Our Tracks and Adventures

French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, New Calidonia and home

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Galapagos and Pacific Crossing 2014

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Leaving USA, Cuba and Panama - 2014

Leaving USA

Caribbean and USA - 2013

Malua and her crew crossed the Atlantic in 20 days from the Canaries to Barbados. There Piers, the crew left and Denny joined.  We spend Christmas and New Year in the SE Caribbean before I sailed north through the island chain heading for Cuba.  I spent a month on the southern Cuban coast cruising and doing land travel before fighting my way round the NW coast to Hemingway Marina and Havana.  It was a slog north to Florida and the reception at West Palm Beach was anything but welcoming.  From there I sailed and motored along the coast and through the Inter Coastal Waterway to the Chesapeake and Delaware and on to New Your City.
A short spell in Long Island Sound before sailing to Block Island in the state of Rhode Island.  Then south on the outside to Cape May and to Annapolis.  Malua was put on the hard at Deltaville in the Chesapeake while I returned to Australia after a year away.  Next year Malua will point her bow westwards through the Panama and into the Pacific.

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Spain, Portugal and Atlantic Crossing - 2012

Malua has been in the Mediterranean for five years so it is now time to sail westward towards America.  Last year we tried to travel through the rivers and canals of France to come out in the English Channel.  As you know we had to turn back to the Med.  This year Malua starts on the French coast and cruises through the Balearic - Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza then on towards Spain and Portugal before heading south to Morocco and the Canaries.  We will leave before the armada and reach the Caribbean before Christmas.  Barbados is the intended landfall.

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Atlantic crossing

5 Years in the Mediterranean

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Mediterranean - 2011 - French Canals

Why the French canals for the summer of 2011.  We so enjoyed the French speaking Corsica we thought we would enjoy France!  We still have to take some weight off Malua before we can go into the shallow canals but if we can reduce the draft Malua is off to Paris then on to the English channel.  The summer has started and a very different adventure has just begun.  The mast was in a rack in Port Napoleon but landed up in La Havre.  We started up the rivers and canals of France during one of the driest spring on record, then it began to rain not before disaster struck.  We are returning to the Med.

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Mediterranean 2010 - Corsica, Riviera and Cote D'Azure

The 2010 summer cruise has started.  Malua was launched at the end of April where I stayed in the Ionian until the end of May when I collected Denny who arrived via Athens.  We sailed pass the south of the toe of Italy to Sicily, through the Straits of Messina and then north up the west coast to Capri where we stooped for a few days before crossing over to Sardinia.  From there we sailed north to Corsica to the wedding and the best cruising in four years of being in the Med.  We left Italy after cruising Elba and the Gulf of Genoa. France Riviera and the Cote D'Azure with all its glitz was next.  We will winter at the mouth of the Rhone.

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Mediterranean 2009 - Greece, Croatia and Venice

Starting in Marmaris, Turkey, Malua sailed westwards through the Cyclades to Athens, through the Corinth Canal to the Ionian Islands, then north through the Aegean to Venice, returning to Greece via Croatia and Montenegro.  Malua was hauled out in Preveza Marina, Greece.

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Mediterranean 2008 - Turkey and Istanbul

From Marmaris we sailed north along the Turkish coast, through the Dardanelles and Sea of Marmara, to Istanbul. We returned past Gallipoli to cruise the uncrowded northern Greek Halkidiki peninsula. Then a quick dash to Kos and into Turkey to haul Malua out for the winter.

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Mediterranean 2007 - Eastwards to Turkey

In February 2007 we shipped Malua from Australia to the Med via the Panama Canal. She was off-loaded at Palma de Mallorca in Spain in April 2007.  

April and May were spent cruising the wonderful Balearic Islands (Spanish), Sardinia (Italian) and Corsica (French).

Then on to Rome for two weeks and south to Amalfi, sailing past the volcanic island of Stromboli to Sicily where we had some memorable experiences.  Setting off again from Syracuse, we stopped for a while in the Greek Pelopponese, home of the Spartans and the original Olympic Games.  Then followed a leisurely cruise through the Cyclades to Kos, Symi and Rhodes.  Our journey ended in Marmaris, Turkey, where we left Malua, on the hard, under a gum tree!

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Australia - Early Cruises

In 2004 we set out to cruise to Tasmania then to New Zealand and then onto the Pacific Islands

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