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: valiam1@hotmail.com)
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
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

Exploring the Esk river by dinghy

24 January 2021 | Esk River, Bunjalung National Park,
Bill and Linda Anderson
The big plywood dinghy Bill built for Valiam is now on a trailer in Iluka. It was a beautiful day so a trip to explore the Esk river was a great idea. Once launched we enjoyed the changing scenery along the river. We saw the evidence of the fires a year ago but the forest is recovering well, especially with all the rain we’ve had recently. I took lots of photos and feel inspired to create some new artwork. Upon our return, just as we lifted the dinghy on to the trailer 3 official looking gentlemen came to greet us. Two police officers and one from Fisheries I think. They wanted to check if we had any fishing gear and even looked in the dinghy’s hatches! I think we finally convinced them we were sailors and not interested in fishing! They appeared interested that the big dinghy was built from plywood and we had used it as a tender for our trip to Lord Howe Island. They were polite enough but it was a surprise to see them down the muddy track where we launched the dinghy!

Another boat rescued from the tip

23 January 2021
Bill and Linda Anderson
This is a Haines Hunter 1971 V1 63
Kept the captain busy with another project.

Enjoying Lisa Blair’s inspirational book ‘Facing Fear’

04 November 2020
Bill and Linda Anderson
Lying in the saloon on board Valiam, I'm getting into Lisa Blair's book. Even though I followed her blog and got to know Lisa ( and her mum Linda) personally, I am riveted. To sail around Antarctica solo was her dream and she did it , surviving losing her mast and rig in violent seas. Along with 1000s of followers I was anxious and worried but she managed. 1000 miles from Cape Town she bravely sailed in under jury rig. Incredible. As a member of Women Who Sail, I used social media to make sure Lisa had a welcome committee when she arrived. Messages flew around the world between us women sailors who knew someone in Cape Town to support her. The crew of Delos took camera gear to out by dinghy to photograph Lisa coming in. I stayed up to receive those photos - it was just so exciting.

Lisa's grit and determination got her through the gruelling task of repairs determined to complete her circumnavigation of Antarctica. She truly is incredible. Ok back to reading the book. I can't put it down.
Click here for Lisa's blog 'Lisa Blair Sails the World'...

Look how shiny Valiam is!

20 August 2020 | Lawries Boat Services, Orana St Buddina Qld 4575
Bill and Linda Anderson
Bill scraped the barnacles off Valiam's bottom, sanded and painted her with antifoul so she should slide through the water now. We've got Ashby boatbuilders to polish the hull and WOW! That chalky residue is gone and she looks lovely! Thanks guys!
Lawries boatyard in Kawana Waters is a great place to do any boat work. Reasonable prices, friendly people and clean facilities. I checked the Ladies and very clean! For Valiam (45ft/13.7m length) it's $100 a day. Kieran the manager said mention my name and you will receive 5% off!
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
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