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My visit to the Opera House....

I was born an hour south of Sydney, and I have been on a whole lot of weird and wonderful adventures around the world.... but up until last weekend I had never been to the Sydney Opera House. My daughter's dance school organized a dance trip to Sydney and we went to see West Side Story at the Opera House. WOW, what a night to remember.... and I don't know what happened to my little boat baby, but all of a sudden she is wearing heels and trying to be taller than me. There we are on the dinghy in Bequia together one minute..... and in the blink of an eye.... this.... It was a special weekend away, but one...

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The scariest moment of our ocean crossing...

Back in early 2001 we had bought a small sailboat, learnt how to sail, also how to navigate, quit our jobs (mine was Head Designer for Billabong South Africa), provisioned and set sail out of Cape Town South Africa on a mission to sail to the Caribbean.  Here is a photo of me sitting on the floor of our tiny apartment, varnishing tin food (to prevent them rusting on the boat before we could eat them) Surely this idea was the sort of crazy thing that only someone in their 20's would think of doing.  To be honest, we didn't embark on this adventure lightly.  We did do our homework.  We both did the courses, we could both navigate, and we both did...

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A sailing kid...

You don't often stop to think about how your childhood shapes the adult you become, but this week a post went live in our social media with this photo of me on a yacht in Fiji at 7 years of age. How does a suburban kid from Australia end up on a yacht in Fiji.... well that is a story in itself.  My dad's sister (Aunty Jane) had met and married an intrepid surfer guy (Uncle Mick) who was sailing around the Pacific Islands on a yacht that he and a bunch of his mates had built in Perth, Western Australia.  These guys had taken turns going out to work in the outback mines to earn money for the boat,...

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The turtles are in trouble !

When I was a little girl, my parents took my sister and I out of school for a few months and took us sailing around the Great Barrier Reef.  One of the most memorable islands we visited was Heron Island which is a natural coral cay, visited annually by great mamma turtles intent on laying their eggs.  The photo below shows this spectacular island which you can walk around in 20 minutes.  Click here for more information on Heron Island. While we were on the island some baby turtles had hatched and were being taken care of by an organization on the island helping these turtles reach adulthood.  Here is a photo below of my sister Cristi (the cute blonde one)...

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Caribbean island influences

At the age of 29 I had quit my high paying, high stress, glamorous job as Head Designer at Billabong South Africa to go sailing to the Caribbean.  Here I am in the messy chaotic design room at Billabong SA. My boyfriend (now my husband) and I had done navigation courses, and sailing courses with a tough old merchant sailor in South Africa.  He was in the business of training men to be commercial fishermen on the South African Coast.  I was only the 2nd woman to do his courses, and he was not very forgiving…. well the South African coastline (known as the Cape of Storms) is not very forgiving either. It sure was a steep learning curve.The day...

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