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Valiam goes Sailing around the World
including our recent Caribbean to Mediterranean Interlude on Lati
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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

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.
Cam & Annie “H”
Lots of work ahead
22/03/2012, Coral Bay USVI

22nd March
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

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

This is where we're going....

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Off to the Caribbean very soon!

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

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 )

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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

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:

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New sailing adventure in the Caribbean

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!

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 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

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

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!

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

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 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

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

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.
(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 :
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.....

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

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


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 : 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?
Cam & Annie H
30/07/2011 | Jo Behlau
... thermal underwear... hahahahahaha
Sailing in my Sarong at the Sydney Boat Show

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

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:
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.


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 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

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 (
or directly from me. If you order directly from me I will personally sign it with a message! Email Linda -
(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 ( 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. 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 :
My book is A$39.95 plus postage

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Linda's author talks on the Sunshine Coast
01/05/2011, Noosa, Kawana, Maroochydore,Nambour Queensland

Looks like I will be busy in May! Come along if you are in the area - I would love to share our story with you.

- To see our voyage scroll down to 'contents' in the right hand column
- To see our gallery click on the little camera on the right

- To order my book 'Sailing in my Sarong'(A$39.95 + postage) please email Linda :

(great Mothers Day gift!)

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Memories of the Caribbean - Happy Birthday Captain Bill! (aka Captain Underpants!)
29/04/2011, Valiam is now in Mooloolaba

This was Bill on his birthday when we were anchored at Hog Island, Grenada. How relaxed we were - where the day started with fresh local fruit,. emails and a skype connection to Australia followed by a swim in clear azure water,a drink at Rogers bar on the beach finishing with chocolate cake I baked and a 'caparinhia' (Brazilian rum drink with lime) as the sun went down. Hopefully next birthday we will be celebrating Bill's birthday in a similar anchorage in a beautiful remote corner of this wonderful planet.

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Linda's Art from around the world
27/04/2011, Mooloolaba, Australia

Linda's sketch of Valiam at anchor in Suwarrow. pastel on paper
Exerpt from my book Sailing in my Sarong...Around the World - a 30 year dream

"The Artist in Me - Drawing What I See
I am passionate about art. When I draw and paint I lose myself in another world. I am seeing things with different eyes. I prefer to draw from life and try to capture what I see; the light, the mood, the colours, lines and textures. Sometimes I just want to capture the lines or sometimes just the way the light falls on the subject. I have always enjoyed drawing the human body but on this voyage I tried to capture landscapes. I also drew animals and birds for the first time. In each instance I would sit near the subject and sketch as fast as I could! If I tried to draw slowly the result would look laboured. It is almost as if I am in a trance as I half close my eyes moving my pastel around on the paper. My pastel would almost move of its own accord as I touched the details of the subject with my eyes."

To see my artwork click on photo gallery (the little camera on the right and scroll down to 'Linda's sketches'. Enjoy. (Many of these images are in my book.)

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Send me back to Suwarrow!
25/04/2011, currently still in Mooloolaba :(

I was looking for an inspirational photo for my desk top now that I am an armchair sailor (sigh) and found this! I can still feel the exhileration of zooming along in our inflatable in one fo the world's most remote atolls. Hundreds of miles from anywhere. No shops. No cars. No nasty man made anything. But of course our man made beautiful yacht Valiam got us there....

To see more beautiful photos click on my photo gallery or better still buy my book! (Sailing in my Sarong Around the World - a 30 year dream) A$39.95 plus postage.
Email Linda:

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26/04/2011 | Campbell Hair
Hi there Linda & Bill, I just finished reading your book, it is a fantastic read, I lived every moment with you, well done. You now have my other email address.
Cam & Annie H
Soiree with Sarongs and Saris
10/04/2011, Figtree Pocket, Brisbane, QLD Australia

Peter Moor and Anne Lord kindly hosted a wonderful evening with friends sharing sumptuous food and sporting colourful sarongs. Although perhaps disappointed that we didn't speak of murderous swashbuckling pirates, our audience was soon gripping their seats feeling somewhat seasick when footage of 20ft waves and 50 knot galeforce winds propelled Valiam accross the Indian Ocean. When shots of our hero Captain Underpants catching huge fish came on there were audible gasps of appreciation.

A sincere thank you to Peter and Anne for supporting my book Sailing in my Sarong. A long overdue promised voyage with us on Valiam will happen soon!

(more photos in the gallery - Linda's author talks)

To order Sailing in my Sarong, Around the World a 30 year dream email Linda :
A$39.95 plus postage

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Linda's book in Arana Hills library
07/04/2011, Interview with 4 year old Annika

I had the pleasure of talking about our circumnavigation to Arana Hill's library patrons recently. Geordi and Annika, my nephew and niece followed our voyage and feature in my book 'Sailing in my Sarong.' Their other auntie Corinne is the librarian.
After looking at my book, this is what Annika said:
"Your boat is green. It moves by air. Uncle Bill drives it and you call him Captain Underpants! You went to different countries. You saw a little baby in a bag made of string. Probably she had no bed. I can see Mummy, me, Geordi and Daddy on the boat.(looking at last photo in book) We were having a party and you came back and it was lots of fun."

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Our friends on La Barca in April's Cruising Helmsman

What a lovely surprise we had when we bought the recent 'Cruising Helmsman' in the local newsagent. Our friend Bronwyn Zemanek's article on practical tips for circumnavigating was in there. Immediately we began to reminisce and miss our cruising life. We met Adam, Bronwyn, Jack and Amy in Bonaire, The Dutch Antilles before we transited the Panama Canal. Numerous references to our friends can be seen in our voyage log from then on when you go to the 'contents' link on the right. (They are heavily featured in my book too!) The above photo was taken just after we left Suwarrow before Adam and Bill put the spinnakers up. We had just been given news of a Tsunami in Samoa but where we were, (500 miles away) conditions were perfect! Here is a shortened extract from my book 'Sailing in my Sarong' Chapter 26.

