The Gifford family began their adventure from their homeport of Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, Washington in 2008. Five years down the track we caught up with them in Indonesia as they explore South East Asia and look towards continuing their circumnavigation.
We also hear about:
- The joys of traveling as a family sailing
- Home schooling options afloat
- Their writing on their blog and for ’48 North’
- The cameras they are using for their travels
- Future plans to keep sailing while everyone is having fun!
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Show Notes for Family Sailing on SV Totem
At the start of the interview we heard that Jamie gave Behan a copy of the book ‘Dove‘ to read to understand him better. You can check out this book by following this link to it on Amazon –Dove, by Robin Lee Graham
You can find the Sailing Totem website at www.sailingtotem.com and you can subscribe the their blog by using the subscribe link located next to the image of Behan, on the right hand side of the page. You can also find the link their to the Totem page on Facebook which is also a great way to stay up to date with what they are up to. It would also be a great place to start if you are thinking of taking your family sailing.
Behan and Jamie write a monthly column for a site called 48 North and this is a free resource that you might like to check out as well. Here are the links for catching up with team Totem on the web:
- SV-Totem website – www.sailingtotem.com
- Sailing with Totem on Facebook – www.facebook.com/sailingtotem
- 48 North – The Sailing Magaine – www.48north.com
Behan and Jamie were our second guests to let us know about sailing in Indonesia. In Episode 8 of The Sailing Podcast we heard from Ian and Michelle who were returning to their yacht Raku with the plan to sail back to their home base in Noosa, Queensland. I did catch up recently with Ian and they are back home and we might be able to get an update from them down the track.
I am planning to talk soon to Luca from Ecoswisse Expeditions who is operating a research sailing vessel in the Mergui Archipelago off the southern coast of Myanmar (formally known as Burma). This area is only just starting to open up to the cruising sailor so I hope that Luca can help us understand the options currently available for cruising Myanmar.
The Cost of Bravery
I have our next interview recorded with Allan Sparkes who who has a facinating story to share – Allan received the ‘Cross of Valour’ bravery award for his rescue of a drowning child in 1996, and Allan shares how this event actually led to a downward spiral into post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. His recovery was a rollercoaster of personal challenges and Allan eventually got back to being his adventurous self and sailed with his family from England back to his home in Coffs Harbour in NSW. So keep an eye out for this interview in the next episode as Allan is both an inspirational speaker as well as having just written a book called ‘The cost of bravery’
Here is the Nikon D40 Digital SLR Camera on Amazon:
Here is the Canon Powershot D20 on Amazon:
Thank you for joining us on our journey
by David Anderson
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