Jessica Watson, “Loved it”
In 2016, we filmed two.
Sailing to the spectacular far southwest corner of Tasmania we explore by kayak and on foot the homeland of the southernmost people to have lived in harmony with Earth for more than 30,000 years. After that, some practical guidance to South Coast Islands, Dover, Hobart, climb Wellignton, Con-Dock, Denison Canal, Schouten Island and Swan Island.
Banks Strait at 30 knots takes us back to Tasmania in 1797, when a shipwreck drives a desperate crew to trek through never before explored country that ends in death and the fledgling colony’s greatest discovery. Filmed on the awesome Preservation Island with Rum Isle alongside. Greatly assisted by Tasmania National Parks.
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“Reflections in a Sailor’s Eyes is a book of snapshots taking the reader into a world difficult to access with experiences impossible to recreate.”
– Phillip Ross, Editor Cruising Helmsman Magazine
Every sailor and adventurer new or old, or just dreaming, ought to read Reflections in a Sailor’s Eyes. Great stories and human insights.
– Mark, Sydney, NSW
FILMS by JACK AND JUDE
Two’s a Crew
Circumnavigate Australia aboard Banyandah in a two year voyage. We take our cameras deep into the Kimberley to search for the oldest known rock art. We’ll explore the most unique coral reef with the biggest tidal range on the planet – Rowley Shoals, 200 miles to sea from Broome. Climb Mount Misery surrounded by harsh compelling beauty of Port Davey in the stormy southwest corner of Tasmania. There are whales close up, plenty of action catching big fish, plus a wonderful interlude becalmed in the Great Southern Ocean. Running time: 90 minutes
Explore the Coral Sea with Jack and Jude, visit remote reefs and islets while searching for a French Frigate lost in 1856. Prolific wildlife up close surrounded by magical beauty of the Coral Sea.
In 1982, Jack and Jude led an amateur radio expedition to Mellish Reef, five hundred miles east of Cairns. A month before, a cyclone tracked across this low narrow sand island, exposing a coral shelf where Jack found an embedded bronze eye bolt. This began a search spanning more than three decades. More Information Here
Four adventures in Tasmania featuring a trek along the historic King River railroad where Jack and Jude document 100 years of pollution from Australia’s oldest mine. Followed by a scenically wonderful voyage up the fabulous Gordon River aboard Stormbreaker. Then a segment of living history inside Kelly Basin where in 1900 a railroad was hacked out of virgin rainforest. The fourth episode, a three day assault on one of Tasmania’s toughest peaks. No trails across a myriad of streams to the top of Mount Sorell. Running time: 120 min.
The Green Machine opens up new territory with the kayak taking us up rivers few explore. First the Gordon River to search as far as the rocky Sprent River for Huon Piners Camp remnants.
In World Heritage Port Davey, we paddle through an exquisite gorge in perfect weather. Then trek overland to the far south coast of Tasmania, where we explore off track, again, perfect photographic conditions. Taking Banyandah across the shallow Old River Bar, we kayak up river to locate a last stand of mature Huon Pines. Then we search and discover the lonely grave site of Critchley Parker, an ill equipped dreamer. To escape we brave a spunky fresh gale taking Banyandah south under Maatsuyker to reach safety in Recherche Bay on Tasmania’s East Coast. 5 episodes totally 90 mins running time.
Take an autumn sail around the two gulfs of South Australia, featuring a wander through the famous Joseph Banks Archipelago. Plenty of wildlife and wild weather. From Adelaide through many of the anchorages to Port Lincoln and the Joseph Banks Group back to Adelaide. Running time: 64 minutes
In Paperback and Electronic publications available immediate download
Simply explained, over 200 photos and diagrams
In Practical Boat Bits and Tips are the best features of Banyandah, illustrated in photographs, diagrams and Jude’s direct style. Best take her word, she’s the one keeping Banyandah in top shape.
Jude Binder has 40 years of experience finishing and maintaining vessels. She is also an accomplished sailor with 150,000 miles under sail, so she knows what stands the test of time. Living afloat continuously for sixteen years, raising and educating her two sons while they sailed to over eighty countries, she learned how to organize, victual, and manage small ships.