Tsunami in Samoa
As we were saying our goodbyes to John, Veronica and family on that beautiful sunny morning in Suwarrow on Tuesday 29th September, American yacht Carina called Suwarrow base on VHF radio,
"Suwarrow base this is Carina. A tsunami has just hit Samoa." We all looked at each other. John did not seem concerned as he had received tsunami warnings before. But as further news reached us we were concerned for our friends who were in Pago Pago and Apia.
We had difficulty pulling Valiam's anchor up after three weeks in Suwarrow as the chain had wrapped itself around coral heads several times. To the accompaniment of one of the boys blowing the Suwarrow conch shell we finally departed. Spica and La Barca left before us. At this stage we weren't concerned about the tsunami as we were 500 miles away and the best place was to be out at sea.
A beautiful 10-15 knot south easterly was blowing and the sea was flat. We caught up to La Barca and motor sailed alongside for a while until Valiam sailed ahead. Bill and Adam had discussed pulling up the spinnakers and taking photos of each other. Soon we saw La Barca looking splendid with her new Australian flag spinnaker billowing out. La Barca surged ahead so Captain Bill went into the fore locker to prepare Priscilla our temperamental monster purple and green spinnaker. After half an hour of sweating, Bill got Priscilla up and Valiam began to fly along at 8.5 knots. As we zoomed past La Barca we took lots of photos and video footage and they did the same of us.

Note: The whole article is in the photo gallery

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2nd Edition of 'Sailing in my Sarong' has arrived!
08/03/2011, Mooloolaba QLD AUSTRALIA

Hi all
The 2nd edition of my book 'Sailing in my Sarong' Around the World - a 30 year dream has now arrived. With young Geordi's map and informal reviews in the back it is in keeping with the personal nature of my book. It is a beautiful big 386 pages.
Do spread the word among your friends - A$39.95 plus postage.
To order: email Linda on

My favourite review:
'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.' Lao-tzu. In this case, it begins with a single dream of two people - a 30-year dream to sail around the world. Together. In a boat that they built themselves. Crazy, huh? Crazy beautiful! Linda is a first-time book author but you'd never know it to read this gripping, charming, lovely tale. I swear I started reading it on the subway in NYC during a lousy snowstorm (yup, a little escape for this city gal) and I nearly missed my stop! On the way, Linda, a novice sailor, suffers from seasickness, experienced petrifying storms at sea, sailed through pirate territory, and worked with street children, ran art and play workshops, and kept up a blog. Together with her husband aka "Captain Underpants", she sailed in their 13.7-meter plywood yacht named Valiam (a combination of their children's names). Lavishly illustrated with Linda's pastel drawings and many photos, this could have been a coffee table book to thumb through, but has too much substance and entertainment to not actually read.

Nancy Bruning, BA, MPH, New York

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Linda gives a talk for the View Club, Glasshouse Mountains
16/02/2011, Sports Club Glasshouse, Sunshine Coast Hinterland

photo: Mickey de Lorm, Jackie de Lorm, Linda Frylink Anderson, Heather Burton (vice President of the View Club) with my book 'Sailing in my Sarong' ($39.95 - contact me

I was excited to talk to a group of women in the hinterland today as it was the birthplace of our yacht Valiam. It's been 20 years since we began building her on our then acreage property in Peachester. My neighbour and good friend Jackie remembers us burning down an old goat shed to make a fire hot enough for Bill to melt 3 tonnes of lead to make Valiam's keel in an old bath tub. Jackie and her family crewed for us on many trips to Tangalooma as well as Lord Howe Island in 1999. She was the only person who saw us race into Moreton Bay returning from our circumnavigation after her son Sean (on P plates)drove down the mountain at great speed to see us sail past Caloundra.

Jackie's mum Mickey, a member of the View Club which is a non profit organisation that raises funds for needy families had read my book and asked me to speak. Thank you for a lovely lunch ladies and I hope our dream inspired you too! I look forward to working with you to assist in a project involving underprivilged children.

To reminisce further I quote from my book as we sailed into Moreton Bay after circumnavigating the world:

She's Sniffed the Home Paddock

On Sunday 22nd November, the wind picked up considerably blowing at 25 knots from the northeast.
"She's sniffed the home paddock," said Bill, enjoying the fast sail. Valiam was racing at 8-9 knots. And suddenly there it was. Australia! We could just see the hazy outline of land through the spray.
"Is it really Australia? It feels like when we saw Africa!" I said excitedly. This was a moment to treasure. We were buzzing with elation.
"We did it!" I laughed. I couldn't believe it. It still didn't feel real. I took photos of ourselves and looking back at them we had the hugest grins. In no time at all we were racing into Moreton Bay. It was all too fast for me. It didn't seem real. It was 4pm and we were glad it was still daylight. As Moreton Bay was quite shallow, the wind waves made for rough conditions. I sent SMS messages to family and friends near the Sunshine Coast to reaffirm to myself that we were back in Oz. I was hoping someone we knew could see us. We took the mainsail down to slow Valiam down. She continued galloping past Caloundra. Our wonderful friend Jackie and son Sean drove down from the Glasshouse Mountains to watch us sail past.
"Is that you, with one sail?" asked Jackie
"Yes that's us! We're the only yacht out here." It felt good knowing someone was there to watch us come home. It was a fast wild ride into our home waters, in true Valiam style. We needed to slow her down to navigate the channels through the bay before arriving in Brisbane. Glancing behind Valiam, a dolphin leapt around in the following waves. We were home.

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Grandkids visit Valiam
27/01/2011, Mooloolaba, Australia

photo above Captain Bill (aka Captain Underpants) or in this case 'Pa' showing Caylan and Joe around Valiam. We reminded them of the rule: 'One hand for you and one for the boat.'
more pics in the gallery including Australia Day celebrations - click on little camera

On one of the rare fine days over the Christmas holiday, we took the oldest grandchildren Caylan (8) and Joe (3) by dinghy to visit Valiam. Joe was very excited about wearing a life jacket and was a little hesitant climbing the ladder from on Valiam's stern. Then it was excitement as the children explored both inside and out. Finding the tinned food hidden behind the setees gave the children more thrills especially when I said they could choose ones to eat. They settled on tinned strawberries from South Africa and tinned mandarin from Brazil.

