg of our world circumnavigation. One of the last things we did together before our return to Oz was when Bronwyn and I set up a preschool day for the local village children on Tanna Island in Vanuatu.

It probably won't be sarong weather in Sydney in winter! We'll be speaking at the Better Boating Lounge at 4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Linda's book "Sailing in my Sarong" can be ordered direct from her by sending her an email: valiam1@hotmail.com
Linda will personally sign it with a message to you!

It is the most recent couple circumnavigation published, is filled with 400 images, 72 pages in colour and lots of recent information of 30 countries. And its a great read! You can pick it up anywhere and float off somewhere exotic.......

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Latest Reviews 'Sailing in my Sarong, Around the World - a 30 year dream'
30/05/2011, Boatbooks website

For those of you who dream of sailing the world or need motivation to do something extra special and exciting with your life! After 30 years of dreaming, then the process of building our boat, we finally did it! (and cant wait for our next voyage.....)
Email Linda if you would like a copy! $39.95 plus postage. valiam1@hotmail.com

LATEST REVIEWS:

by Fred Lane
Date Added: Monday 23 May, 2011


What happens when a free spirited, sunny, people minded soul meets a pragmatic, resourceful partner with an equally unfettered approach to life? One outcome is revealed in the pages of this book.

Bill and Linda Anderson have in some ways lived with convention by raising a family in modern Australian tradition, but when the surface is scratched, the unshakeable thirst for adventure and experience is clearly evident. To date, their circumnavigation of the globe has been the highlight.

This was no act of spontaneity, but the fruits of a 30 year dream which took 16 years of preparation. With few resources, they built a 13.7 metre plywood yacht in their back garden; launched it in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia; and embarked on a two year odyssey.

The author writes with a love of the moment. They meet lifestyles far different to the Australian norm, and she absorbs the experiences with a passion, free from prejudice or judgment. They go to places not favored by cruise ships and live life in sympathy with their host countries. The book is characterized by additions of her artwork and warm quotes which sum up her zest for life experience.

Friendships made along the way include those with fellow yachties, who share the common dream. We are given insight into how such adventurers eat, sleep, and enjoy a party. They always seem to have something to celebrate.

Life is not always rosy. In order to fulfill the dream, she has to live with separation from her family, including grandchildren, which are always in her thoughts. She is also proof that you can never conquer sea sickness. It may be kept under control - and the author is an authority on how to do this - but sometimes you just live with it.

She has left us at the end with the fire still burning. Throwing the next log is not too far away
Rating: [ 5 of 5 Stars!]

by Kirsty Watson
Date Added: Monday 16 May, 2011


Well written adventure sail with Linda and Bill...very inspirational and easy to read account of their sailing and land adventures.
Rating: [ 5 of 5 Stars!]

by Ngaire Vernal
Date Added: Monday 16 May, 2011


I loved being "on Board" with Linda & Bill as they discovered small island communities and helped the local people, especially the children, in their journey around the world.

There was such a sense of 'being with them' in all their endeavours and I learned so much about people in places I hadn't heard of.
My own travels have been by air and land and I also found comraderie in this style of travel. Amazing how many friends you can make at sea!
Congratulations on a well written and detailed journey.
Rating: [ 5 of 5 Stars!]

by steve allen
Date Added: Wednesday 18 May, 2011


You can almost smell the suntan cream and hear the waves lapping at the hull. Brilliant book full of insights into the yachty world. Highly recomend it.
Rating: [ 5 of 5 Stars!]

by Judi Goldsmith
Date Added: Wednesday 18 May, 2011


A beautifully written, honest and inspirational account of an incredible adventure. Amazing... thank you Linda for sharing your story, such a personal and sometimes intimate reflection.....found myself drifting off with the imagery...so beautifully described. Love it!
R ating: [ 5 of 5 Stars!]

by Pauline Liebenberg
Date Added: Tuesday 17 May, 2011


Whenever I need to escape my everyday life, I turn to almost any page in "Sailing in my Sarong." It's a great antidote to the stresses and the humdrum, and costs much less than a full cruise!
Rating: [ 5 of 5 Stars!]

by Bob Sellars
Date Added: Monday 16 May, 2011


What a marvellous adventure !!!!!! Everyone's dream to sail to remote & exotic destinations,especially in a boat built by one's self.
The book is a beautiful production with Linda's artwork & photographs.
Rating: [ 5 of 5 Stars!]



