THIS BOOK is medium/large format 200mm x 250mm, with over 400 colour photos: plus maps, a drawing of Libelle; and an extensive glossary and comprehensive inventory.
At the age of eight, I discovered boats – from then I yearned to own one. Living in a poor family, that was not likely to happen for a long time. At fifteen I learnt navigation. But I never thought that fifty years later, strange coincidences would see me put my savings into a small yacht, and sail around the world.
Why did I give up house and job for a risky challenge and an uncertain future? What drove me to take a plunge that most people only dream about?
The voyage took two and a half years, covered 30,000 miles, and visited 130 ports in 39 countries.
I sailed two sections alone, but 14 people sailed at different times – many were friends, some were backpackers. And I met my father in England (for the second time). There was much to see of personalities and myself.
Despite the many challenges, pirates, and disparate cultures, I returned safely, amazed at what I describe as audacity.
Sail me round the world is ultimately a tale of achieving goals with careful planning and commitment. And it’s an interesting look at personal behaviours.
It’s a call to take action in life; or to watch it from your armchair.
I was born in Sydney in 1942. My father, an actor, moved to England when I was six. So, with no male role model, I explored nearby Sydney Harbour and found other men and boats. Teachers and boys bullied me at school, so I seek to be compassionate and fair. Boating, the bush, electronics, and people were my passions. I started bushwalking at 14, and later embraced cross-country skiing. The Tasmanian Wilderness Society made me an Honorary Life Member: As recognition of your significant contribution over many years to wilderness preservation in Australia. My relatives included classical musicians, so they may have directed me towards the arts and design. I have worked in engineering design with University of NSW, and CSIRO; in administration with National Parks, radio 2MBS-FM, and the Discovery program for teenagers; and as technical writer with the Department of Education, Konica Minolta, and BHP. In 2003 I left Sydney in Libelle to sail around the world, returning in October 2005.