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
Number of copies of each book you would like
Salvage in my Sarong

Gutsy Sailing Sisters reunite in Mooloolaba nearly 50kg lighter

10 July 2018
Lyndy and Linda on board together in Mooloolaba.

Yesterday I was so excited to meet up with my sailing friend Lyndy due to arrive in Mooloolaba with her beautiful family on board their catamaran. Lyndy messaged me after leaving Moreton Island worried about the bar crossing into Mooloolaba as last year it was silted up making things difficult for entry. I wandered down to the break water and could see it was almost flat calm at around 3pm. So I took photos to reassure them. The dredge is currently near the entrance on the western side. It's certainly done its job ensuring a safe and straightforward entry once again.

As the wind was cool, I opted for the comfort of our boat Valiam in Mooloolaba Marina as I can see the river from our cockpit. Lyndy messaged me once they were through the entrance and we waved to each other as they motored up the river to their berth at another marina.

Lyndy and I first met in person at the first Women Who Sail Gathering in Port Stephens in 2016. I remember she gave me a big hug after the dinner panel where I was a guest speaker alongside Kristi Foster, Lisa Blair and Jessica Watson. That night was a bit of a blur for me and unfortunately we didn't get a photo of us together.

We continued chatting on line via Women Who Sail Australia when 1 year ago we were both inspired by photos of another sailing sister Caitlin who had lost a huge amount of weight. Unknown to each other both Lyndy and I contacted her at the same time to enquire about Caitlin's weight loss voyage. So in July last year we began our separate weight loss voyages with Caitlin as our mentor.

So not only are we connected through sailing but something a lot more personal and life changing. We have been following a gut health program called Gutsy. Within 30 days I lost 8.5 kilos and by 3 months 20 kg. I have now lost a total of 28.6 kg and Lyndy has lost 20kg. But the health benefits of this program are incredible. We feel so much better from the inside out. It's all healthy food too! I wondered how I was going to go without a glass of wine for 30 days but it was surprisingly easy! There are great substitutes for those sundowners!

Now both Lyndy and I are mentors for the Gutsy program helping people around the world. A perfect job for us as we sail and travel from place to place mentoring our Gutsy friends on line.

If you are interested in joining us you can email me : valiam1@hotmail.com
Or contact me through Facebook.

Lati gets attention in Whitsunday Times

13 June 2018
Although I don't agree with the journalists description of rickety and pathetic for Lati when we first saw her she will get some attention this Sunday in Airlie Beach. I did say she looked ‘folorn and grubby’ and became our orphan child. Lati emerged like a princess once Bill had worked on her to carry us safely over the oceans from the Caribbean to Turkey.

We will be having a bit of fun wearing Sarongs and Tiaras while I sign copies of my books Sailing in my Sarong & Salvage in my Sarong. Come say hi if in Airlie and enjoy a glass of bubbly with me.

Whitsunday Times News article

Book Signing in Airlie Beach

06 June 2018
This is going to be fun! Thank you to BJ at Beach Books Boutique!

The blurbs on Linda’s books - Sailing and Salvage in my Sarong

05 June 2018
Hi Everyone - I thought I’d put the blurbs for both my books here for easy reference! Both are packed with coloured images and are $39.95. Scroll to pay button below or if you are in Airlie Beach on the 17Th June, come to Beach Book Boutique to my book signing! Event on my Facebook page.

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.

SALVAGE IN MY SARONG 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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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