I also presented Valiam with her copy of Sailing in my Sarong. It felt right to place a copy in front of Buddha who sailed around the world with us. Much of the book was written on land although the essence and journal entries, 'What Next' etc were written on board. I flicked through the pages reminiscing once more. I felt quite emotional as the book is about her and she kept us safe sailing 30,000 nautical miles around the world.

To order your copy of my book email me on
A$39.95 plus postage

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Sailing in my Sarong personal Reviews
05/01/2011, Mooloolaba, QLD Australia

Copies of my book 'Sailing in my Sarong Around the World - a 30 year dream' can be ordered by emailing Linda :
Price for 2011 orders: A$39.95 plus postage
Postage rates:
Australia : A$10; NZ: A$15
USA: A$22
UK, Europe, South Africa A$27
India: $18; Mauritius: A$22

THANK YOU EVERYONE for all your lovely comments after reading my book - I appreciate them very much after all the hard work!

6/01/2011 Review on Goodreads:

A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step.

In this case, it begins with a single dream of two people--a 30-year dream to sail around the world. Together. In a boat that they built themselves. Crazy, huh? Crazy beautiful! Linda is a first-time book author but you'd never know it to read this gripping, charming, lovely tale. I swear I started reading it on the subway in NYC during a lousy snowstorm (yup, a little escape for this city gal) and I nearly missed my stop! On the way, Linda, a novice sailor, suffers from seasickness, experienced petrifying storms at sea, sailed through pirate territory, and worked with street children, ran art and play workshops, and kept up a blog. Together with her husband aka "Captain Underpants", she sailed in their 13.7-meter plywood yacht named Valiam (a combination of their children's names). Lavishly illustrated with Linda's pastel drawings and many photos, this could have been a coffee table book to thumb through, but has too much substance and entertainment to not actually read.

Nancy Bruning, BA, MPH
New York

10/12/2010 Pauline Lyons: The book is proving to be a terrific read. Learning so much from it and the joys and courage of the sailors on Valiam. Photos and artwork provide added interest.

17/12/10 Shirley Pitcher: What a pleasure it is to just flip through Linda's book - and how that feeling persists as one begins to first read a phrase or two as the pages turn, then a para - and then - Just look at the clock!

Linda has done very well indeed - the illustrations are fascinating, even more than when first seen during the voyage. But for me the most wonderful feature is that Linda has managed to reveal so much about herself and Bill - those valuable yet so often indefinable qualities their quite 'reprehensible rejection' of "responsible attitudes" to say nothing of her glee as she gently and despairingly giggle at us old stick-in-the-muds - her loving ways - her courage - her very considerable practical skills - - Because Linda's account is so interesting, and she is so open as she mentions encounters with family and friends, she draws us all together into a circle of folk who are happy to be together as friends.

30/12/10.Susanne Williamson: I bought Linda's book and have just started to read it. What a great story, I'm loving it and cannot wait for our trip to commence.If all goes according to plan we will join the rally in Darwin in 2011 and travel with the sailors to Indonesia. I'm so excited but we have a big list of 'must do' before we slip the lines.Thanks for writing such a great book.
4/1/2011, Sadly, I finished your book in record time and I have to say I have learnt so much about visiting different countries; I loved your book
and all the information you provided in it.
It now begs the question when will you write the second chapter in cruising??
1/1/11 Lesley Wallington :'Sailing in my Sarong' has been my constant companion these last few weeks and I finished it yesterday. I feel like I have been on an epic adventure myself and will miss my night time escape into the world of sea and islands. Thank you Linda for writing this and sharing your travels...she has really done a wonderful thing and should be proud of her courage and capabilities. Linda's descriptions of being alone in the ocean really gave me a sense of how it might be....even though I would be dead scared of the rolling waves and swell (I have always been scared of sailing and the most frightening movie I ever saw was 'The Perfect Storm') I did feel a great sense of longing for such open space and can understand how she must long for it too and find it hard to settle back into land/civilised life. Linda's journal page 246 is a fantastic piece of writing and says it all. I also enjoyed Bills and his Dads emails.

2/1/10 Laraine Bennett: I just want to say how much I am enjoying Linda's book. I have it as my bedside reader which means I read it before I go to bed...if I wake up in the night, and then when I have a cuppa in bed in the morning. I am really savouring your journey, reading bits to my husband every now and then. Your Papua New Guinea section is good and I laughed when you described Kokopo as being like a frontier town...we always say it is like a town from the wild our similarities in description is quite amazing. I admire Linda and Bill's trip and adventurous spirits so much. A real inspiration.

Thomas Fondren: What a great book that tells the truth about sailing! Congrats to Linda and Bill on their circumnavigation. Linda has created memories that she will cherish the rest of her life.

Paulette Crowley: I am totally mesmerised and absorbed reading Linda's book. Totally fascinating, love the art and photos too. Wow, when will I travel again?

Kirsty Anne Watson: I finished Linda's book and now I can't wait to go sailing in MY sarong...great inspiration...thankyou for sharing your adventure.

13/12 Florence Lechot: We were very excited to receive 'Sailing in my Sarong', original presentation with the sarong. It looks really good! Linda must be proud to have achieved it, it must be like having had a 3rd child.... In any case, a
great result. Congratulations.

7/01/2011 Jean-lewis Dick: I think the book will be best sellers in 2011,if you can make the launching in every countries you visited, because the book is fantastic.Waoh congratulation to you and BILL see you in MAURITIUS again

6/12/10 Judi Campton Goldsmith: Linda.. I know you're an awesome Kindy & Preschool teacher - the best I've seen - I know you"re a creative and talented Artist ... I know you're a gifted writer from your Kindy reflections and all those reports I used to type .. what I didn't realise is just how much I would enjoy your's FABULOUS!! Thank you for sharing your story, such a personal and sometimes intimate reflection.....finding myself drifting off with the beautifully described. Loving it!

