Jack and Jude, through hard work and considerable gumption, constructed a ship of sail, raised their family afloat and achieved impressive sailing feats with a heap of help. Finding bountiful adventures still available, get on board to see, and record with sadness, the degradation of Earth.
But there’s so much more to this journey that begins at a leisurely pace, sailing down Australia’s East Coast, re-living previous adventures. Frantic action explodes off Flinders Island in the Bass Strait before for a visit to Wybalenna, Black Man’s Houses, so-called ‘Aboriginal Settlement’ of 1834, a neglected burial site of more than a hundred of the first peoples of Australia.
From there, Jack and Jude do the unexpected by walking forty kilometres along a rail track dripping with thick rainforest to document a hundred years of mine pollution of Tasmania’s King River. Sailing action returns, taking on the tempestuous Great Australian Bight to explore the Nuyts Archipelago first recorded by our earliest explorers. Sailing fast, west across the Great Australian Bight to the equally remote Recherche Archipelago. In granite country, so different from Nuyts dry sandstone. Here we find islets rising out the mist appearing as if mermaids wearing pearls.
After exploring Albany in Western Australia, we turn about with intentions of sailing non-stop to Tasmania. But find the Great Southern Ocean in a feisty mood. Struggling through cold and wet on strong southerly winds that just kept driving us further off our course. Good fortune got us somewhere quiet in time to celebrate Jude’s sixty-fifth birthday. And from there, a much more pleasurable journey began.
Inside Where Wild Winds Blow, Australia’s earliest explorers share their views on places we encounter. Emulating one of our heroes, Sir Francis Chichester, we wax-lyrical to give justice to this amazing Earth.and stimulate your dreams.
For sailors and dreamers. Illustrated with 80 photos and maps.
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Review by MC Muir, Author of Floating Gold, Sea Dust & Condor’s Feather.
“Written in Jack’s inimitable style – sometimes brash, often touching, but always heart-warmingly honest. The author has a masterly way of seeing Nature in all its awesome beauty.”
Where Wild Winds Blow exudes the child-like enthusiasm Jack and Jude experience when investigating new places – windswept islands where few people have walked before – and of the trials they encounter along their journey.
Where Wild Winds Blow reveals more than the intoxication of a sea voyage in the company of dolphins, whales and sea eagles, it also relates to the pain of a perfect storm, of an encounter with modern-day pirates, of broken equipment and nearly shipwrecked, the intense chill of Antarctic winds, and of course, the constant challenge and changing moods of the sea.
Where Wild Winds Blow is a great complement to Two’s a Crew and a recommended read for anyone who loves the sea.
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