Ocean Hermit – sailing, solitude and stories

My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.


Myself at 19 sitting at the summit of Mounti Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, in 1975

Myself at 19 sitting at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, in 1975

Adventure has always been a big part of my life – ever since I wandered off along cliffs at the age of nine and didn’t come back until after dark.  Hitch-hiked Cape Town to Cairo after high school, travelled around Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion, walked 2,000 miles beside the Ganges river (raising money for Save the Children Fund) and canoed solo in remote areas of the Amazon for several years, staying with the Yanomami Indians.

These days I sail a 32-foot steel Tahitiana Kuan Yin

Kuan Yin under sail at dawn

Kuan Yin under sail at dawn

July 2016 – intending to sail across Atlantic Ocean to Azores, Madeira,

Canaries and Cape Verde Islands (first part of a project to explore and retrace what happened to Captain Cook’s ships after the great explorer was killed in Hawaii in 1779.

2010 – 2015 – (summers) solo sailing down the coast of Labrador, Canada, (sailing north) retracing a voyage made in 1811 by an Inuit family who took two Moravian missionaries around the coast of Labrador.  This voyage was the first Inuit-European joint voyage.

Iceberg dead ahead!

Iceberg dead ahead!

2013 – (winter) – Marine Engine Mechanic student at Georgian College, Ontario. After many mechanical problems on Kuan Yin on the isolated coast of Labrador, the make-or-break moment came when I had to choose to “give up or get in” – so I decided to go to school to learn how to fix things. Great experience!


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