314 pages ~ 181 photos and maps
postage worldwide included
One of the world’s greatest adventures – Following Flinders wake around Australia – 9,000 nautical miles across six climatic zones. Jack and Jude have been exploring Earth for more than 40 years and in Two’s a Crew we search our homeland of Australia comparing it with what we had seen on early travels. Our homemade yacht takes us through crocodile infested waters to some of the world’s oldest rock paintings, into pristine coral atolls, and through Hell’s Gates itself.
Back in 1969 when Jack and Judith first arrived in the sunburnt country, there was space everywhere with a feeling of ‘she’ll be right’ that encouraged us to not only start a family, but to also start the construction of a 12 metre sailing yacht. Three years of really hard work saw Banyandah, which means “home on the water” come alive. Our sons were walking by then so we grabbed the dream of sharing nature and adventure with our children before what seemed mandatory school years.
Around the world touching eighty countries
Jason was three, Jerome just two when the Four J’s began a journey into the unknown with little sailing experience. Frightened and unsure, there were mountainous obstacles to overcome while our sea roving life took us around the world, touching eighty countries in an odyssey that lasted not the one year imagined, but the next fifteen.
But that was then. Life has moved on. Jack and Jude are grandparents now. Our physical forms have weakened, our confidence has been tempered, but we’ve always heard the call of the wild beckoning us to again witness Nature in all her glory.
A planet in peril
The industrial revolution has seen humans increasingly dominate the wild kingdom, upsetting the balance of Nature. And while no one would deny the improvements enjoyed today, Jack and Jude often wonder if man’s growing impact isn’t robbing all Earth’s creatures of a better life.
A good read
While exploring this ancient country so harsh and yet filled with mysteries that still baffle the greatest minds, Jack and Jude have written stories peppered with historical notes woven into the fabric of two grandparents alone, manning a powerful sailing craft through some of the world’s most dangerous waters. These became the mainstay of our first book:
Two’s a Crew
Readers’ Comments ~
Excellent yarn, Lovely ending, Really enjoyed reading it.
It’s a fantastic book that warrants a second and third read. Chock full of tips and hints for the not so experienced, history woven through in an interesting way, and a great story. Sailing story, love story, history, travel – what more could a reader want?