VOYAGE OF A LIFETIME
Around the World In Ever Increasing Circles
Our lifestyle has given us a freedom of spirit, a feeling of accomplishment, and independence
A city boy meets a country girl who always says yes to an adventure, and 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 their infant sons to their final years of high school.
Our Latest ~
This book focuses on the years when our boys became men tackling oceans that test all sailors, taking us to Africa for a safari in the last wild kingdom, Galapagos to wander through the intricacies of nature, Rapa Nui to witness the results of over-population. Gliding everywhere in-between, contemplating the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality accompanied by sea fairies whispering their ageless secrets.
Little Ones ~
Zoom ahead thirty years, and there’s a bundle of little ones like baby birds needing nourishment who can become even better global citizens by knowing their fathers’ history. So, Poppi and Nanni blended their sons’ journals with stories written along the way, adding historical notes, and keeping the humour and scary bits, creating an exciting coming of age saga packed with beauty and wonder. Inspirational nourishment for all young minds, shaping souls with courage and resolve to love life and earth—without which there can be no life.
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READERS REVIEWS ~
I love that it is raw, real and the reflections are from all four of you.
I love all the history of all the places that you have visited……some I have never heard of. I have learnt so much history from this book.
I love all the descriptions of the geography; they make you feel like you are there in person.
I love the passion for ‘mother earth’ that you all have and the protective fear that we are losing this treasure with overpopulation and pollution.
And I just love that you call Jude, my lady. That makes my heart melt.
The way you combine personal anecdote with history and local politics creates vivid word portraits that stay in the mind. It adds depth to the experiences you describe and your interactions with the local populace.
You painted a vivid portrait of that mysterious, powerful, lost culture and its statues, then, in a masterful stroke, aligned that well-known story of a lost civilization to the perils we face today. It brought the current situation into stark focus.
Hi Jack and Jude,
I am enjoying getting to know you through your book. You mention you do a lot of re-writing but the end result is impressive. There is a musical cadence to your writing style. Quiet passages as you cruise along, with delightful flourishes in moments of enchanting beauty, rising to a crescendo in moments of great drama, like your attempted night entry into Diego Suarez.
As Captain Haddock so eloquently put it, “Failure. You can never let it defeat you.”
The three-year voyage visited the world’s greatest attractions, explored places known only to wild creatures, and experienced massive contact with everyday people. We slept one in four nights upon the briny aboard a thirty-eight-foot ketch, the four sextant-swinging navigators finding the way. No satellite navigation back then. But we had one of the first portable computers on board and wrote a navigation program that even had a built in almanac!
Future Outlook ~
Just as Charles Darwin experienced an evolutionary revelation in the Galápagos, we encountered something similar.
Having seen the results of man’s tampering, and Nature’s limited ability to repair, our epiphany has to do with living in an alliance with nature for survival instead of chasing a one-eyed view of domination.
In our lifetime around the world, we discovered that Earth and its creatures are unique throughout the galaxy. Without their wholesome well-being, we are doomed to boredom or extinction.
Jacques Cousteau observed, “People Protect What They Love.”
non-fiction paperback, 500 pages, 150 images and charts