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Cocos Keeling - Linda's article in Cruising Helmsman
27/05/2011

How I wish for those carefree days! To see the rest of the article go to 'photo gallery' (little camera top left)

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'Sailing in my Sarong' at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
21/05/2011, Gold Coast, QLD

Bill and I promoting my book 'Sailing in my Sarong' at the Boatbooks stand.
You can order my book through them on line (www.boatbooks-aust.com.au)
or directly from me. If you order directly from me I will personally sign it with a message! Email Linda - valiam1@hotmail.com
(A$39.95 plus $10 postage within Australia. Airmail overseas A$22-$27)

more photos in photo gallery - click on little camera

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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
21/05/2011, Gold Coast, Queenlsand, AUSTRALIA

Bill and I are having a fabulous time staying in a high rise apartment overlooking Surfers Paradise and enjoying the Boat Show. I was asked by Boatbooks (www.boatbooks-aust.com) to sign my book at their stand. It's been fun chatting to and motivating would be sailors and cruisers to go out there and 'just do it!'

The photo above is of Martin and Yvonne of SV Marsala who are almost ready to head off

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'Sailing in my Sarong' sails around the coast libraries!
18/05/2011, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia

My tour of the Sunshine Coast libraries has now finished and how lovely it has been to chat and inspire people from all walks of life. Thank you to all the lovely library staff who were there to assist me.

In this photo I am with the librarians from Coolum and some of their patrons

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Questions people ask and Favourite Places
08/05/2011, Mooloolaba

The photo above was taken in one of my favourite places - in a restaurant (with La Barca crew Adam and Bronwyn) in Cartagena, Colombia. Note the prolific original artwork on the walls. This was a city of abundant culture - a lovely surprise.

During my 'Author talks' the most common questions are to do with fear and seasickness:
Are you ever really scared out there on the ocean?
It's different once you are out there. I feel safe in our boat - safer than in a car or aeroplane. We are busy navigating, analysing the weather, plotting our position and things happen slowly. I think it's the same as embarking on any adventure, even a road trip. The fear of something going wrong and the preparation is often more stressful than when you are in the middle of it.

When the weather turns nasty we are so busy doing what we have to do, the adrenalin kicks in and we solve the problems as a team. I think fear is being scared of the unknown. When we had something attach itself to the bottom of our keel in the middle of the Indian Ocean in gale force winds in the middle of the night, I was petrified that the 'thing' that was banging against the hull would make a hole. We never knew what it was. We steered Valiam slightly off course and thankfully the 'thing' detached itself.

What about pirates?
We chose not to go up the Red Sea and even in the Philippines, near Colombia and the Caribbean we didn't encounter anything unusual. Sometimes we would see very old boats in odd places and wondered where they were going. We saw many poor fishing boats.

There was one occasion 1000 miles from land between Galapagos and the Marquesas that a big new Ecuadorian fishing boat called us up on the radio. They asked us lots of questions about how many people were on board and where we were going. I was very vague and did not say there were only 2 of us but indicated that we had a large male crew! They wanted to send their small motor boat over to give us fish but Bill said "No!" I kept the conversation polite and said we had been catching our own fish. Valiam sails fast and she was galloping along at about 8 knots at the time!

I think a lot of incidents that are reported about people boarding yachts in harbour are robberies, not acts of piracy. We had no problems anywhere, even in Papua New Guinea. We tended to go to the smaller places and people everywhere we met were friendly and welcoming. We rarely locked the boat when were on board. We don't have anything lying about on deck and as we are high up out of the water and don't have a scoop stern, we are difficult to board. We don't believe in weapons but did buy some capsicum spray in South Africa (and have never used and I don't even know where it is now!)

