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

Captain Underpants teaching littlest granddaughter how to row

27 June 2020
Bill and Linda Anderson
The outboard didn’t like old fuel so a bit of rowing fun instead.

Mooloolaba sunset

12 June 2020
Bill and Linda Anderson
Social media seems to have taken over and I’m not posting here very often. This blog has the history of 13 years of adventures so I will try to update it more frequently! Valiam has her own berth here and we haven’t sailed her for a while due to land projects but she will come into her own once more in the future I’m sure, the grand lady of 26 years she is now. Winter in Qld is as beautiful as ever.
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are safe and ok. We are fine and I guess Australia is lucky having water all around us.

Memories of Croatia

03 May 2020
Bill and Linda Anderson
Bill acquired this captains hat today which reminded me of our time in Croatia where Bill was indeed a captain on a vessel in Croatia. It was his brother's Bavaria we delivered from Krk, Croatia to Messalonghi in Greece via Italy. Peter and Ann joined us as crew. I remember the pale blues and sometimes stark islands we anchored next to.
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Here's an excerpt :
Croatia to Greece: goodbyes and preparation
05 August 2013 | Punat Marina, Krk, Croatia

It is just as hot here as in Greece and impossible to do anything between 11-6 without copious amounts of sweat, drinking water constantly and feeling frazzled. It's now 6.30pm and Bill and Peter have taken the dinghy outboard to a shady tree to pull it apart to try and make it go. Peter has just got back and has reported that the carburetor is full of salt due to being exposed and not used for a while. He is grabbing cleaning tools to hopefully rectify this problem. The fuel line and tank has water in it. A good challenge for these two who have known each other since they were in Boy Scouts. Hopefully we can hear the happy sound of vroom sooner rather than later. I don't want to leave Punat until we have an operational dinghy. Earlier before the problems were diagnosed, we thought new fuel would be good. Peter raced off with a petrol can and managed to hitch a ride into Krk in an air conditioned Audi belonging to a yacht owner and his family and dog. They kindly drove him back as well. It's great having enthusiastic crew!

This morning after John and Bill visited the harbour masters office to get the official paper work done, the rest of the family came to say goodbye. It's been a wonderful 5 days catching up and hanging out together.

John will meet us in Greece to take his boat to Bulgaria in September. Hopefully we will be on our way to an anchorage where we can swim to cool off in the next day or so.

10 August , PAG, Croatia
Our first experience of a Bora wind (strong NE) began with this big cloud. This morning at 5am it started. Average winds 20 knots for the morning with highest gusts recorded at 36 knots. The anchor held well and no other yachts here so we could let out plenty of chain. A day on board Johns yacht researching anchorages in Croatia and waiting it out.

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13 April 2020
Bill and Linda Anderson
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SAILING IN MY SARONG, Around the World - a 30 year dream
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 vibrant 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 small 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.
The Mediterranean Dream in a rescued boat
Join the latest adventures of Linda and Captain Underpants.......

Salvage in my Sarong is a remarkable story of how Linda's husband Bill surprises her (and himself), by winning an online bid for an old wooden boat, half way across the world, in the Caribbean. At first Linda is horrified and reluctant to become involved in her husband's crazy scheme. This sailing boat 'Lati', had been abandoned, ransacked and almost stolen by pirates and is a total mess when the couple arrive from Australia.

Linda's dream of sailing the Mediterranean becomes reality as somehow, this gallant 9.4 metre yacht emerges like Cinderella, taking them across the vast Atlantic to Portugal and the Med. For three summers, Lati takes them on a romantic cruise to Italy, Greece and Turkey fitting easily into quaint harbours with tavernas ashore. However, the voyage is not without drama, as they continue with boat repairs in exotic locations, making many friends along the way.

From the author of Sailing in my Sarong comes this story of resourcefulness, endurance and celebration in the forging of a strong bond between a couple and their boat, a must-read adventure that makes anything seem possible.

Linda Frylink Anderson is an artist, retired Early Childhood teacher and University tutor. She has been married to Bill aka Captain Underpants since 1977. Together they have two grown up children, three grandchildren and a thirst for adventure. Linda's first book 'Sailing in my Sarong, Around the World - a 30 year dream' is a memoir of their circumnavigation of the world in their home built yacht 'Valiam'.

Linda still likes to wear sarongs, and these days she escapes the world to her bush studio in northern New South Wales or she may be on board Valiam in Mooloolaba, Queensland if not at sea.
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 - Durban to Knysna, South Africa
Photos 1 to 130 of 130 | Valiam (more albums below) (Main)
mountains between Oudsthoorn and George
Ostrich feathers Oudsthoorn
hot ostriches
Charmain anneke Gaart and lInda
Linda with Charmain
1500s chart
view from Gaart and Anneke
Captain Bill on Dias
view from Garden route game lodge restaurant
giraffes seen from restaurant
Dias replica ship Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay Charmain and LInda
Mossel Bay bar by light house
larnie houses
Dana Bay
restaurant Knysna heads
is it true?
King size bed for elephant
Linda walking Taba elephant
with Tamelo
scenery at Tenikwa Wildlife Centre
my cheetah cub
playful bite!
Just a big pussy cat
elegant cheetah
one of the wild cats
cheetah cubs
African housing
Knysna Heads
aussie fan!
Storms river mouth
on the suspension bridge
yay what fun
from the bridge
eucalypt plantation
Natures valley
Natures valley beach
Natures valley
Knysna Yacht Club - see turquoise dinghy?
Knysna at night
pizza is dry!
looking at Knysna waterfront from Valiam
Valiam anchored Knysna
Knysna quays marina with Valiam way in the distance
knysna waterfront
friendly tourist information people
Is this Africa?
tight squeeze entering Knysna
entering knysna heads
Knysna from outside
sunset on way to Knysna
Julie & Carmen
kids at beach
Linda Port Eliz wind
Port Eliz swimmers
baby on the beach
Port Eliz esplanade
Boardwalk mall
Algoa Bay marina
proud in turquoise
Marta in news. Valiam in background
view of Valiam from yacht club- Port elizabeth
from algoa bay yacht club
new years patrons in bar
Algoa Bay yacht club Port Elizabeth
Port elizabeth harbour
Valiam Port Elizabeth
Ania out of the water
leaving East London
windy conditions
leaving East London
Buffalo River Yacht Club
one of African tribe
keith and bill
Khoi- San people
Buffalo River yacht club feast
elephant drink
with Marta and Magda
brai in the rain
Valiam and Ania Buffalo river East London
Friendly police check (with whiskey)
Linda with Yvette
Friendly managers Yvette & Keith
Marta and Magda preparing Polish delights
Marta 22 year old Polish solo circumnavigator Marta on Ania and Bill. BRYC East London
Buffalo River Yacht Club
Valiam safely tied up BRYC
tying up Valiam is strong winds East London
Yvette Manager warmly welcomes you!
from Buffalo River Yacht Club
Buffalo river East London
getting windy
on the Aghulas current
entry on board
at sea Durban to East London
south african sailing
11.3 knots on Aghulas current!
from our boat Durban
Lightning Durban Marina
more lightning Durban harbour
big one!
Japanese chef with carrot carving Durban
view form Oyster Bar Durban
relaxed captain after painting Valiam
Christmas Trifle
Chistmas trifle
Dutch kerstkrunts made by Linda
Christmas prezzies!
Christmas Day

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