How to Deconstruct a Quinoa Bowl

I am not a good cook. Never have been, never will be, never aspired to be. Nevertheless, I do try, from time to time, to augment my meager culinary skills, and this has sometimes resulted in one or two reasonably palatable dishes being added to my repertoire. So when I come across a discarded magazine […]

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Into the Outback

Sailing into Brisbane two months ago, Eric and I were appalled to see a blanket of brownish-orange smog draped over the city. Having encountered only clear blue skies elsewhere in Oz, we felt almost betrayed. Surely, Australians cared more about their environment than to allow such pollution to occur? You would have thought we were […]

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We’re Off to See the Wizard

A while ago, I came across the following definition of cruising in a boating magazine: Cruiser: Someone who sails for pleasure without an exact destination, and in some cases without an exact duration. By that measure, Eric and I are not entirely cruisers. For one thing, we always have an exact destination for which we […]

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How You Going?

G’day, mate!How you going?Sweet as! Corroboree has been in Brisbane for three weeks now, and as you can see, Eric and I are trying to learn a bit of the Australian language. What? You mean they don’t speak English? No, not exactly. So before I tell you about Brisbane itself, here a few linguistic tips […]

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How to Earn a Cold Beer

Sometimes our cruising life seems utterly strange, even to us. In the ten days we spent traveling the 121 miles from Port Bundaberg to Mooloolaba, our current stop, we have had a humpback whale flipper surface twenty feet from our hull, practiced archery at an eco resort on the largest sand island in the world, […]

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Waiting for Jacob

7 June 2019, 9:00 .a.m. At latitude 17 degrees south of the equator, Cairns, Australia is located well within the tropical belt. So it should be warm and sunny here as we await the arrival of Jacob Adoram in his 28’ ocean rowing boat after an 11-month, nonstop, singlehanded, 7,100-mile voyage from Seattle, WA. The […]

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The Road to Oz

In early April, with the cyclone season over in the South Pacific, cruisers in New Zealand gather in Opua, the checkout point for passages north to Tonga, Fiji and New Caledonia or, in our case, west to Australia. With Corroboree in excellent shape after her refit, we researched entry ports, plotted our course, secured our […]

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Only in New Zealand

It’s going to be hard to leave New Zealand. From the start of our voyage, New Zealand was the big goal on our horizon. In addition to Auckland being Corroboree’s birthplace, it would be the farthest Eric and I had ever sailed or traveled, and we planned to make it one of our longest stays. […]

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