26/11/2010 Peter Robert Albert Anderson: Congratulations and thanks for Linda's book. I have spent many hours picking it up and recalling the events of your voyage as we exchanged emails practically each night. What an interesting, sincere and loving record you have made Linda. I was very touched by your reference to my dear old Grandpa who would have been very proud of his great grandson and granddaughter in law. There is now a place reserved in the Anderson bookshelves next to the James Cook, Joseph Banks, Matthew Flinders and George Anson circumnavigation accounts for the latest circumnavigation account, this one being very close to home. We are enjoying the photos and sketches as well as the text and the publication as a whole.

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Happy New Year from Mooloolaba!
30/12/2010, Mooloolaba

Wishing everyone a positive, exciting and healthy 2011! We hope to see some of you out there on 'the big blue' sooner rather than later.....

My book 'Sailing in my Sarong' is being read around the world. It's been lovely hearing from old and new friends from far flung places around the globe.
Did you know 'Valiam' means 'to be valid' in Portuguese? I guess the book has validated our voyage and it is a pleasure to share our dream with so many. At present only one outlet in Australia is selling them (Boat Books). I am distributing them myself to keep costs down.
A$35 - email Linda:

Last New Year's Eve we were in Townsville waiting for our grand daughter Tahlia to be born. Now she is almost walking! (pic above)

The year before we were sailing the coast of South Africa:

Port Elizabeth, SOUTH AFRICA
My Journal 1 January 2009:
Happy New Year! Leaving Buffalo River Yacht Club, East London was like leaving good friends behind as Yvette and Keith waved us off. It was brisk and choppy with a 15 knot South-westerly when we left. We knew it would change soon but in the meantime I was seasick again (despite medication.) After the south easterly came in, Valiam was more comfortable and she sped along in the current at 10 knots! We slowed Valiam down by Bill taking down the mainsail. By midnight I was feeling well enough for a small glass of celebratory Amarula. Instead of fireworks we watched dolphins swim in phosphorescence trails next to Valiam's hull. Just beautiful.

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Happy Christmas from Valiam crew! Sailing in my Sarong 1st edition almost sold out!
raining but warm
21/12/2010, Mooloolaba, Australia

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has given me such great feedback for my book 'Sailing in my Sarong Around the World - a 30 year dream'

I have just posted our family Christmas photos : click on the little camera!

I still have a few copies left. Just email me on A$35 plus postage.
( Overseas orders pay with paypal. Aussies direct bankdebit/cash/cheque)
383 pages, 72 in colour

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Sailing in my Sarong - Sunshine Coast news
05/12/2010, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Linda sails the seven seas• Local News
26 Nov 10 @ 05:50am by Ed Randell

AS wedding anniversaries go, a two-year circumnavigation of the globe with your husband in a home-made boat takes some beating.
For Buddina residents Linda Frylink Anderson and her husband, Bill, their 30th wedding anniversary in 2007 will definitely be one to remember as it marked the realisation of a 30-year dream and saw them set sail from Townsville on their round-the-world odyssey.

And, ensuring neither of them has any reason to forget future wedding anniversaries, they returned to Moreton Bay exactly two years to the day after they set sail - this time on their 32nd anniversary - and on November 27, at One on La Balsa cafe at 2.30pm, they celebrated their 33rd anniversary by launching the book Linda wrote about the amazing journey she and Bill completed.

"Bill planted the idea of sailing around the world when we first met in 1976," Linda says. "He has always dreamed about doing it and because I love to travel I enthusiastically supported the idea.
"My motivation was to fulfil our dream before I turned 50. I lost my mum to breast cancer when she was 48. Every year after that feels like a gift to me.
"The idea for the book came when I started writing on our website, describing our interactions with people in Papua New Guinea. Our son, Liam, was moved by my writing and suggested that I write a book with photos. Later, other friends said the same after reading the website. We had many people from around the world following our voyage who have now ordered books before it is even released."

Named after their children, Vashti and Liam, Bill and Linda's 45-foot plywood yacht Valiam was their home for the duration of the voyage and was built with the help of a family friend. In the 24 months at sea, the boat endured rough seas, high winds, an unidentifiable "thing" attaching itself to the keel in the middle of the Indian Ocean and various bumps and bruises along the way, but they made it home in one piece and remains moored in the river near La Balsa Park.

So it seems more than appropriate that Sailing in my Sarong - a book of almost 400 pages featuring 400 drawings and photographs - was launched at La Balsa Park, with Valiam bobbing up and down on the water beyond.
"I wanted to have a permanent record of our voyage not only for ourselves but for our family and friends. I wanted to produce something beautiful and tangible like a piece of artwork," Linda says. "It is a sailing around the world story with a difference due to my artwork throughout. I have dedicated it to our children, grandchildren and of course Bill my captain and husband."

Of course, seeing the enthusiasm with which Linda recounts their two-year voyage, it's easy to be sucked in by the romance and freedom of just downing tools, boarding a boat and exploring the world.
There's something so alluring about exotic, far-flung destinations and the thrill of having the world as your oyster as you plot your own course.
And, with the Sunshine Coast's Jessica Watson making headlines after her successful solo circumnavigation of the globe earlier this year, sailing has perhaps become a great deal more prominent in the mind of the average person on the Coast but, for Linda, was the reality as romantic and inspiring as the dream?

She admits there were a few lows during the voyage, such as enduring seasickness and the wild storms out in the open oceans and being scammed by officials in the Philippines - "We were left with no money wandering the streets and three ATMs didn't work! Eventually we cashed an emergency $US10 note Bill had tucked away" - or the heartbreaking decision to head back to the Pacific when they were in the Caribbean: "I desperately wanted to go to the Med but Bill felt we had to get back to Oz. We plan on sailing to the Med next time," Linda says.

