Sailing in my Sarong Around the World

World circumnavigation on yacht Valiam & Caribbean to Turkey on yacht Lati

The Adventures of Linda and Captain Underpants!

Who: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us:
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

Current Position - click on positions for log entr

Linda's books "Sailing in my Sarong" or "Salvage in my Sarong" are A$39.95 each + A$10 postage in Australia for up to 4 books. Other countries please email Linda :
Number of copies of each book you would like
Salvage in my Sarong

WRITERS BLOG TOUR – July / Aug 2014

08 August 2014 | Athens Greece to Sunshine Coast Australia
Writer's Blog Tour - July 2014

Thanks to fellow author and blogging buddy Jackie Parry who invited me to join this blog tour. I have to answer four questions posed by her, and tag two more writers to answer the same questions on their blog or FB page.

What are you working on?

Lati's Story which hasn't an official title as yet. There are a few favourites such as:
Love is a Recycled Boat
Salvage in my Sarong
A Little Latitude
Boat repairs in exotic locations
What sarong with this boat?

And a suggested blurb by Steve Allen:
An Atlantic crossing and a Mediterranean cruise on a boat bought by accident (almost) online.
Join the latest adventures of Linda and Captain Underpants when Bill's half-joking bid on a wreck in the USVI, wins. Follow the highs and lows as they ready the little "Lati" for sea and their Atlantic crossing to the romantic Med for a cruising season.
A must-read adventure that makes anything seem possible.

My new book is about how my husband surprised me (and himself ) on winning a bid on eBay for a 45 year old wooden boat half way across the world in the Caribbean. She was abandoned, had been robbed and almost stolen by pirates and a total mess when we arrived from Australia. Lati required all our stamina, devotion and funds to make her seaworthy. It's a story of love, faith and determination.

Initially I was horrified and reluctant to become involved in my husband's crazy scheme. But somehow this gallant little 31ft ship emerged like Cinderella taking us 3500 nautical miles to Portugal, the gateway of the Mediterranean. For three summers she took us on a romantic cruise to Italy, Greece and Turkey fitting easily into quaint harbours among the local fishing boats.
The voyage was not without drama as we continued to repair her engine in exotic locations. We certainly got to know the locals that way!
It's a story about a small yacht that despite being on the brink of the scrap heap, showed her strength and grace sailing across oceans keeping us safe.

How does your work feel different to others in its genre?

I write with honesty but also try to see the funny side of life. I believe that taking such a huge risk by resurrecting this abandoned boat and taking off across the world is something many people dream of. I also express myself through drawing so my artwork is an integral part of the story.

Why do you write what you do?

I write about life and have this innate desire to record, to share with others as well as make sense of the world. It's like my drawing and comes from the heart. I'm becoming more and more comfortable with sharing my thoughts and feelings with the reader.

How does your writing process work?

A lot of it is in my head and I often think long and hard about how I want to write something. But when I start it often flows in a different direction. Once it's down, it's already in the past and I have to keep moving on. Like my drawings, I try not to overwork my manuscript to keep the flow and retain what I was feeling and thinking at the time. Photos, my journal and blog entries trigger memories and feelings. I am quite undisciplined really and do need deadlines to get my writing finished.

Once the creative part is done, the other side of my brain kicks in and I go about editing and getting the manuscript ready in a hugely methodical way. I am fussy about details especially visually from the font to the images.

Thanks for visiting, now the baton goes to .......

Sarah Elizabeth Edwards

Author of

'East or West, Med's Best'

Roy and Sarah Edwards have enjoyed a dramatically different lifestyle from the majority of us. For more than thirty years they lived full time aboard their cruising home, Cockatoo, which Roy first purchased back in the swinging 60's. Cockatoo, built for the British Admiralty in 1943 as a steam pinnace, was sold out of service and converted to a yacht before Roy found her in his quest for a craft which would allow him to fulfil his dream. Sarah, too, had a passion for the sea and used to gaze wistfully out over it as a child admiring its ever changing moods. "Sometimes so calm and peaceful, sometimes so rough and angry."

"East or West, Med's Best" covers the mad, glorious days of the heady 1980's before technology ruled the world as we now know it. Roy and Sarah were a couple who knew what they wanted and where they were going, who worked together with a common bond and natural understanding of what was needed and when. 'You don't have to be mad but it helps,' became another seasoned saying, always expressed with a laugh, aboard 'Cockatoo'. The tales Sarah has to tell about their experiences and the people they have met along the way make sometimes for exciting, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant reading but always, at the back of it all is that taste for adventure which brings its own understanding and compassion.

David Moor
Author of
'Adios Bondi Noir'

This novel is an intelligent, fast-paced crime drama infused with humour, snappy dialogue and compelling characters. The story is set in and around Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach.

The story's main character, Kris Lowry, is a surgeon and life-long surfer. His orderly everyday life is turned inside out when a childhood friend shows up at his door with half a million bucks in cash and disaster not far behind.

