I first fell in love with the idea of seeing the world from a small sailboat while working as a horse trainer in Spain. Somebody gave me a copy of Annie Hill’s book, Voyaging on a Small Income and it got under my skin. Well, there is not much money in horse training and I had to keep working for a few more years to get the wherewithall together, but the idea gnawed away at me and eventually I found myself in Australia (the Australian dollar was very weak at the time) standing on the deck of my first proper boat Marutji – a 34 ft steel Van de Stadt. I sailed her up and down the east coast of Australia for a couple of years earning my stripes and paying for the whole thing by taking on backpackers. One of those (Jasna) stayed for quite a while and I eventually sold Marutji and bought Calypso – a Hans Christian 36 that had a bit more room. Jasna and I sailed for a while together in the South Pacific but eventually she returned to life on land in Italy while I carried on and eventually bought Calypso II – an Island Packet 38 and my favourite boat so far by a country mile.
I now find myself in Fiji waiting for the borders to open!