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.
Jack and Jude, with eyes cognisant of the past, have witnessed more of Earth than many famous explorers. Through hard work and considerable gumption, they have achieved their great sailing feats with little assistance. The myriad life experiences gained in their lifetime charge them to extol the bountiful adventures still available to all human souls, and to record the degradation they have witnessed.
Recorded in Where Wild Winds Blow is their double-crossing of the challenging Great Southern Ocean. Along with the action are recollections of frightening events when raising their sons aboard Banyandah more than thirty years earlier. Often asked about their greatest mishap, their worst storms, and pirate attacks, they answer these questions in this book. Recorded within its pages, Australia's early explorers share their perspective on locations encountered on this journey. And, similar to Sir Francis Chichester, they bare their fears and intimacies and they are also evocative to stimulate and invite dreaming. Also included is plenty of technical advice simply explained for sailors and armchair adventurers.
In 2010, Jack and Jude self-published Two's a Crew, their account of circumnavigating Australia on board Banyandah after a sixteen-year hiatus on the land. Linking these two books runs a similar vein: Ours is a troubled world. Her essence under threat. Her wildlife endangered.