I get seasick so don't enjoy sailing.
I get sea sick and have to live that each time we are on passage. I take the best drugs I can get (Stugeron/Cinnerazine) which makes life wonderful again. I start taking the medication the night before leaving, eat carbs, little alcohol and try and get a good night's sleep. We try to leave in nice weather.

In 30,000 nautical miles, I was violently sea sick 3 times. Each time it lasted less than 12 hours and I used stematyl suppositories. My enjoyment of travel and exploring new destinations outweighs combatting sea sickness. Once the medication is in my system I am fine and I continue to take them regularly throughout the passage. I can cook, work on the computer, read, watch dvds etc without any problem. Once we are in port (which is most of the time) I stop taking the medication. We spend more than ¾ of our time in port exploring having a good time!

What about immigration and passports?
Most countries are very easy to enter, and don't even require advance notice of our arrival. www.noonsite.com is a website that has all the up to date information about what to do with clearing in. Most countries are free! Sometimes we had to pay $50-$100 but never as much as it costs to clear quarantine into Australia. Australia is the strictest and the most expensive in the world. ($330)

Generally we radio ahead of our arrival and the port captain gives us instructions. If no-one answers we go in and anchor/tie up and ask locals where the 'customs' is. On our circumnavigation the only country where we had to acquire visas in advance was for Brazil. The things we needed to have ready were:
- Ships papers (Australian registration document) Sometimes marinas will ask for Insurance papers
- Crew List (Yes even just for 2 of us! Names, position on the ship, address, passport numbers) You need many copies of these. I think the most we had to hand in somewhere was 9!
- Ships Stamp (not compulsory) - We had one made before we left. It's a circular stamp with the boat name, picture, and registration number. Officials love them!
We found the officials generally very friendly. Many come on board to do the paperwork but some we have to go and find. I always have my small pocket photo album with family photos with me. This assists when there are language difficulties and everyone loves to talk about their children/grandchildren! We NEVER pay bribes nor did we have to. Sometimes there may be extra 'fees' which are usually small when converted to A$. Always ask for a receipt.

Where was your favourite place?
We have many favourite places. The beauty of sailing is being anchored in a huge city with all the culture, restaurants etc then a week later be anchored in a pristine atoll with white beaches and palm trees. It's the contrasts I love. I think I would get bored lying under a palm tree on a beach. We love all the different cultural exchanges meeting ordinary people from so many diverse backgrounds.

For culture we loved Cartagena in Colombia.
For pristine natural beauty you can't beat Suwarrow in the Northern Cook Islands.

When will you go again? Where will you go?
We hope to be cruising again in 2012. We would love to go to Patagonia, Chile and I desperately want to go to the Mediterranean as we didn't get there last time.

How do you finance it?
Before we left for our circumnavigation we sold an investment property so we really lived it up for the first year! Next time we will have to live on the rent from our house. There will be less inland trips and restaurants and more going to the supermarket and cooking ourselves. We have our bicycles on board which is free transport once we get somewhere.

What about communication at sea?
We only have VHF (20 miles) so rely on our satellite phone and lap-top system for emails/weather faxes. Emails at sea are expensive and are restricted to text only. ($2 a minute and download is slow) Friends can send free SMS messages (160 characters) direct to our satellite phone from their computer at home. The satellite phone is fantastic as you can call anywhere in the world anywhere at any time if you need to. We use iridium with Horizon as our server. We also use Globalmarinenet X-gate program to compress emails . Our back up person in the USA was fantastic answering our sms messages any time of the day/night if we needed help. We also use sailblogs for our website. We can also update these at sea. I usually submit the images when we get to port and I have access to wifi or an internet café.

When in port we often buy a local SIM card for our mobile phone. International rates were often very cheap. I remember calling from the Philippines to Australia for 7c a minute!

If you have any further questions don't hesitate to email me : valiam1@hotmail.com
My book is A$39.95 plus postage
HAPPY SAILING!
Linda

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