2013: Peter and Helane sailed Velella through Indonesia via the Eastern Route.
This is the story in poems and prose of their experience of the intense culture and hospitality of Indonesia. Peter survived a severe tropical ulcer en route . When it was suggested he fly home he quipped "I'm going home by boat or box."
2014: Velella is in Malaysia, Peter aboard!
SAILING HISTORY: 1972-2012 sailed about 60,000 sea miles. 1972 crewed on PETREL, a Fyfe design, 42', wooden sloop, Melbourne to Cooktown. 1973 crewed on LUANE, 28' wooden sloop, Darwin to Bali. 1975-1982 helped build DIONYSUS with Peter Balding 1982-1987 sailed DIONYSUS, Alan Buchanan design, 37' round bilge steel sloop, with husband Peter Balding and son Dyon. World circumnavigation via Red Sea, Suez and Panama. 1994-2000 Helped build VELELLA with Peter Balding 2000-2003 sailed VELELLA, French design, 40' steel multi-chine sloop, with Peter Balding and son Xanthus, Melbourne, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomons, PNG, Melbourne. 2007 crewed on FIRST LIGHT, an Adams 12, Sydney-Lord Howe, and Sydney-Hobart races. 2010-2012 sailed VELELLA with Peter, Melbourne, Vanuatu, Chesterfield Reefs /twice.