Jack began life in an American mega-city during the topsy-turvy time following WWII. He grew up amongst skyscrapers and super highways, smog and streetlights, so he rarely saw the stars and had few escapes from city life except for sandy beaches and beautiful surf. One memorable escape came when his parents took him on a donkey ride down into the gloriously carved Grand Canyon in a scary ride that awakened his love for the great outdoors.
Our lifestyle has given us 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 the children to their final two years of high school.
Around the World ~
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 ageless secrets.
Little Ones ~
Zoom ahead thirty years, and now 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 young minds, shaping souls with courage and resolve to love life and earth-without which there can be no life.
Circumnavigation with a Difference ~
This is not just a tale of travelling the world's oceans and meeting people in faraway lands. When setting out from Cairns that first day of February 1984, we were an accomplished team of explorers seeking the remote and unusual after sailing our yacht the equivalent of three times around the world.
After building our vessel, the Four J's - Jack, Judith, Jason, and Jerome lived aboard for ten years, experiencing daily-life with scores of diverse societies. Being the new family in the neighbourhood, we shared dinners, hosted sleepovers, swapped kids, and were invited to local events. To earn our keep, we successfully completed internationally acclaimed expeditions to isolated mid-ocean dollops of sand.
At the peak of our physical and sailing prowess, we set sail around the world.