But in spite of the countless days at sea with just each other for company and nothing on the horizon but the sun, Linda and Bill arrived home with a wealth of new experiences behind them, some amazing stories to tell their children and grandchildren and even a greater appreciation for their home and the simple things in life.
"Even now I can't believe we did it and can't look at a map of the world without imagining our yacht inching our way around," Linda says. "When we sailed in strong winds toward Moreton Bay, Caloundra appeared so suddenly it just didn't seem real.
"There were so many highlights from the journey and, looking back, I actually loved just being at sea where time slowed down and life was simple. I felt in tune with the natural world and wrote my best then."

So did Bill and Linda have any major sailing experience behind them before they untied Valiam from the jetty an embarked on their voyage on November 26, 2007? Well, not as much as you might think.
Being the instigator of the original idea, Bill had the knowledge and practical experience, but Linda underwent a steep learning curve during the voyage - including dealing with her sea-sickness and her fear of storms. While having Bill beside her was certainly a key to her taking on the challenge, Linda wants to be an inspiration to others who may have long-held dreams that they might be that little bit too apprehensive to fulfil.

"I am an ordinary woman who with an able and confident sailor for a husband managed to circumnavigate the world," she says. "I hope to motivate women in particular to not be afraid of the ocean... It is possible to fulfil a dream. To not be afraid to take risks, and to leave jobs and mortgages and responsibilities behind."

With the disappointment of not being able to sail to the Mediterranean still in her mind, don't be surprised to see Linda set sail again sometime soon to achieve another of her dreams. But completing the voyage and publishing a book about the journey are big enough achievements for Linda... for now at least.
"Bill and I fulfilled a 30-year dream, building a boat and sailing around the world visiting 30 countries and sailing 30,000 nautical miles in two years," she says.
"As a life's dream and autobiography it's been, and continues to be, satisfying for me to have written it all in a book. I am happy that so many people are interested. Only a handful of Aussie women in the past 20 years have written about circumnavigating the world."
Regardless of what happens with her book, Linda has clearly caught the sailing bug and it appears to be a matter of when, not if, she will set sail again with Bill.
"The trouble is once sailing gets into the blood the yearning never stops. We plan to sail again perhaps to Patagonia, Chile. The next book could then be called Sailing in my Thermal Underwear!"

Sailing in my Sarong Around the World - a 30 year dream is available in Boat Books in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as well as directly from Linda. Contact or her website

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Sailing in my Sarong in the news
29/11/2010, Sunshine Coast, QLD,Australia

Monday's paper - I guess I'm pretty proud I managed to finish the book in a year!

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Sailing in my Sarong Book launch
28/11/2010, La Balsa Park, Point Cartwirght Buddina

Our sailing family reuinited once more - This time Vashti and Liam completed the picture. Bronwyn, Adam, Jack, Amy, Linda and Bill

Many more photos of the celebration in the gallery - click on little camera!

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'Sailing in my Sarong' Book launch a great success!
28/11/2010, One on La Balsa, Point Cartwright, Buddina, QLD, Australia

Photo: signing copies for family friend Bob

'Sailing in my Sarong' was officially released on Saturday 27th November with a wonderful crowd of family and friends. Thank you so much to everyone who travelled far to get there. A special thank you to Bronwyn Zemanek and Adam Norris (La Barca) who drove up from Sydney with Jack and Amy to be my MCs. We were touched when Bronwyn read the first 'review.' She read out the carefully thought out words of Bill's father's email received that day. Dad followed us around the globe on Google Earth and his fascinating historical comments were featured in the book. Bill and I had a wonderful weekend celebrating with them and our family. A big thank your to all our friends around the world and in Australia who ordered copies - Enjoy!

I have created an album of our celebrations. Lots of champagne, laughter and bellydancing! And all those beautiful sarongs!

Here are the words of Dad's email, our first 'review:'
26/11/2010 Congratulations and thanks are for Linda's book which arrived this morning. I have spent most of the day picking it up and recalling the events of your voyage as we exchanged emails practically each night. I have a hard copy of most of your emails to me but lost all of mine to you when my computer blew up on the last week of the trip.
What an interesting, sincere and loving record you have made Linda. I was very touched by your reference to my dear old Grandpa who would have been very proud of his great grandson and granddaughter in law. There is now a place reserved in the Anderson bookshelves next to the James Cook, Joseph Banks, Matthew Flinders and George Anson circumnavigation accounts for the latest cicumnavigation account, this one being very close to home.
Thanks once again Linda and Bill for the book. Mum and I are enjoying the photos and sketches as well as the text and the publication as a whole. Much love from Dad/Mum/Gwen. XXXX

Peter Robert Albert Anderson

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Sailing in my Sarong, Around the World - a 30 year dream to be released 27th November
08/11/2010, One on La Balsa cafe, 2.30 -3.30pm,Harbour pde, Pt Cartwright, Buddina, QLD Australia

Hi all!
Sailing in my Sarong Around the World - a 30 year dream will be released on the 27th November 2010.
392 pages, 72 in colour.
Cost: A$35 (plus postage)
Postage in Australia : $10 (up to 4 books)

Postage overseas (per book):
USA : A$22
UK, Europe, US Virgin Is, South Africa : A$27
India : A$18.40
Mauritius : A$22

How to order books:
Please send me an email to
with your details:
Name, address, number of books.
By return email I will send you my bank details for direct transfer.
Overseas friends will receive an email from paypal.

Sailing in my Sarong is also available at Boat Books in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

The blurb again just in case you haven't read it!

