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Lifestyle : Boat Show 2011
1HERSA1 S006 Why not take advantage of our special winter mooring/storage offer? We have a range of mooring options available in selected locations on Sydney harbour, as well as Akuna Bay on the beautiful Hawkesbury. With all Coopersloops sold, we will arrange and include a mooring (or dry stack storage) for you FREE OF CHARGE until 1st December 2011. No fuss. No headaches. We re exhibiting at the boat show all weekend on the marina. Come down and see Duncan or Jonno and walk around or test drive these unique boats, and discuss a mooring arrangement that works best for you. PRO and PLUS models on display. Brand new fully-equipped boats from $65,000 drive-away. Demo boats from $55,000 drive-away. An alternative to turbocharged fuel bills Feel the stress of the working week dissolve away as you and your family and friends explore the secret waterways of Sydney's beautiful harbour, the Georges river, Port Hacking, and Pittwater. Our unique Euro-designed Coopersloops offer a very stable, roomy and super economical on-water platform for fun and adventure. They're very easy to drive and powered by a reliable Yanmar diesel and consume only around 4 litres per hour. VISIT US ON THE MARINA Where? Sydney International Boat Show On the marina at Darling Harbour When? 28th July -- 1st August Contact Duncan Stewart 0418 350 220 www.coopersloop.com.au 6 July 23- 24, 2011 smh.com.au SPECIAL REPORT Sailing around the world has become a love affair for this pair, writes Samantha Selinger-Morris. DREAM OF A LIFETIME Setting sail . . . Linda Frylink Anderson with her husband Bill (below); aboard their yacht Valiam (above). To circumnavigate the globe -- in a hand- built plywood boat, nonetheless -- you've got to be fierce; a die-hard sailor with saltwater in your veins; someone who adores gliding on the water so much, you use the term ''landlubber'' to describe ordinary folk. Linda Frylink Anderson is here to tell you that's a load of rubbish. Before she traversed the world, racking up 30,000 nautical miles in Valiam -- the boat her husband, Bill Anderson, built -- she was unmoved by the idea of sailing. ''My first sailing experience was on Lake Burley Griffin [in Canberra], which I absolutely hated,'' she says. ''It's cold there. It was a dinghy, it kept tipping over and my knees kept getting bumped . . . because I'm tall. I wasn't impressed at all,'' she says of the late-1970s experience. So how did she get from there to writing Sailing in My Sarong: Around the World -- a 30 Year Dream,a book about her two-year journey with her husband? Bill convinced her to take a six-month voyage in 1980 along the east coast of Australia in a 24-foot- long yacht, landing at a rubber plantation in Papua New Guinea. It was during that trip that she discovered the exhilaration of ''having a house that travels around and [can] be wherever you want''. ''It was the escape, not having to work, that's always been a big one for us,'' Frylink Anderson says. She had worked as a banker (and Bill as a forester) before setting sail in 1980. ''I don't feel comfortable with someone else owning my time from nine to five, not at all.'' So why the great delay between that first journey and two years ago, when the couple finally took their two-year voyage? Life got in the way. Frylink Anderson's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, prompting the couple to return to Canberra to be with her. Bill joined her father's building business and Frylink Anderson had her second child, Liam. They raised their children and appeased their desire to sail by taking little trips in their dinghy. Finally, in 2005, with their children grown, they set sail in Valiam for New Caledonia, a trip that, Frylink Anderson says, ''solidified the dream''. Her mother died of cancer at the age of 48 and in 2005, Frylink Anderson was a similar age. ''For some reason, I thought it could happen to me and I didn't want to waste any more time,'' she says. The couple set sail with a fully stocked fridge, some savings and plans to paint on the voyage. Leaving from Mooloolaba, they made their way to Papua New Guinea and then on to south-east Asia, through the Indian Ocean to South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, the Galapagos Islands and into the Pacific, stopping in 30 countries along the way. At 13.7 metres long and 4.2 metres wide, with a queen-size bed and a gas oven and stove, the boat ''feels like a beach shack on the water, a studio apartment with a very spacious saloon''. And because only 25 per cent of their two years were actually spent sailing -- the rest was spent in the ports -- they didn't suffer from cabin fever. The voyage actually helped keep the marital spark alive, she says. ''We always get on much better when we're together having an adventure. The reason why our marriage is still together 33 years later is that we always had really good holidays.'' Linda Frylink Anderson will talk about her book, Sailing in My Sarong, during the Sydney International Boat Show in the Better Boating Lounge, Hall 2, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour, at 4pm from July 29-31.
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