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One of the world’s greatest adventures – Following Flinders wake around Australia – 9,000 nautical miles across six climatic zones. We’ve been exploring Earth for more than 40 years and in Two’s a Crew we investigate our homeland of Australia and compare what we see with what we remember from early travels. Our homemade yacht, a 40 year veteran, takes us through crocodile infested waters to some of the world’s oldest rock paintings, and into pristine coral atolls, even through Hell’s Gates itself.
Anyone interested in adventure and love that has survived more than four decades will enjoy Two’s a Crew.
Our journey begins at an easy pace recalling cute moments from the earliest days raising two boys afloat. It explodes into action when the Two J’s explore Flinders Island in Bass Strait, where we visit Black Man’s Houses, the final resting place for Tasmanian Aborigines. We then do the unexpected by walking 40 km along a rainforest railroad to investigate a century of pollution of Tasmania’s King River.
Reporting environmental disasters will always be a major focus, but it’s back to action when we take on the Great Australian Bight to explore the remote Recherche Archipelago. Strong winds take us to Albany in WA to visit friends. Then we battle a stormy Great Southern Ocean when sailing back to Tasmania. Driven way off course. Battered, bruised, very wet, but afloat, we sailed on to rendezvous with dear friends and cruise together to Tasmania on something like a second honeymoon for both couples.
Comments and Reviews of our Books ~
Niki and Lauren at ZULU Waterways
TWO’S A CREW
The book is fantastic. So well written and a perfect balance between sailing details and historic notes and written with a raw honesty which is so essential for a Cruising book.
Niki and Lauren at ZULU Waterways
Bill and Juanita
We both have now read Where Wild Winds Blow.
The history of aboriginals saddens us but good to learn.
You have encouraged us to Put Nature First.
A good approach to life. Thanks
Petrea McCarthy, Ideas Locker Cruising Helmsman
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?
He raves about your books to anyone who will listen
Jeffery from South Australia wrote, Absolutely loved your books, felt like I sailed along with you and experienced every adventure with the same views about the environment.
I’ve sent both your books to my elderly father (85) who spent the majority of his life on the River Murray and was always around boats. He’s now in an aged care home. Regardless he is a tough critic but raves about your books endlessly to anyone who will listen.
You guys are amazing!
My partner and I are building a boat and found your voyage under Australia to be so inspiring. Quite clearly you told us about the importance of having routines in place, who does what, what to watch for. We purchased all three of your books and reading them has given our confidence a big boost. Thank you.
Lisa from WA
Where Wild Winds Blow has changed my life. I read your dedication from a copy in the library and immediately bought your book even though I have never sailed and may never step on a boat. The thought scares me. But through you two, I have vicariously experienced true love and known the courage Earth’s great explorers must have had. God Bless.
Where Wild Winds Blow.It’s a great read!
I was surprised that I couldn’t put it down for I had already followed you on your blog.
The historical notes are always very interesting and I loved how you included stories from your past sailing adventures too.
You both have a wonderful and infectious sense of adventure. Thank you!
Dr. James Fitzpatrick
Oh my god, you two are brilliant. It is strange having read this ‘chapter’ of your life and knowing that much about such a brave and loved up couple. Thank you for sharing the stories.
Marulu – The Lililwan Project
Well done Jack and Judith….
I really find you guys inspiring.
I live to see the wild places of Earth.
Margaret Muir, author
“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, & Condor’s Feather
I just want to say that the world needs more people like you and thank you for sharing your stories. We hope to be “guided” through our adventures by you both. All the best to you and yours, Diane
Caitlin and Michael ~ “Bass Voyager”
We took your advice and crossed the Strait to King Island, Three Hummock Island and, since yesterday, pretty Stanley!
We owe you a great debt of thanks as we have had such a wonderful time exploring the Western islands of Tassie – and now we are on the Tas mainland – a dream for both of us since we were kids!
Phil Ross, Editor Cruising Helmsman
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Alongside Alan and Pat Lucas, if ever there was a couple like Lin and Larry residing in Australia then Jack and Jude would have to be it.
Phil Ross Editor