The cast of characters includes shady politicians, a surf-loving attorney with a taste for peyote, the Elvis Presley of hitmen, vintage Lambrettas, Berettas and baristas, as well as a very cool surfing grandma. With clever dialogue and finely woven plot, the story moves along at a pace that makes this a novel that readers will find hard to put down.
Vessel Name: Valiam
Vessel Make/Model: Valiam: Lidgard 45 (Single chine plywood) designed by Gary Lidgard. Built by Bill Anderson and Steve Thornalley. Lati: 31ft 1967 Kim Holman built in Barcelona. Original name Latigazo
Hailing Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Crew: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us:
Bill and Linda fufilled a 30 year dream to sail around the world. First they built a boat in a paddock in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Qld, Australia in 1994 with the help of friend Steve. [...]
CIRCUMNAVIGATION ON VALIAM: We left Mooloolaba on the 7th November 2007, sailed to Townsville, leaving Australian waters on 26th November 2007 for PNG, Palau, Philippines, Borneo, Malaysia,Singapore, Cocos Keeling islands. We crossed the Indian Ocean to Rodrigues, Mauritius,Reunion and South [...]
Valiam 's Photos - Valiam (more albums below) (Main)
12 days in paradise January 2017
76 Photos
Created 22 January 2017
Delivery trip for Captain Peter Moor
7 Photos
Created 16 September 2014
23 Photos
Created 28 April 2014
Most works are in the previous album. Here are the most recent, mostly pastels unframed drawn from life.PayPal or Direct deposit. email Linda
20 Photos
Created 14 January 2014
30 Photos
Created 2 December 2013
18 Photos
Created 27 July 2013
28 Photos
Created 12 July 2013
123 Photos
Created 21 June 2013
45 Photos
Created 15 June 2013
59 Photos
Created 31 May 2013
12 Photos
Created 15 May 2013
28 Photos
Created 28 April 2013
47 Photos
Created 31 January 2013
Aiming to sail to Tasmania and back by April
85 Photos
Created 18 January 2013
22 Photos
Created 27 December 2012
5 Photos
Created 1 October 2012
20 Photos
Created 24 September 2012
43 Photos
Created 19 September 2012
18 Photos
Created 16 September 2012
20 Photos
Created 16 September 2012
108 Photos
Created 14 August 2012
20 Photos
Created 14 August 2012
65 Photos
Created 17 July 2012
Lati's Atlantic Crossing to Azores
41 Photos
Created 17 July 2012
56 Photos
Created 8 June 2012
124 Photos
Created 16 March 2012
Rosebed st Gallery Eudlo, Queensland. PHOTOS by Marion Jonkers Photography
40 Photos
Created 19 February 2012
20 Photos
Created 5 December 2011
67 Photos
Created 7 October 2011
6 Photos
Created 28 March 2011
24 Photos
Created 16 February 2011
45 Photos
Created 27 January 2011
Pt Cartwright, Buddina, Australia
85 Photos
Created 26 December 2010
20 Photos
Created 3 July 2010
44 Photos
Created 13 June 2010
We welcomed Jessica Watson to Mooloolaba after she was the youngest to sail around the world non stop unassisted. Well done Jess
19 Photos
Created 6 June 2010
1 Photo
Created 25 May 2010
39 Photos
Created 5 May 2010
back with the family for Christmas
81 Photos
Created 26 December 2009
125 Photos
Created 24 November 2009
75 Photos
Created 14 October 2009
45 Photos
Created 5 October 2009
129 Photos
Created 5 October 2009
126 Photos
Created 30 July 2009
113 Photos
Created 28 June 2009
107 Photos
Created 6 June 2009
83 Photos
Created 4 June 2009
118 Photos
Created 19 May 2009
113 Photos
Created 14 April 2009
81 Photos
Created 6 April 2009
1994 to current day
59 Photos
Created 19 March 2009
74 Photos
Created 17 March 2009
73 Photos
Created 1 March 2009
103 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 16 January 2009
130 Photos
Created 28 December 2008
120 Photos
Created 25 November 2008
107 Photos
Created 23 October 2008
38 Photos
Created 12 October 2008
25 Photos
Created 8 October 2008
45 Photos
Created 21 September 2008
114 Photos
Created 14 September 2008
54 Photos
Created 31 August 2008
49 Photos
Created 22 August 2008
119 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 31 July 2008
83 Photos
Created 25 June 2008
6 Photos
Created 25 June 2008
12 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 1 June 2008
My work is of an expressionist nature - I capture what I see from life. I draw and paint on location using mostly pastels, inks and occasionally acrylics. Some works are framed but many arent so are easily packaged for posting. You can pay by PayPal or Direct Deposit. I am located on the Sunshine Coast, QLD< Australia
120 Photos
Created 31 May 2008
60 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 30 May 2008
36 Photos
Created 30 May 2008
38 Photos
Created 30 May 2008
34 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 30 May 2008
71 Photos
Created 30 May 2008
25 Photos
Created 30 May 2008
Valiam at Lawries Marina
24 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 28 May 2008

The Adventures of Linda and Captain Underpants!

Who: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us:
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

Current Position - click on positions for log entr

Linda's books "Sailing in my Sarong" or "Salvage in my Sarong" are A$39.95 each + A$10 postage in Australia for up to 4 books. Other countries please email Linda :
Number of copies of each book you would like
Salvage in my Sarong
"You just sit on the boat, pull a few strings and you get there." Bill Anderson aka Captain Underpants