Linda and Bill Anderson are living proof that it's never too late to fulfil your dream.
After 30 years of fantasising about sailing around the world, they finally set sail on an action packed voyage that would take two years to complete.
Never mind that Linda suffered from sea sickness, was petrified of storms and had little sailing experience, or that the couple were to make the trip in their home built yacht, this 30,000-nautical-mile voyage was about achieving their dream.
While they gained so much from their adventure, Bill and Linda also gave a lot back to the places they visited - working with street children, running art and play workshops with Linda's photos and artwork filling the pages of this book.
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.
But above all, the story is one of overcoming a challenge of massive proportions and leaving a tiny part of themselves in every single one of the 30 countries Linda and Bill visited in their swift, yet tough yacht Valiam.
This is their story.

About the author:
Linda Frylink Anderson is an early childhood teacher, university educator and artist.
She and her husband, Bill, have been married since November 26, 1977. Together, they have two children, three grandchildren, one 13.7-metre plywood yacht, and a shared passion for travelling the world. Their yacht Valiam's name was formed by combining the names of their children Vashti and Liam.
Linda and Bill live by the beach on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia with Valiam moored nearby.

Previous entries covering our whole voyage: click on Contents in right column

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10 Favourite Spots around the World
02/11/2010, Cruising Helmsman November issue

What a suprise when I went to my letterbox today to find the November copy of Cruising Helmsman with an 8 page article I wrote! Lovely to see some our photos in there. My book 'Sailing in my Sarong' will be launched on 27th November.

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'Sailing in my Sarong' to be released soon!
19/10/2010, Mooloolaba, QLD Australia

Yes - it is finally happening. We are aiming to launch my book 'Sailing in my Sarong' on 27th November, 2010. This will be our 33rd wedding anniversary. Very appropriate as we left Australian waters on our 30th anniversary and returned from our circumnavigation on our 32nd anniversary! For us an auspicious date!

It is a good juicy book with over 400 images tracing our story back to our first voyage in 1980. Building Valiam, the process ol letting go, our circumnavigation and reflections will all be there.

Please let me know if you are interested so I have some idea of numbers. A$35 plus postage.You can email me at
I will have paypal up and running soon. Cheers! Linda

Here's the publicity blurb:

Linda and Bill Anderson are living proof that it's never too late to fulfil your dream.

After 30 years of fantasising about sailing around the world, they finally set sail on an action packed voyage that would take two years to complete.
Never mind that Linda suffered from sea sickness, was petrified of storms and had little sailing experience, or that the couple were to make the trip in their home built yacht, this 30,000-nautical-mile voyage was about achieving their dream.

While they gained so much from their adventure, Bill and Linda also gave a lot back to the places they visited - working with street children, running art and play workshops with Linda's photos and artwork filling the pages of this book.

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.

But above all, the story is one of overcoming a challenge of massive proportions and leaving a tiny part of themselves in every single one of the 30 countries Linda and Bill visited in their swift, yet tough yacht Valiam.

This is their story.

About the author:

Linda Frylink Anderson is an early childhood teacher, university educator and artist.

She and her husband, Bill, have been married since November 26, 1977. Together, they have two children, three grandchildren, one 13.7-metre plywood yacht (Valiam) and a shared passion for travelling the world. Valiam's name was formed by combining the names of their children Vashti and Liam.

Besides writing this account of their two-year circumnavigation of the globe, Linda captured from life what she saw with her camera and pastels.
Linda and Bill live by the beach on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia with Valiam moored nearby.

This photo was taken on my 50th birthday 4 Dec 2007- our first landfall in Papua New Guinea. We finally let go the lines and we were on our way around the world!

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17/10/2010 | Isabelle
Wow, I didn't know you built your boat, that's pretty amazing. Loved your comment on our blog,that's so funny about the 'fat' thing. Good luck with the book release!
17/10/2010 | Bill and Linda Anderson
This was the comment I left on Dagmar's website:
It's interesting how our social expectations are so different! 'Customer service' and personal space/invasion of privacy in other countries continues to challenge the way we think and react doesn't it? I remember a woman in Tanzania saying to me 'You are so fat!' and she meant it as a compliment because I appeared wealthy.
02/11/2010 | Brother Paul
Similarly, a Chinese friend of mine whom I had not seen for some time said - oh, you are looking prosperous!
When we were in Brazil

Bill being served a caparinhia

As I type this our son Liam is enjoying the hospitality of friends in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We thoroughly enjoyed our short time in Brazil in 2009. Here is an exerpt from my book. To all our supporters waiting for my book - hopefully if wont be too much longer!


Brazil appeared on the horizon as a long, grey hazy line, shimmering in the heat. I thought about the major oceans we had crossed from Australia, our home continent. The Pacific Ocean to South East Asia, then the Indian Ocean to Africa. Now after crossing the Atlantic we faced the third and last continent in front of us, South America. I was terribly excited by the thought of dancing the tango and trying Brazilian food. After 11 days of tropical sailing with the wind behind we were looking forward to stopping. As we entered the wide, murky river, the Rio Paraiba, the scenery gradually improved until we arrived in Jacare, Cabedelo on the 17th March.

French Yachties and Caparhinias
The small cluster of yachts which was Jacare Yacht Village was easy to find. The heat was unbearable as soon as Valiam stopped. Our impressions of this part of Brazil reminded us of the Philippines. There were many poor people living in shacks along the water or in small concrete terrace houses packed close together along the paved streets. Unfortunately no-one spoke English and our Portuguese lessons on the boat were no help. We were the ignorant foreigners but everyone was very friendly, and our charades were becoming more inventive.

My email to family 19 March:
Ola! It seems strange to be somewhere hot and tropical after a few weeks at sea after leaving the southern tip of Africa. The world is not such a big place really. We have our little fans going and enjoy our cool showers at the amenities block. Things are quiet during the day and liven up at 4.30pm when the music starts playing. We know when it is sunset because we hear Ravel's 'Bolero' on the saxophone. Our neighbour Daniel has been living here for three years and has heard Bolero every day. He still whistles to it.

