This true adventure started in 1969, with a casual remark between two friends having coffee. It was a dreary April afternoon at the University of Washington cafeteria in Seattle. "Let's buy a boat and sail to the South Pacific." Well, with almost insurmountable difficulties, that's exactly what happened.
The voyage lasted almost ten years and covered more than 30,000 nautical miles. The boat was the Lusty I, a classic two-masted wooden sailing schooner. The name was prophetic and appropriate for the dozens of men and women who helped make the journey.
The resulting tale is a sort of postmodern version of Homer's Odyssey in reverse. The crew of the Lusty I chose to flee the safety of home with the hopes of finding seduction and adventure abroad... and they found it.
They weathered dangerous storms in a leaking boat, fell in love, and got shot at. Mafia bodyguards scared them away from an island resort. The British Navy quarantined them on a deserted island. Buried treasure, exotic meals, volcanoes, and the mysterious "green flash." A multitude of fascinating cultures and tropical Islands of unsurpassed beauty. Everything is documented in writing and in over 70 full-color photographs.
Ports of call included: the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, the New Hebrides, the Solomons, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Ceylon, Seychelles, Mombasa, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil, Trinidad, and dozens of islands in the Caribbean.
By revisiting this journey, one might be better able to understand the world we live in now... but whether for edification or sheer fun, come along and enjoy the Chronicles of the schooner Lusty I.
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About the Author
After the years circumnavigating, Mike was never really able to settle back into a day job and a conventional life style. As a result, a good part of the last thirty or so years has been spent living overseas, and most of that time has been in Thailand. While the expat life suits him well, a few months every year are spent back in the Pacific Northwest at the old log cabin on Whidbey Island he calls his summer home.
Table of ContentsAUTHOR'S NOTE
1: SEATTLE - THE BEGINNING
2: SAILING PUGET SOUND
3: A DANGEROUS COAST
4: STOPOVER IN LONG BEACH
5: THE GREAT OCEAN, THE PACIFIC
6: THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN
7: LOOKING FOR AN ISLAND...ANY ISLAND
8: A TROPICAL ISLE AT LAST
9: ÎLES TUAMOTU
10: A FEW GENERATIONS TOO LATE
11: MAKING MONEY AND WHOOPEE IN RARO
12: YEAR TWO AND STILL IN THE PACIFIC
13: THE TREASURE HUNT
14: MELANESIAN ISLANDS
15: TIKOPIA, THE "OLD" SOUTH PACIFIC
16: DEEPER INTO MELANESIA
17: DOWN UNDER
18: FAR EAST ADVENTURES
19: GET A JOB KID
21: INDIAN OCEAN CRUISING
22: YOU FOLKS DON'T BELONG HERE
23: JAIL, JAILBIRDS, AND BIRDS
24: THE PLAN IS TO SAIL SOUTH BUT...
25: OUT OF (EAST) AFRICA
26: AN ESCAPE MADE GOOD
27: SOUTHERN CAPES
28: THE LAST OCEAN
29: THE WORLD'S BIGGEST PARTY
30: SLOW RIDE HOME
31: BACK TO THE USA
GLOSSARY OF SAILING TERMS