VOYAGE OF A LIFETIME
Around the World In Ever Increasing Circles
Our lifestyle has given us freedom of spirit and a feeling of accomplishment,
plus a world of friendships.
A city boy meets a country girl who always says yes to an adventure. Together they migrate to Australia, where they build a boat in a backyard that carries them and their two infant sons around the world in ever-increasing circles. These voyages of education take the children to their last years of high school.
Our Latest ~
This book follows our sons as they matured into men before the mast, tackling oceans that test the bravest sailors. Around the world, first to Africa for a family safari in one of the last wild kingdoms. Then we challenged the turbulent Red Sea to tour historical Europe in borrowed demolition derby car. Following that, a far easier wander through the Galápagos Islands observing Nature’s intricacies, and then on the way home, a long stay at Easter Island to see the results of over-population. Sometimes our life afloat battled the forces of Nature to reach these exotic locations. At other times we glided atop endless water everywhere, contemplating life’s mysteries surrounded by sea fairies whispering ageless secrets.
Little Ones ~
Zooming ahead thirty years, there’s a cute clutch of little ones like baby birds needing nourishment. Poppi and Nanni reckoned they could become even better global citizens by knowing their fathers’ history, so they blended their father’s diaries with stories they wrote during the journey. Leaving in the intimacies and scary bits helped create an exciting coming of age saga packed with adventure and wonder. Inspirational nourishment for young minds. Shaping souls with courage and resolve to love life and Earth—without which there can be no life.
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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
As Captain Haddock so eloquently put it, “Failure. You can never let it defeat you.”
The three-year voyage explored locations known only to the wild creatures as we sailed to the world’s greatest attractions. Meeting along the way, a swirling mix of everyday people everywhere we landed. Statistically, we slept one in four nights at sea aboard a tiny dot of a sailboat about the size of a Winnebago. All of this before GPS satellite navigation. Being sextant sailors, we taught our sons how to navigate by the heavens, and then they navigated the rest of the way around the world. On that massive voyage of education, to take our children into the digital age, we took with us one of the first portable computers that came with a library of manuals. Our clever captain studied these and then taught the children several programming languages, producing the first digital game of Monopoly. He also wrote a navigation program with a built-in almanac to check the boys’ celestial sights.
Future Outlook ~
While in the Galápagos, just as Charles Darwin experienced a revelation, the Four J’s encountered something similar. Having witnessed man’s impact on Earth, and Nature’s limited ability to repair, our epiphany saw humanity in an alliance with Nature benefitting each other, instead of chasing the narcissistic view of world domination.
Jacques Cousteau observed, “People Protect What They Love.”
non-fiction paperback, 500 pages, 150 images and charts