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New Release – The Sydney Quartet

new release Meet Me at Harry's

Latest Release:Meet Me at Harry’sDear Readers,I hope you enjoyed reading ‘Shadow House’ and ‘Flank Street’, and will go on to enjoy ‘Meet Me at Harry’s’. For those of you who are not familiar with Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, it is an iconic pie cart situated in the Sydney suburb of Woolloomooloo. (Woolloomooloo — what a […]

Vaka’etu, Vava’u

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Vaka’etu, Vava’u – one family’s paradise. Vaka’etu is a small island in Vava’u, one of the three groups of islands that form the Kingdom of Tonga. Vava’u is the northern most of the three groups and is comprised of 70 islands, only 17 of which are inhabited. In Polynesia it is told that the islands were created by […]

Learning

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Learning lessons – do you learn yours? Learning comes in many different and unexpected forms. Over the years, I’ve learned a few the easy way, and many more the hard way. Some are waiting to come at me again.noun: the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught.Learning is something we do […]

Lessons amongst the waves

It was windy here in Odenwald yesterday. We walked through the thick pine forests in the late afternoon, protected from the wind and enduring the light rain. I was glad not to be at sea. Last year at this time I was getting ready to transit the Panama Canal. After that transit, came one of […]

The Final Passage

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The decision to leave Tonga without visiting the Ha’pai group was not an easy one. However, after sitting around in Neiafu or Vaka’eitu, due to unpleasant weather, or motoring and sailing into strong winds under overcast skies we finally said enoughsenough. We both felt a sense of relief once we had made the decision, and […]

The Next Chapter

As I sail across the Tonga Trench, this current chapter of my life nears its end. The fires that in the begining burned brightly, the flames driven by winds of discovery and new horizons, are now a deep bed of glowing embers. In those leaping flames, there were many lessons. Now, memories linger in the […]

Papeete

Papeete, Tahiti

A Brief Stay in Papeete There seems to be some negativity about Papeete within the cruising community, but I loved it. The town quay was almost empty, and by the second day Next Chapter had a pontoon all to herself. It was both novel and convenient to be alongside so close to the centre of […]

Toward Tahiti

As I mentioned in the last post, the sea was bashing Next Chapter around as I sailed away from Nuku Hiva, and into short confused seas coming up from the south. I had expected it to be rough, and had prepared the boat accordingly, putting away, tying things down and jamming spare shorts between bottles […]

Panama to Nuku Hiva

It’s been a while since I’ve written on here. I’ve been off-line for the past seven weeks whilst sailing from Panama to the Marquesas, in French Polynesia. I had planned to write something for the blog whilst underway, to share that experience of life at sea. However, as it turned out the passage was so […]

Pacific Crossing

Tomorrow I leave mainland Panama and start the long trade-wind passage to the Marquesas, some 3500 nautical miles to the west. I changed head-sails today after reflecting on the passage from St Martin to Colombia. The sailing angle and wind strength were much the same as I will find on this next leg, that is, a […]