One night we dressed up and ventured out into the balmy air to one of the many touristy restaurants strung along the river. Just as the sun was setting, the famous saxophonist Jurandy do Sax walked majestically from restaurant to restaurant playing 'Bolero' on his saxophone. Most of the customers were Brazilians who were elbowing each other to photograph him. After each song they gave a respectful applause. We were not sure of the significance of Jurandy but there was video footage of him as well as huge posters everywhere. He was short, plump with long hair wearing all white and an orange scarf draped around his middle. Bill thought he may have been a soap opera star. We found out later Jurandy do Sax had broken the Guinness Book of records for playing the same tune every day 3,000 times! Within each restaurant other live music was played. The problem was they all played different songs, so it was ridiculously cacophonic and not possible to have a conversation. Just as well, so we had an excuse to use charades with the waiter. We tried a 'caparinhia', a local rum cocktail with lemon for the first time. Deliciouso!

Another night we met French couple, Chantelle and Andre of Gypsy at a small café for dinner. Again we were urged to have the 'best caparhinia' in Jacare. After dinner I spied a night market, so spent a fun half hour looking and buying hand made trinkets using charades and giggles to communicate with the gorgeous Brazilian girl. Next we were urged to go into the restaurant to watch a live show of traditional dancing. Of course we had to order more caparhinias. The costumes looked Spanish but the live music was more folksy. Four couples twirled, stamped and clapped in their frilly hot pink and black attire. It was fun to watch and be part of what obviously appeared to be a crowd of Brazilian tourists. Feeling rather giggly, we arrived back at the boat in one piece without falling in the river. Each evening we continued to enjoy caiparinhas at the Sax café laughing more than yarning with French yachties. Our French started to 'improve' during these 'happy hours'. Roi, the bar tender shared his recipe with us:

Sax Café Caiparinha - traditional Brazilian rum drink:
For 2 drinks:
2 limes
Cold shaker
5 teaspoons sugar
5 measures Pitu rum (white rum)
10 ice cubes
A little cold water
Cut limes into slices. Discard ends. Crush in shaker with sugar (wooden stick). Add ice cubes, rum and cold water. Shake it. Pour into two tall glasses with straw.
Serve with pretty girl, stagger home... (Bill wrote the recipe.)

Brazilian Girls in Bikinis
Riding our bicycles in the heat, we created breeze for ourselves making a bee line for the beach. A crowded but inviting beach café shaded by coconut palms enticed us in. Once ensconced in chairs on the beach in the shade with the sea breeze blowing over us we soaked up the passing scenery. Bodies of all shapes and sizes paraded in front of us in brief swimming costumes. After being in somewhat conservative countries since leaving Oz this was a refreshing change.
We were offered all sorts of wares from pirated DVDs to chocolates, prawns, lotions, nuts, and coconut juice from individual sellers. We knew how to order drinks in Portuguese but food was another matter. With the menu and my dictionary out, I painstakingly translated each word.
"Can I help you?" asked a pretty girl with long dark hair and unusually stunning blue eyes in a brief bikini. Bill's eyes said 'Yes!' Ana and her friend Maria, in an equally brief leopard print bikini were up for the weekend from Sao Paulo. They were incredulous that we had sailed from Australia. Photos and email addresses were exchanged with the possibility of a visit by them to our boat to see the sunset. Gorgeous Ana spoke four languages and was a secretary for a TV company. Alas the girls didn't turn up for sunset drinks. I think Bill was very disappointed.

At one of the waterfront bars we tried to mimic the locals dancing along with a live band. The Brazilians were comfortable and uninhibited in their dancing and clothing, their bodies grooving along holding each other so close it looked like they were making love. Bill and I giggled shuffling around in circles. It seemed the locals went out every night to dance, drink, and socialize. Most women wore brief shorts, tight plunging tops, and high heels. Bill wasn't complaining.

On the 26th March, we started to drag ourselves away, aiming to be on our way to French Guiana the next day. Sailing would be a rest from the constant social whirl of going out every night. But we had plenty of rum on board to make caparinhias!

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Reminiscing again! Suwarrow, northern Cooks

Today we enjoyed a delightful afternoon yarning with yachties at the home of Julie Fullerton in the rolling hills of Maleny. I had emailed Julie last year when she and her husband Ray and son Sam were cruising the Med on their boat Meander. It was rare for us to meet with Aussies let alone ones who came from our home town. I had hoped to meet up with them but we ended up turning around and heading for the Pacific. After a year of emailing we finally enjoyed a face to face meeting. It's amazing how strong the connection is between fellow yachties. Ray is still sailing Meander back to Oz. We also met Glenys and Greg, who sailed Fancy Free around the world. We reminisced about Suwarrow - one of the Pacific's island treasures. So again I am going down memory lane as this is where we were this time last year:

Suwarrow Island (formerly Suvarov) NORTHERN COOK ISLANDS
ANCHOR: Anchorage Island. Pristine, remote, nature's paradise - There aren't enough words to describe this absolutely gorgeous destination. For three weeks we relaxed in this haven and didn't want to leave. After a dinghy ride through the clearest aquamarine water passing a friendly shark we walked along a small concrete jetty towards a small two storey wooden house nestled behind the coconut palms. The lower storey is completely open with international flags and memorabilia hanging from the rafters. John, Veronica and their four sons lived on Suwarrow nine months of each year. Suwarrow is a National Park and John and his family were employed as caretakers. As caretakers they were expected to survive with very little and live close to and in harmony with nature. There is no refrigeration, telephone, internet etc. All they have is SSB and vhf radio. As Suwarrow is 600 miles from nearest civilisation they often ran out of basic commodities. We presented our pumpkin, bag of flour and jar of French jam. These were happily received especially the jam!

As we relaxed and slowed down into remote island living, the outside world seemed far away. The air was soft and clean, the colours pure and clear and the people kind and warm offering that quality I most admire - generosity of spirit. Suwarrow is one of those rare gems left on this planet and we felt very happy to be there. I tried to capture the colours on film and in my sketch book - turquoise, deep blue, soft aqua, creamy beige, blue grey....

