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: valiam1@hotmail.com)
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 : valiam1@hotmail.com
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Bill has Bohemian in Iluka now

21 May 2018
26ft Bohemain made it across the Iluka/Yamba Bar at midnight recently. Luckily it was flat as bar crossings at night are not always the best idea! Bill was assisted by crew member Mark to sail her from Coffs Harbour. Bohemian now lives on her mooring in Iluka Harbour, NSW waiting for a little jaunt up the Clarence with the grandkids.

If you like tales about small boats, you may like to read about the 4 years we spent on 31ft Lati, a 50 year old wooden yacht designed by Kim Holman. Rescued in the US Virgin Islands followed by our longest ocean crossing of 25 days to the Azores then Portugal, through the Med to Greece and Turkey. All in my 2nd book with masses of colour pictures
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Bohemian in Coffs Harbour

21 April 2018
I thought I should update you all especially the non Facebookers on Bohemian, the 1977, 26ft Folkboat Bill bought on Gumtree. She was on a mooring in Port Stephens and a few weeks ago he went down to move her across to Albatross marina engineless, install the engine he repaired and lift her out for antifouling. After all those jobs were completed, he returned recently with youngest brother Chris to sail her north.

Bohemian has a mooring waiting for her in a Iluka. Unfortunately the winds weren’t favourable and with a stop at Hat Head the boys only got her as far as Coffs Harbour.

Yesterday Captain Underpants planned to sail her solo to Iluka stopping at North Solitary islands for a rest. Again the weather Gods decided to increase the strength of the southerly winds and throw in thunderstorms and heavy rain and lighting for good measure. So we drove back to Iluka. The plan is to wait for another weather window with nice weather with winds less than 20 knots. A crew member would be good as Bohemian has no self steering. Another adventurous bloke would be good because princess Linda prefers comfortable Valiam.

I remember when we sailed up the coast in 1980 in a 24ft Van der Stadt we stopped at Coffs for a while. We met a young man on a folk boat who is a dwarf. There was enough head room for him!

Women Who Sail Australia Gathering 2018

17 April 2018
This was the 3rd Women Who Sail Australia Gathering in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens. And what a wonderful few days it was! I got to hang out with a crowd of warm hearted and funny women sailors in a 3 bedroom apartment on the waterfront walking distance from the Gathering. ( I think there were 9 of us at one stage!) So many inspirational women attended including Charlotte Kauffman who flew in from the USA of Rebel Heart fame. So honoured to meet her and hear her incredible story of courage when she and her small children and husband were rescued from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. And then our own Lisa Blair who sailed solo around Antarctica. I couldn't help remembering speaking to her live at last years Gathering then the shock of her dismasting in the Southern Ocean 2 days later. But with her determined spirit she soldiered on to complete her mission.
I also enjoyed early morning yoga each day with the lovely Leanne Hembrow feeling blissful and calm among so many wonderful women.

Meanwhile my darling Captain Underpants was preparing to sail his recent project boat Bohemian, a Folkboat with his brother to Iluka.

An eventful and memorable few days in Port Stephens. Pic is of me, Linda with Lisa and Charlotte

Introducing ‘Bohemian’, Bills latest project

31 March 2018
Bohemian is a 26ft Folkboat built in Australia in 1976. She is currently moored down in Port Stephens. This project is a Gumtree one this time! Bill has been down to work on Boho in preparation for her sail up the coast to Iluka. She needed a hip tow over to the boatyard as the engine was still in the car after Bill repaired it at home.

She had a large number of barnacles which he removed and with a day’s work painting on antifoul and back in the water to get her engine in and going. Still some adjustments to be made.

So soon she will head out to sea for the 200 or so nautical mile trip up to Iluka where a mooring has been allocated. Bills bother Chris will be crew this time while I, Linda will support and cheer them on from land.
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: valiam1@hotmail.com)
About:
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. [...]
Extra:
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 [...]
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Valiam 's Photos - Colombia
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our  tour operators : Andres (guide), driver and Gerard (organiser)
part of wall around Old Cartagena
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the fort
the Fort Cartagena
Andres
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
Linda
Linda
Linda
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
 
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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: valiam1@hotmail.com)
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 : valiam1@hotmail.com
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