Home » Little BOAT Big SMOKE – Ep 74

We are surprised to receive an email from a couple of Cruising Kiwi followers, inviting us to join them for dinner at The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. So, we leave the hustle and bustle of life anchored in the big smoke of Brisbane, and start our journey south to The yacht Squadron Marina to be hosted by Anton and his wife Gabi.
Meanwhile, Declan injures himself, again, kite surfing, we do some boat maintenance and Rob almost misses his Air New Zealand flight and dinner!

Lunar Keller – I don’t know where I’m going
De Lune – Letting you go – Musicbed.com
De Joie – Sound of the earth – Musicbed.com
David Mumford – Ball and chain

In 1997, after a disastrous Olympic rowing campaign, Rob decided to row a seven-metre plywood boat, 2500 miles from Tenerife in the Canary Islands to Barbados in the Caribbean. It took 6 weeks and he and his rowing partner, Phil Stubbs, won the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race.
Skip forward to 2014, we invested in Javelot a 43 ft Fountaine Pajot catamaran. Armed only with Robert’s 3 years of racing P class yachts from the age of 11 to 13, and Rachel’s non existent sailing knowledge, we set off to learn the ropes of ocean sailing. We broke stuff, replaced stuff and got to know our boat before heading offshore with our three children, Finn 17, Declan 15 and Ivan 12, in tow.
Through trial and error, we have become confident wayfarers, kind of.
Our plan? To sail around the world, meet the locals and record our adventures. Part of the journey will be retracing Rob’s eldest brother Kerry’s travels at sea. Using Kerry’s original letters from the 1970’s we will re trace his movements from Australia through Indonesia and South East Asia to Cambodia where Kerry’s life was cut short after straying into Cambodian waters in 1978. Kerry and two friends were attacked by a Khmer Rouge gun boat, captured, tortured and executed.

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