WELCOME

We 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.

Read an in-depth interview of Michael and Sharon about how the Larabeck dream became a  reality.

More about us
--More about the Grafs
--How the Larabeck got its name
--land-locked friends

We 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. 

Sharon returned to Springfield in August to resume teaching. Michael sailed from Fiji to Vanuatu,  and will continue on to New Caledonia and Australia where he will sell the boat. 
 

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OCTOBER 2011 WEBPAGES
October 31 (Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 30 (Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 29 (Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 28 (Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 27 (Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 26 (Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 25 (Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 24 (Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 21-23 (Richmond, VA; Santo, Vanuatu)
October 20: no entry
October 19 (Richmond, VA; Oyster Isl. Vanuatu)
October 18 (Richmond, VA; Oyster Isl. Vanuatu)
October 17 (Oyster Isl. Vanuatu)
October 16 (Oyster Isl. Vanuatu)
October 15 (Springfield, IL; Oyster Isl. Vanuatu)
October 14 (Oyster Island, Vanuatu)
October 13 (Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 12 (Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 11 (Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 10 (Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 8-9 (Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 7 (en route to Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu)
October 6 (Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu)
October 5 (Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu)
October 4 (Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu)
October 3 (Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu)
October 2 (Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu)
October 1 (Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu)