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Hooray! First place!

My first writing contest win since third grade! I am delighted that my article “Pot of Gold” (about sailing in Sydney Harbour, December 2014 issue of Cruising World) won first place in the “Destinations” division of the Boating Writers International contest. Continue reading…

Pacific Crossing Notes - coming soon!

Pacific sailing

Watch for our new title, coming soon! Pacific Crossing Notes: a Sailor’s Guide to the Coconut Milk Run covers everything from preparation, weather, and safety to detailed information on the island groups of the Coconut Milk Run: the trade-wind route from the Americas to Australia. Continue reading…

A Tropical Christmas Concoction

In Port Antonio, Jamaica, a simple errand turns into a new friendship and a glimpse into local ways… just in time for the holidays! Continue reading…

A Feast to Remember

A family of sailors goes to Tonga for the sailing and comes away with a new appreciation for feasting. A story of unlikely friendships and generosity in the South Seas. Continue reading…

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From Liveaboard Sailor to Landlubber

A sailor who read my article about selling our boat in Australia asked: Are you left standing there on the dock with all your family possessions? What then? How do you deal with the “stuff”? What will your family do next? Continue reading…

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Many Hands Make Light Work

You’d think that a solitary South Seas anchorage filling up with sixty sailors aboard six charter catamarans would spell bad news for the handful of full-time cruisers already moored there. Instead, it was the prelude to one of our fondest South Pacific memories. Continue reading…

On the trail of The Silver Spider, Part 4: on location in Portobelo

Panama’s Portobelo is a gem of a place for modern-day sailors – in fact and in fiction. After visiting Portobelo, Panama aboard my sailboat in 2012, I wrote a magazine article about the “beautiful port.” Eventually, echoes of that piece worked their way into my novel… Continue reading…

The Benefits of Extended Travel as a Family

I was asked to write about the benefits of extended travel as a family for the Australian Camper / Campervan magazine, Time to Roam (February/March 2014 issue). In brief, some of the benefits are: perspective, the magic of family time, appreciating limited resources, exhaling (ie.relaxing) and learning to schedule free time. Continue reading…

The Laundry’s Day Out

Not every sailor does their laundry in a bucket. But hand washing has its hidden charms, especially on a quiet Pacific island like Vanuatu’s Erromango…
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All Treat, No Trick: Halloween in Tonga

Just how do you “do” Halloween in a remote Pacific anchorage?
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