Sailing in my Sarong Around the World

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

Sailing in my Sarong at Iluka Emporium

09 November 2018
Many of you may know that I am one of the artists at the co-operative gallery called Iluka Emporium in Iluka, NSW. Iluka is on the Clarence river and a lot quieter than Yamba. That's why we like it. Bill has his folk boat Bohemian moored here and we are building a granny flat for a more comfortable beach escape than camping in the shed. Valiam our mothership is berthed in Mooloolaba so we have our other home when we are there. The beauty of being self funded retirees! Except we seem to be busier than ever! But doing projects we both enjoy.

Iluka Emporium is a not for profit incorporation now and we are supportive of local artists and community projects. You will often find musicians playing on the deck and various workshops. Whoever is on duty ( we all volunteer a few days a month) will be up for a chat. Iluka Emporium is open Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon from 9 - 3. Every day in the school holidays. The Iluka Emporium is in the main Street (it's not very big!) 61 Charles St.

You will see my corner in the Emporium as you walk in. Both my books and my artwork are on display. My books are signed if you happen to buy one when I'm not there. Come browse our gorgeous treasure trove of hand made works and collectibles. I'm usually there every second Friday but also volunteer extra days occasionally. Look forward to seeing you. If you are on your boat in the harbour it's not far to walk. Cheers Linda
Link to the Emporiums website
Photo : That's Captain Underpants in the armchair!

Saris saris in Nadi Fiji

12 September 2018
One of the main reasons I wanted to spend a few days in Nadi after the yoga retreat in Muscat Cove was to buy saris. There is something magical, and just simply gorgeous about seeing a woman in a sari.

Wearing a sari makes me feel glamorous or just simply feminine. Everyone knows I'm a girlie sailor and a sari is just a longer version of a Sarong. Women around the world wear lengths of fabric in many different ways. In PNG it's called a lap lap. In French Polynesia pareo. In Tanzania a kanga. In other African and Asian countries as well as the Middle East lengths of gorgeous fabric is draped around a woman's body in so many different ways. But a sari often has the extra special bling, a pretty crop top and the shops are like a visual rainbow. The women in the shop took extra care to dress me and loved that I wear saris at home on special occasions. Can't wait for the next one.

Pirate Day Muscat Cove Regatta Fiji

11 September 2018
As part of a yoga and Gut Health retreat organised by my sailing friend Leanne Hembrow, I was invited to take part in Pirate Day sailing to Beachcomber Island on board Leanne and John’s catamaran ‘Songlines’.

I had put together a costume as a pirate wench from an op shop in Australia before I left. At first I felt silly boarding a yacht in fishnet stockings but was happy to see another 2 women also in fishnets! I could poke my toes through so quite ok getting around!

I am pictured with Tuyet above and a friend. Hers are the more elaborate stockings and we all joked about what sort of sun tan she might get.

Such a fun day for all on board. Beachcomber Island was full of people in amazing pirate costumes. As I got out of the dinghy I was dragged by the arm by a handsome savage in a grass skirt. ‘We have the one!’ He said. Playing along I said I was Princess Lily from another island. Next was a tunnel of ‘hot coals’ and a tot of rum as the initiation. The feast was impressive, the laughter and good spirits loud and hilarious. But I loved watching the dancers and enjoyed taking part in one next to another good looking fellow.

The trip home was motoring against the wind and tide which Captain John made as comfortable as possible for all on board. A terrific day.


Salvage in my Sarong has just received another great review!

18 August 2018
After Sailing in My Sarong, following the peaks and troughs of Linda and Bill's 30-year dream of sailing around the world, we were looking forward to reading about their next adventure. It's unusual for sailors to down-size, it's unfathomable that seasoned boaters would purchase a boat that needs a lot of work (knowing how hard it is!), and it is completely bizarre to buy a boat un-seen from the OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD!

But is it unfathomable and bizarre or is it free-spirited and adventuresome?
Well, it couldn't be anything less for Linda and Bill (or should I say Captain Underpants!).
This story has spirit, adventure, escapade, and drama slathered all over it - and that's just the beginning.
Several metres shorter than their last boat they sail Lati from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. From tipping dinghies to exploding gearboxes this stalwart couple surge forth through the internet, across the Atlantic to live their dream of Mediterranean cuisine and European chic.
They may have rescued Lati, but that little boat helped them fulfil a life-long dream. And in a Sarong at that!

Jackie and Noel Parry
Noel and Jackie’s Journeys
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
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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