Boat life BIG blow SAILIING WA – Ep 136
Keeping an eye on the weather is one of the most important parts of the day when living on a boat. With a storm imminent we have to assess our best option for finding protective cover. There are very few places to hide from a storm on the west coast of Australia. We decide to sail south along The Ningaloo coast to the beautiful anchorage of Coral Bay.
When the wind picks up some people see it as an opportunity to assume the position, harnessing the storm’s power to get some big air on a kite board.
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Johnny Stimpson – Ghost
Luna Keller – I don’t know where I’m going
Kaina – Hold fast
Kaina – Cannon ball
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Rob, Rachel, Finn, Declan, Ivan
In 1997, after rowing at the Atlanta Olympics, Rob rowed a tiny 7m (22 foot) plywood boat 2,500 miles from Tenerife (Canary Islands) to Barbados (Caribbean). It took six weeks for Rob and rowing partner, Phil Stubbs, to complete winning the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race.
Skip forward to 2014 and, married with three children, Rob and his wife Rachel purchased Javelot, a 43 ft Fountaine Pajot catamaran. Armed only with Rob’s 3 years of racing P class yachts from the age of 11 to 13, and Rachel’s non existent sailing knowledge, We set off to learn the ropes of ocean sailing. We broke stuff, replaced stuff and got to know their boat before heading offshore with the kids, Finn (then 13), Declan (then 11) and Ivan (then 8), in tow. Through trial and error we have become confident wayfarers, kind of.
The plan? To sail around the world.
Part of the journey will be retracing Rob’s eldest brother Kerry’s travels at sea. Using Kerry’s original letters from the 1970’s we hope to retrace his movements from Australia through Indonesia and South East Asia to Cambodia where Kerry’s life was cut short after straying into Cambodian waters in 1978. Kerry and two friends were attacked by a Khmer Rouge gun boat, captured, tortured and executed. www.brothernumberone.co.nz
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