S.V. Shadow of Lorelei

Three yachts, two people, one quest.

11 July 2013 | Kota Kinabalu
10 July 2013 | East Coast Marina, Manly, Brisbane, Australia
16 February 2011 | Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
09 January 2011
22 June 2010 | Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
19 December 2009 | Subic Bay Yacht Club
12 October 2009 | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
26 July 2009 | Olongapo, Philippines
02 July 2009 | San Fernando, Philippines
01 June 2009 | Ishigaki, Japan
10 May 2009 | Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku
10 May 2009 | Tokushima, Shikoku.
10 May 2009 | Sumoto Harbour, Awaji Island, Hyogo
10 May 2009 | Kobe, Hyogo.
10 May 2009 | Nagasaki Prefecture, North Western Kyushu.
10 May 2009 | Hirado Island, North Western Kyushu
10 May 2009 | Kochi Prefecture.
10 May 2009 | Osaka
10 May 2009 | Iki Island, Nagasaki Prefecture.

Farewell Mauro

22 June 2010 | Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
Mauro died suddenly of cardiac arrest in Subic Bay, on 13 January 2010 . Our departure date from Subic had been set, and we were sharing a final 'goodbye' meal in Subic with Father Michael Duffin, a long time friend we met on our first visit to the Philippines in 1991. Father Michael, together with our friends Fran & Tom from SV Dagon, helped me with the final arrangements in Olongapo, for which I will always be grateful. I am also extremely grateful to Terry Sargent of SV Valhalla and his lovely companion Rose, who immediately and without hesitation or conditions, offered to help me sail Shadow of Lorelei to Sutera Harbour, in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, where I am now and plan to stay for the time being.

So many of Mauro's friends from the sailing and business world contacted me since then to express their grief and shock; I may have overlooked answering some emails personally - if so, I apologise; I was overwhelmed. I appreciate all of the messages and cherish them. It has taken months to find the words to write this memorial, and even now I don't feel that these words are adequate.

Mauro was a poet and a philosopher, a born leader who impacted positively on many lives. Not an academic, but a practical, insightful, yet pragmatic and empathetic person, Mauro's philosophy in life was a simple and cheerful one; he believed that he was put here on earth for some good reason, he continued searching for that reason to the end; he believed in later years that as an 'elder' he owed a debt to the young to pass on all of the wisdom he had acquired, even though they may be unwilling to accept it.

His favorite saying, especially when stuck in overwhelmingly miserable conditions (eg when leaving Japan in sustained 50 knot winds and ugly seas) was 'there's an up side to everything'; he could divert us both from our terror for hours by exploring our current circumstances to find that evasive 'up side'. He always found it too!

Many people shared in our travels through Mauro's blog site entries, designed to help new cruisers with information and advice, acquired over 20+ years of travelling and living the cruising lifestyle. Our experiences sailing through Japan and South Korea were also recorded by him in a cruising guide, which is unfortunately, not quite complete. A lot of port information has, however, been provided to the Sail Japan website, and I will do my best to bring his 2 years of work to a stage where it can be published online.

His working career was amazingly diverse; he was gifted and creative in many areas, a wordsmith and a visual creator, as well as an entrepreneur; in his early career he managed rock groups, which led to management of famous overseas artists who travelled to Australia; he worked as an underwater welder/diver on oil rigs, and in the UK as an industrial relations manager. He worked as an editor of a business publication, followed by a time as a festival organiser; he spent a period working as a management consultant to small business, a partner in a printing company, and director of a performance management and training group. His professional design skills were put to use most recently in our Storagespace retail stores. He loved color and design, as a hobby recently designing name cards for his yachtie friends, and short films for his much loved grandkids. His greatest frustration was his writing, which he worked at all his life. I have left out at least half of his achievements, there were so many things he did well.

He was an amazing man who would never compromise or take the easy way out. The world will miss him.
Vessel Name: Shadow of Lorelei
Vessel Make/Model: Lord Nelson 41, cutter rigged sloop
Hailing Port: Brisbane, Australia
Crew: Mauro Migliorelli & Pauline Wilkinson
Commodores in the Seven Seas Cruising Association. Members of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. We started our cruising life in 1986, left Australia and cruised Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo, Philippines and Hong Kong on S.V. "Lorelei II", a hard chine, Breekveldt [...]
Home Page: www.shadowoflorelei.com
Shadow of Lorelei's Photos - (Main)
Just a few pictures of our pride and joy, to make you envious
22 Photos
Created 10 July 2013
Photos of the boatyard, floating pens and workshops at the Drydock, Pt Carmen.
6 Photos
Created 20 May 2013
Philippine Navy Assist after breakdown in South China sea
15 Photos
Created 22 October 2009
A stop in Southern Taiwan
14 Photos
Created 22 October 2009
A very friendly marina and yacht club for foreign cruisers
8 Photos
Created 13 January 2009
A brief trip to visit friends in the United Arab Emirates
15 Photos
Created 23 December 2008
Side Trip to the Original capital of Japan
12 Photos
Created 3 December 2008
Read all about it!!
5 Photos
Created 3 September 2008
Some articles that have appeared about us
3 Photos
Created 3 September 2008
Sights in a place less travelled
20 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 31 July 2008
Places that we have visited with or without Shadow of Lorelei
47 Photos
Created 15 June 2008
9 Photos
Created 25 October 2007
78 Photos
Created 25 October 2007
15 Photos
Created 25 October 2007
56 Photos
Created 4 October 2007
Views and sights of Huis Ten Bosch Park and Marina
12 Photos
Created 2 October 2007
Some of the creative and "missed-by-that-much" signage in Japan
24 Photos
Created 2 October 2007
16 Photos
Created 2 October 2007
Sea and land travels in Japan
12 Photos
Created 26 September 2007
9 Photos
Created 3 September 2007

S.V. Shadow of Lorelei

Who: Mauro Migliorelli & Pauline Wilkinson
Port: Brisbane, Australia

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