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

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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 - Panama Canal - Colon to Balboa
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Valiam anchore Mi Playita Panama city
Safe softfall for playground?
KUNA inidian threading on my bracelet
Bronwyn and Linda´s matching kuna bracelets
Little ship big ship see Valiam?
Anchored Panama city
Infinity and Valiam
Valiam adn launch
in the locks
Linda and James
Valiam from La Barca
little ship big ship
Gatun
Gatun
sailing into Colon
All tyred up ready for the Panama canal
Valiam sailing into Colon
passing the ships
Valiam from La Barca
Kuna Yala anchorage
capn Bill
this should be in the San Blas album! Linda and Bill with jack and Amy
LInda and bill
us again
Linda
vice capn Linda in the Panama locks
all tyred up
our advisor jumps on board
capn Bill
Valiam and Panama canal crew
Gatun lake buoy
Glad its all over but hey what an amazing experience!
Our line handlers with skipper - James,Kathy, Bill and Nick
Entering Miraflores locks
Mraflores
Ooooh we got a bit close there! Miraflores
still a bit close
Thats better - La Barca, Infinity and Valiam nested together
Miraflores
Miraflores
going down - these are out of order
here we come
Miraflores
The 3 yachts
can you see us?
On the lake - little ship Valiam
getting ready to go in
Gatun lock - see our masts behind the ship
on Gatun lake
see the 3 masts behind the ship
herewe go - too close to that wall!
Gatun lock
3 buddies
dum di da - here we go
going down to the Pacific
one of the bridges
Infinity ahead
If we go in a straight line - not far to Oz (less than 8000m!)
The Pacific Ocean!
This is it - hello home The Pacific!
In the last lock
Miraflores lock
Open Sesame!
Nick - Miraflores
tourist watching us Miraflores
Kathy
Panama canal built more than 100 years ago. water going down....
The ´monkey fist´
James passing rope to Mike on Infinity
Keeping fenders in place Nick and Mark (skipper Infinity)
Mark and Nick, Kathy
Panama line handlers - long way up!
she´s a close fit - Valiam and Infinity
Panama liner handler
happy captain
Mark and Crew
Advisor with helmsperson Lee
Party on the lake Linda and jenny
the girls Bronwyn, Lee, Linda and Jenny
Big ship little ship Valiam
Adam´s pina colada
cosy together
James
First lock gates Gatun
Infinity and La barca already rafted waiting for Valiam
Our companion ship in Gatun lock
Bill motoring in lake keeping out of the way of ships
making the canal wider
waiting at the flats anchorage
Off we go
La Barca - note tyre fenders
Gatun lake
Baby bear (La Barca), Papa Bear (Infinity) and Mama Bear (Valiam)
Valiam following
Tyres on ready to go
Shelter Bay Marina. Valiam amongst the cruising cats
typical well endowed manniquin - Colon shop window
The Aussie catamaran stting off on its fateful journey to the canal. Broke down and stuck in Gatun Lake with Bill on board...
Approaching Colon Harbour
La Barca sailing into Colon
 
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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