are the Grafs, Sharon and Michael, of Springfield, Illinois, proud owners
of the Larabeck, a 42-foot yacht. Sharon is an ethnomusicologist
at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Michael is an engineer who
can build or fix just about anything and who caught the sailing bug at
a very young age.
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got its name
the South Pacific is a big adventure and we spent years planning for it.
Read an in-depth
interview of Michael and Sharon about how our dream became a
left Florida in early May, 2010, sailing to the Panama Canal, the Galapagos
Islands, and our longest trek--3000 miles--to the Marquesas Islands! We
have meandered through French Polynesia, Niue, the Cook Islands, Tonga,
and the eastern shore of the north island New Zealand. We toured NZ's south
island by car with friends, then stayed in Auckland where Sharon researched
south pacific music and culture at the University of Auckland. In
late April, we returned to Tonga, spending the summer exploring it and
the islands of Fiji.
We flew back
to Springfield August 4, Sharon to resume teaching and Michael to consult
for his former employer. Michael returned to Fiji in September, sailing
with crew member Mari to Vanuatu.
From there, he and two new crew members, Megan and Tom, sailed to Ile
Huon and Chesterfield
Reef in northern New
Caledonia. They arrived in Bundaberg,
November 14. Michael is now preparing the boat to sell. Stay tuned
for more adventures.
We send daily
updates (via SailMail) and photos
when we find internet. We hope you enjoy following our journey.
In the last
few days I have been making arrangements for what to do with Larabeck,
now that the boat has safely taken us across the S. Pacific. Sharon and
I have changed our plan many times--keeping the boat; selling it; keeping
it; selling it …… The answer as of today is: …… selling Larabeck
am in the Bundaberg
Port Marina. That’s where the P2P
rally activities are . This morning for example we had a free breakfast.
Check out their webpage.
I am also enjoying
having running water and power. So the first part of preparing Larabeck
to sell it is cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.
P.S. My daily
updates will not be daily anymore, but keep tuned. We'll keep letting
you know what’s going on.
Here are a
couple of Larabeck related things to check out today.