Home » SAILING SAILBOAT REFIT RELAUNCH – Ep 83

Three months after the lightning strike we finally get down to the business of repairing our lightning strike damaged yacht. To add haste to our mission covid 19 makes an appearance in Australia. The looming threat of going into full lockdown while sitting on blocks in a boat yard is real and has no appeal; we gotta get out of there quick smart!
But first we do a spot of upgrading to the boat pimping up our wagon with a vinyl wrap, that we think gives it a wonderful face lift. What do you think?

Music
Luna Keller – I don’t know where I’m going
The Wild Wild – Sunshine
De Lune – Out of the dark
David Mumford -Ball and chain

WHO ARE WE?
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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