A true sailing adventure from New Zealand to England. (See a book sample here)
On May 5th, 1994, at 9.30 am on a chilly, sunlit day, Ebony, a 36ft Roberts Spray, left the safety of Lyttleton Harbour in New Zealand, to venture into the unknown, where nothing would be predictable.
The voyage plan was to follow the famous trade wind route, sailing from New Zealand to England.
All too soon, they found themselves battling their way to Sydney, Australia. Caught in a ruthless storm with no contact with the outside world, they were truly alone. All the romantic notions of the ultimate cruising life disappeared into oblivion.
Step aboard Ebony and take an adventure, an epic 15-month voyage. Experience the day-to-day passionate tale, packed with intrigue, and at times suspense. Experience the delights of the lands visited and learn more about the world of international sailing. This was a life changing adventure, with a dramatic, unexpected, ending.
Caution to the Wind Book "A true sailing adventure"
Table of Contents
Map of the route travelled
01. A Dream or Reality
02. Finding the Right Yacht
03. Oodles of Preparations
04. May 5th D-Day
05. Set Sail for Sydney
06. Port Taranaki & Mike’s Decision
07. Thoughts of Flying to Brisbane
08. The Storm
09. Hasty Getaway
10. Change of Course to Nouméa
11. The Arrival
12. The Delights of Day-Sailing up the East Coast of Australia
14. The Plague
15. Ashmore Reef & Contact with Ocean Reaper
16. Christmas Island
17. Sri Lanka
18. A Pleasant Sojourn by Train
19. The Question of India
20. Paradise at the Maldives
21. Oman or Mukalla ‘Yemen’?
22. Pakistani Friends
23. Fun Times at Mukalla
24. The Red Sea & its Many Guises
25. Stepping Back in Time in ‘Suakin’
26. Convoy up The Red Sea
27. Meeting with the Prince
28. Big Decisions: to Continue or to Fly Home
29. Freedom from the Red Sea
30. Compass Problems & Repairs at Paphos ‘Cyprus’
31. Change of Course to Kastellorizon
32. Sailing Overload
33. The Beauty of Stromboli
34. Port St Louis & the Canal & River Experience
35. The Beauty of Lyon
36. Ebony in Paris
37. Across The English Channel
38. What after Cruising?
About the Author
Glossary of Sailing Terms
Caution To The Wind
By Linda K. Ford
A Dream or Reality
Looking back now, I can remember these words clearly
“For many years, going back as far as I can remember,
I’ve had a yearning to sail to England,” said Geoff, one
sunny spring afternoon. We were sitting on a cliff along
the dramatic coastline of New Zealand’s east coast at
the time, near the small town of Kaikoura. The towering
peaks of the lightly snow-capped mountains glistened in
the distance as the grey seals lazed on the rocks below.
He continued, his voice vibrating a passion from deep
within. “I’ve reached a stage in my life where if I don’t
make the attempt now, it may be lost forever.” He stood up
to pace back and forth; the expression on his face deadly
“Lin,” he said as he reached out for my hand. Since
meeting you, I can see how together we can make this
dream become a reality. Would you dare to plan such an
adventure with me?”
The only sound to be heard was the surf sporadically
pounding against the shore, swirling the long strands of
kelp, as it heaved onto the stony grey surface.
At this stage, I had not known Geoff long, but the mere
idea touched my sense of adventure. Thoughts speedily
race through my mind, as there was much to consider. For
some weeks after, Geoff and I discussed our options. My
main concern was my two children, Mathew and Nicole,
who had been living with me since the breakup with my
husband, years before. Geoff believed it to be too risky to
take them with us, having never attempted an overseas
We estimated that it could take up to 3-4 years to
arrange and around 15 months to sail to England. After
many hours of deliberation, I decided to talk to my ex-husband, Phillip, to see if he would have the children live
with him during this time. I planned to have them join me
at some stage of the journey. It was this thought that made
it more manageable.
I never realized at the time how this conversation and my
initial decision to sail would, in the future affect my life
and my children’s so dramatically.......