Two’s a Crew


314 pages ~ 181 photos and maps

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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.

“I love your evocative descriptive passages. Judith’s presence is felt throughout, sharing the same strength, courage and love of the wild as her man.”
Margaret Muir, Author of Floating Gold, Sea Dust, Black Thread, & Condor’s Feather

Banyandah, a home on the waterbulk save

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.

Australia’s Premier Magazine
This narrative of lives well lived is highly recommended.

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.

“Great reading! Felt I was experiencing some of the world beautiful places. Also learnt something about sailing and decisions one has to make to be safe.”
Graham Swannell – Head of Design Aeronautical Engineers Australia

Grandchildren now
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.

“Unfortunately I’ve finished reading your book. Because it was a bloody good read!
When does the next one come out?” Petrea Heathwood – Cruising Helmsman Magazine

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.

“Pearls of wisdom for motivation! Absolutely loved your book, a favourite on my bookshelf.” Rosemary Bartle, Darwin

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

This narrative of lives well lived is highly recommended.Two’s a Crew is a cruising narrative by Jack and Jude Binder of their circumnavigation of Australia between February 2007 and June 2009. As they say in their first chapter, the story really starts many years before.Having met while back-packing around Europe, they married in England before setting off in a VW van to travel through Africa. On arrival in Australia in 1969 they set about building Banyandah, a 12m ferrocement yacht. By the time of the launch three years later the family had grown to include two sons under the age of four with whom they began a fifteen year odyssey exploring the world by sea. Banyandah then spent as many years on their front lawn before the decision was made to re-experience the pleasures of the cruising life by ‘following in the wakes of Flinders and King’.The voyage starts and finishes at Ballina on the NSW north coast and proceeds anticlockwise with the highlights being on the WA northwest and Tasmania’s southwest coasts.The principle voice of the book comes from Jack Binder through which his affection for his wife and his love of the planet are never in doubt. Although the story of the cruising adventure is always the main focus there are short philosophical digressions which display a constant thread of wonder and amazement in the natural world about them, as well as a fear for its future.

Readers’ Comments ~

Petrea McCarthy, Ideas Locker Cruising Helmsman

Where Wild Winds BlowExcellent 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?

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Caitlin and Michael ~ “Bass Voyager” — 2 Comments

  1. Dear Jack & Jude,

    You names and great experiences in your adventure in life to date, were drawn to my attention by John Turpie who, I understand met up with you in Yamba or Ballina a couple of weeks ago.

    I met John and his brother Steve when they sailed a Mottle 33 down from Brisbane in January this year to Lake Macquarie. I also have a Mark 2 High Sides Mottle 33 and, by sheer fluke, welcome them to the LMYC as we both came up to the Club’s marine where my yacht is housed.

    I have no doubt you will have already ascertained what a great, very interesting ,talented fascinating character John is. Wait till you meet his wife Syv. Equally fascinating …as are Steve and his wife Libby.
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    It would seem that as you two and I oved in parallel lives over the decades and, if per chance we get the time to meet, there would be many adventures to catch up. Best regards ( and fair sailing ), Paul Kennedy

    • Hello Paul, Yes indeed, two extraordinary men, and you seem quite unique as well. If we get down to Lake Macquarie we must meet, or if you get up this way let’s get together to spin a few high seas tales. Cheers, J&J

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