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 :
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Salvage in my Sarong

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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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.

Isolating is like an ocean passage

12 April 2020
Bill and Linda Anderson
It’s been a while since I’ve written here. As we enjoy Easter all on our own, not having seen the family ( except by video messenger) for several weeks I’m reminded of the times we were cruising. For weeks away from land and away from family. At least now we can go to town to buy groceries and other essentials. On passage we make do with what we have on board and make things last.

Our longest ocean passage time-wise was 25 days from the US Virgin Islands to tge Azores in the North Atlantic. ( in Lati 31ft) Our longest passage in nautical miles was Galapagos to Marquesas at 3054nm which we completed in an amazing 17 days in Valiam ( 45ft and sails fast).

So now we sit in front of a beautiful open fire under the stars in northern NSW. The current situation of social distancing, closed cafes bars and shops, border control and loss of jobs seems like a different world. We are lucky. We are well and have a house and a boat as well as good food to eat. A very good time to reflect

Latest boat built by Captain Underpants

08 January 2020
Bill and Linda Anderson

Clarety the Argie15 plywood sailing dinghy Captain Underpants built to teach the grandkids to sail . She was launched on the Clarence river in Iluka, NSW. First trip with Joe, Tahlia and Annika. Second trip with Uncle Anthony and Geordi.
All went well..... then trip number 3 with the Captain and Linda was aborted after the first ever capsize in 43 years sailing together! Linda untangled herself from the rigging, rescued the oars while the captain stood on the centre board. With the help of Anthony Clarety was upright again but full of water which was bailed out once ashore. Funnily enough the kids were too busy playing to notice the capsize!
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 - Colombia
Photos 1 to 118 of 118 | Valiam (more albums below) (Main)
our  tour operators : Andres (guide), driver and Gerard (organiser)
part of wall around Old Cartagena
the fort
the Fort Cartagena
Gringos tour bus visiting Villa Rosita
another shot with Andres family
Young people hanging out Villa Rosita
playground - note safety features! Villa Rosita
Andres with his little cousin Ronaldo
The square - Villa Rosita
Bernadette with Kelly and Ronaldo
Aunt Nacira with Andres
Adam and Bill in street of Andres house
typical Cartagena house
street scene just outside Cartagena
Los Lagos lunch - countryside Cartagena
flowers in gardens Los Lagos
Roger and Bernadette (France - Guerelec)
hungry female dog received our left overs
Los Lagos
Sunday - visiting family at the cemetry
bird in the park Los Lagos
Boca Grande Cartagena - lifeguards and rows of hire tents on the beach
Boca Grande - beachside accommodation for rich Columbians
anciet script inside the Monastry
Refreshments inside the airconditioned mini bus - Linda and Bronwyn
Monastry courtyard
part of interior decoration Monastry Cartagena
church inside Monastry Cartagena
view of Cartagena city. Can you see Valiam?
Bronwyn and sloth outside Monastry Cartagena
Capt Bill had to try the local food from the street side carts Cartagena
street scene Cartagena
view from piazza having a sunset drink Cartagena
Amy and Jack feeding the pigeons outside Museo de Art Moderno
One of many beautiful doors Caratgena
Outlandish icereams in aircondtioning - heaven! Bill, Adam, Jack, Amy and Bronwyn
Buskers Cartagena
Our favourite square Caratagena
street scene Cartagena
Colombian snack food
Peaceful demonstration - rightf for students of African descent Cartagena
2000 year old gold Gold Museo Cartagena
Gold Museo exhibit Cartagena
symbolic goldwork Cartagena
primitive carvings Museo Orro Cartagena
Meow! Gold Museo
2000 year old artefact Godl Museo Cartagena
One of many building decodrations Cartagena
bulustrades! Cartagena
famous nude sculture Cartagena
here she is again
View from courtyard wine bar Cartagena
Cartagena street
one of many ornate door fittings Cartagena
more CArtagena architecture
hidden courtyard cafe Cartagena
typical building Cartagena Old Town
Rich house courtyard - Bronwyn and I drew this one. Cartagena
Bronwyn chatting to buskers Cartagena
Sketching in piazza Bolivar Caratagena
Buskers performing Colombian dance piazza Cartagena
Clarinet player and Colombian dancers
The band Piazza Bolivar Cartagena
here they are again Colombian dancing
Beautiful Colombian face - fruit lady
Clarinet player
Bronywn with the fruit ladies Cartagena
Fruit ladies again Cartagena
Horse and cart Cartagena
Bronwyn with tout Cartagena
love CArtagena
Museo Art Moderno - Bronwyn
Cartagena street Old Town
Art - Museo Moderno Art
more art- work in honour of Modigliani
A popular artwork - Museo Moderno Art
Artist of previous photo
Cartagena courtyard Old Town
Adam reading
Artwork in restaurant Alano Cartagena
Clube Nautico - a couple of
Bronwyn consulting Spanish dictionary restaurant Cartagena
Piazza Bolivar - Linda
Aussie tourists
Old World Charm Cartagena
Cartagena at night
typical building Cartagena
Fernando insisted we take his photo Cartagena
La BARCA CREW  Adam Bronwyn Jack and Amy Cartagena
sunset Old Town Cartagena
Our neighbour La Barca Cartagena
Our view from Valiam Cartagena
Capn Bill
AIS ship plotter goes mad in the harbour! Cartagena
Madonna statue Cartagena harbour
Cartagena harbour
Grey black pelicans greet us Cartagena harbour
Centro Cartagena - view as we sailed towards the city
Colombia flag (and quarantine flag)
Our first view of Cartagena
Small tuna - dinner on the way
Pre haircut Bill
La Barca sunset Cabo de la Vela
Fresh lobster for dinner!
Bill being taxi to and from Valiam
Amy and Jack with lobster Cabo de la Vela
Cabo de la Vela fishermen
fisher man again
The deal is sealed fishermen Cabo de la Vela for 2 lobsters
La Barca sails off ahead
Cabo de la Vela headland
Grey black pelicans

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