John, Veronica and their four sons included us into their lives here as they do all yachties who visit. Their home was our home and sharing was the way here. We didn't worry about running out of food as John caught fish for everyone. In return I baked cakes and cooked my spicy bami goreng (Indonesian noodles) for our communal meals. The only fishing that is allowed is line fishing - no spear fishing, lobster/crayfish gathering. Coconut crabs live in amongst the old copra plantation and it is also forbidden to catch them. There are plenty of sharks! They are mainly small black tipped sharks reportedly harmless. To keep the sharks away from the anchorage it is forbidden to throw fish and food scraps over the side. On the other side of the island John and the boys feed the sharks there. We were surprised to see how close the sharks swim to shore in shallow water.

We enjoyed hearing John's stories especially about his ancestors who were reputably cannibals. John took us on a guided tour (we followed in our dinghy) of the motu with bird colonies. What a treat! The birds had been nesting on the ground and in low branches and we were privileged to see half grown chicks. The boobie and frigate chicks looked so funny with their little old man faces and big white fluffy coats. On nearby Brushwood Island were many tiny baby terns cheeping in the undergrowth. Parent tropic birds were protecting their young on the ground also. I managed to do a few small sketches of them. With so many birds flying and squawking overhead we were obviously made to feel like intruders. John didn't like to disturb them more than once a week. After a picnic under the trees we took the dinghies to a coral reef to snorkel. What clear water and bright luminous fish and large varieties of coral!

Beach fire bbqs were a nightly ritual with the yachties and John's family joining in each day. Veronica's coconut pancakes made with the flesh of a sprouting coconut were delicious and very popular. With Veronica and some of the women in the anchorage we learned to weave coconut fronds into belts, food platters and baskets. Wearing the belts, we enjoyed belly dancing incorporating Cook Island dancing to the barely audible CD music on the tiny portable DVD player powered by solar panels.
We felt truly honoured to be there. Thank you to the Cook Island people.

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03/10/2010 | Isabelle Chigros-Fraser
It sounds like we really missed out not going to Suwarrow. Oh well... next time ;) I really wanted to try a coconut crab.

Where were we last September?

On the 2nd September last year we were about to leave Bora Bora for Suwarrow, Northern Cooks.
Cruising Helmsman (Aussie yachting mag) has asked me to write about this part of French Polynesia as well as Rangiroa so keep an eye out for the articles! Our friends on Dagmar are having a lovely time in this area. Click on their website in my favourite links. James and Isabelle have posted some beautiful photos.

Anyway here's a shot of Bora Bora. I remember the yummy French brie, baguettes and cycling around to poke in little art galleries between the road and the aquamarine water of the lagoon. Do I sound like I miss being out on the water?

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02/09/2010 | Isabelle Chigros-Fraser
Yes, you do. We think you need to get out there again as soon as possible, the ocean misses you as much as you miss it :)
love Isabelle and James
One year ago... Rangiroa
14/08/2010, Tuamotus, French Polynesia

I took this photo standing on the beach in Rangiroa. Valiam's turqoise hull blends in with the clear water

I love to reminisce....especially now I have relived our voyage writing the book. We both loved Rangiroa for it's relaxed pace of living on a Pacific island as far from the rat race as you can get!

Rangiroa, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
After a rough ride as the wind rose to more than 25 knots, with uncomfortable wind waves, as well as a squall, we managed to enter the pass at high tide on the 15th August, 2009. It was wide enough and the two white markers were good leads. Our new C Map was spot on which was great in such poor visibility. It was stressful approaching the atoll in those conditions. Anchoring was another drama as there were mooring buoys everywhere and I found it hard to keep the boat pointing in the right direction in 28 knots. It wasn't long though before we were enjoying the obligatory glass of champagne. It was sheltered inside the atoll considering the wind. Until the weather calmed down we were not going anywhere. We had plenty of fresh food and beverages on board and the gendarme could wait. Anchored outside idyllic Kia Ora Hotel, I thought that if we were feeling extravagant we would see what they had to offer. Dinner with Polynesian dancers?
My Journal 16 August:
Sunday afternoon: After falling asleep yesterday afternoon (nothing to do with the champagne) until 10pm, I awoke to a cooked dinner and the galley cleaned up. What a treat! Thank you Captain Bill! The rest of the night was rolly as the wind and swell are still up. We eventually went ashore today after Bill pumped up the inflatable dinghy.
Rangiroa is charming! It reminded me of the quiet seaside 'shacky' type places we used to frequent in the 70s and 80s in our kombi. The locals living in relaxed dwellings along the beach didn't mind if we walked along in their yards to reach our dinghy. The road is ideal for bicycle riding and the tiny local store has all the essentials and promises to have baguettes tomorrow.

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18/08/2010 | Isabelle Chigros-Fraser
Hey, must be strange being back in the rat race after all those amazing experiences, not sure if im looking forward to that...

08/08/2010, Mooloolaba

This photo was taken of Shanty, now Pink Lady when we were berthed in Kawana Waters Marina between September and November 2007 just prior to Valiam leaving her home port for 2 years to circumnavigate the world. (the long way)

I bought Jessica Watson's book today, 'True Spirit' and recognised the name Shanty. My journal entry:

Thursday 27th September 2007
We were now berthed at Kawana Waters Marina which was much easier to get jobs done on the boat. How I appreciated being to step on and off the boat as well as the hot showers in the amenities block. It was easier for friends and family to visit us too. Next to us is a small yacht called Shanty whose owner Trevor is a friendly chap, often stepping off to work with his brief case. We chatted about our coming voyage and although he said he enjoyed sailing along the east coast, he was now ready to sell Shanty. Occasionally we had a glass of wine together, enjoying the sunsets. We weren't to know then, that Shanty was to become a very famous boat. Jessica Watson's sponsor bought her and she was renamed Ella's Pink Lady. Jessica, a local girl, became the youngest person to sail around the world non stop unassisted in Ella's Pink Lady at age 16.

PS. My editor Yolande is working hard on my book Sailing in my Sarong , so publishing here we come!

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