The Alternative Voyage

my road less traveled

musings from a road less traveled

Adventures and misadventures traveling the globe

Island Hopping Off Queensland

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I've got a bit of writer's block as I try to tap out another journal entry about our trip north but I'll give it a try. At the moment, we are anchored off a lovely cove called Pearl Bay, about 100nm south of Mackay. The passage from Yeppon today was marked by the strong SE trade winds, moody skies, cool conditions and a lumpy 2 metre swell. Comfort...
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The Big Lap Begins

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After much preparation, our trip sailing the Lagoon 52 'Paradise' for 12 months around Australia has finally begun. This is our first video and my hope is to create a real, living account of what it is really like to sail around Australia, creating a journal of all the memorable places and interesting people we will no doubt meet along the way. ​ A...
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Exit Sydney, Turn Left

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I'm writing this as we plug along the central coast of New South Wales, motoring just a few hundred metres offshore. We are trying to shelter from the worst effects of a building northerly. We've got 16M to go before Yamba and a bar crossing at low tide. It's been a bit of a motoring slog with wind and current against us the past 2 days since leavi...
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The Big Lap - Sailing Around Australia

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Since coming back from living in France for 3 years, we've been asked a lot, "are you back for good, are you going to live in Australia now?" The answer is yes, we will be living in Australia but not exactly in the traditional sense. You see, Nathalie and I have the good fortune and opportunity to join a yacht for a circumnavigation of Australia, s...
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Sailing The Sporades, Oh Mama Mia!

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​Greece is famous for it's islands and it easy to see why. There's over 1000 of them and most people have heard of the more famous one like Mykonos in the Cyclades and Corfu in the Ionian. The Sporades islands are not so well known and to me, that's a big plus. I've sailed out of Skiathos a few times now, south towards Skyros and east to Skopelos a...
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The San Blas Islands

The San Blas Islands
Sailing to the San Blas Islands has been one of my true sailing highlights. I was on a Lagoon 450 catamaran participating in the World ARC and were on our way to Panama City via the canal. We'd stopped in Colombia for a few days and the San Blas were just off the coast of Panama.  Relatively untouched, we anchored off islands that had jus...
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Jonathan Ross The Big Lap - Sailing Around Australia
22 June 2020
Good luck with that Len. How long are you looking to take? What sort of boat? It's an epic trip for ...
Guest - Len Easther The Big Lap - Sailing Around Australia
22 June 2020
i am looking at sailing around australia beginng at my home port , Port Vincent South Australia
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26 November 2018
j adore !!!! Superbe couple , Charme , elegance et Alegria !!tudo bonito !!! Beijinhos !! Brice

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