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Lifestyle : 2010 Sydney International Boatshow
1HERSA1 0004 Proudly supported by Marine Rescue NSW Book your boat in for a check-up today to help keep you and the crew safe on the water. The smart way to go boating "73% of MRNSW rescues are because of engine failure. The 50 Point Safety Check is a great way to avoid being part of this statistic." Glenn Finniss Commissioner, Marine Rescue NSW Boating Industry Association Visit www.50pointcheck.com.au or call (02) 9438 2077 for nearest qualified technician There's nothing like the security of knowing you're dealing with a BIA member For any of your boating needs, deal with a member of the Boating Industry Association to ensure you are getting the right products and services. For further information about the BIA and its member services see our website or contact the Boating Industry Association of NSW Ph: (02) 9438 2077 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Look for the BIA Member symbol www.bia.org.au Boating Industry Association 4 July 24-25, 2010 smh.com.au SPECIAL REPORT ADVENTURE MELINDA HAM TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH A round-the-planet journey has left a Sydney family with unforgettable memories. 'The kids were tied on with harnesses.' Adam Norris W hat's the hardest thing about sailing around the world with your two children in an extraordinary four-year adventure? For one Sydney family the answer could well be coming home when it's all over. Bronwyn and Adam Norris say the transition back into a suburban lifestyle is proving a major challenge after circumnavigating the globe with their young family in their 10.5-metre Jarkan yacht. ''Coming from the boat back into a Western lifestyle is so much harder than I thought,'' 42-year- old Bronwyn says. ''The intense routines endlessly repeated [and] the deadlines of getting to work and getting the kids off to school are all really stressful.'' Bronwyn says she faced reverse culture shock when she first entered an Australian supermarket after years away. ''I nearly died when I saw all the colours and variety of fruit available and the thousands of choices of cereal and peanut butter,'' she says. ''There was such a massive choice compared to what we were used to.'' The family embarked on their journey in July, 2006, and returned with their two children, Amy, 5, and Jack, 7, in January this year. The time was spent travelling between more than 30 countries, island- hopping their way westwards around the globe. They covered more than 35,000 nautical miles and mostly stopped in underdeveloped countries. They survived equipment failure, mountainous waves and long sea passages to experience a once-in-a- lifetime family adventure. TAKING THE PLUNGE Bronwyn and Adam say they didn't come to the decision to cruise around the world in a single leap. ''We took baby steps,'' Adam, 44, says. ''Everything was taken one step at a time, we never actually admitted to ourselves we were going around the world until we reached Thailand.'' Before they bought their 20-year-old boat, La Barca, in Adelaide in December, 2002, Bronwyn had rarely sailed offshore, even though she and Adam had spent their childhoods racing dinghies -- Manly Juniors, Cherubs and Flying-11s -- together on Middle Harbour. Bronwyn recalls sailing from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, out in the open ocean for the first time when she was six months pregnant. ''The first time I was alone on deck the boat felt very small and the responsibility enormous,'' she says. ''Then I saw a pod of dolphins and thought it was a good omen.'' Over the next three-and-a-half years, Adam, Bronwyn, their first child, Jack, and then their second baby, Amy, made trips up the eastern coast of Australia, to Lord Howe and Hinchinbrook islands, then Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, as Bronwyn's confidence began to grow. ''It had always been a childhood dream of mine to sail around the world,'' says Adam, whose extensive sailing resume ´ includes his first Sydney-to-Hobart race when he was 16 and numerous offshore races for two decades since, in various classes. THE ROUTE Eventually the couple resigned from well-paying corporate jobs and rented out their two Sydney properties to finance a long cruise -- although at this point they didn't know how long it would be. Confident of their skills, they sailed La Barca up to
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