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"Part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in."

Mark Twain

Beginnings

I had a passion for sailing adventures from the earliest age. As a 6-year-old, I dragged an old shipping pallet up the side of our house at New Norfolk in the South of Tasmania.

I took a couple of loose palings off the fence (sorry dad) and a sheet from the linen cupboard (sorry mum) and cobbled together a square-rigger. Sitting in the spring gales that hurtled down the Derwent valley and whistled up the side of the house, I fought the elements, for hours on end, solo navigating to places haunted by the lost souls of pirates and mariners of old.

In my early teens, I built several kayaks, cotton canvas stretched over King Billy Pine stringers. We explored several of the rivers and streams that flowed into the Tamar River Estuary. We paddled downstream for hours on end, never knowing what might confront us around the next bend. Robert and I learned to sail in a sabot dinghy on the Tamar River near Launceston, Tasmania. We learned early to be mindful of the tides, a lengthy portage across oyster strewn kneedeep sticky mud leaving an indelible memory.

A string of sailing vessels followed, including catamarans, windsurfers, and then an amazing experience shaped my future sailing exploits. When I was sixteen, I set out with a friend down the Freycinet Peninsular in a 12 ft open cruising dinghy built by his uncle. We camped on Schouten Island, located nearly a mile offshore from the southernmost tip of the Freycinet Peninsular. This adventure of a lifetime, changed my destiny, going on to build a replica dinghy in my early 20's, now known as Moonlight.

I hope you enjoy reading the stories and watching the videos. Feel free to drop me a line with some of your own stories of growing up mucking around in boats. You can find the story of Moonlight, the inspiration behind her name, and many interesting adventures leading right up to the present day on this site.

Christopher


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We have a healthy and growing community conversation about all things sailing, and you are welcome to join us on Sailing Beat https://www.facebook.com/groups/sailingbeat/

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Christopher is staying fit, mentally sharp and extending his life on Superfood Sea vegetables. Convenient healthy grub for authentic sailors crammed full of zing. If you use my personal coupon code CHRIS you will get a 10% discount. https://seaweed.ph/ref/1/

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Confronted with Mortality

10 years ago I had a serious heart attack followed by open-heart surgery. I was in serious trouble and needed to make some changes if I was to achieve my goal of sailing right through my 60’s 70’s and 80’s. A long and active sailing life is highly likely with plenty of exercise and a diet crammed full of good nutrition. I studied the diets of some of the worlds longest living people and discovered the truth about seaweed in the diet being linked to long life. Don’t take my word for it, just Google “Why do Japanese live longer” and you will see there is heaps of scientific evidence to support what I am saying. The proof is in the pudding as they say, but less pudding is preferable 🙁

After including sea vegetables in my diet as a functional whole food for over a year, I visited my cardiologist and he told me my heart function was NORMAL, and I had a long life expectancy that could well take it into my 90’s. But 10 years ago they said I only had 5 to 15 years left in me! If you want to get a discounted supply of superfood seaweed, use my personal coupon code CHRIS you will get a 10% discount. https://seaweed.ph/ref/1/