Jackie Parry – author

Of Foreign Build – Photo Album

Welcome to our photo album.

These pictures complement my book Of Foreign Build. Either scroll through/down or select which set of pictures you’d like to view.

I hope you like them.

Why ‘Of Foreign Build’? Scroll down to the end of this list to see why.

Mariah II / Jackie & Noel

Getting to know Mariah and finding my way in this watery world

The Storm

Life on board

BALI – our first foreign port!

Radio Scheds or Nets

Playing with orangutans

Work continues / and Malaysia

Thailand

Sri Lanka

Weather watching / Weatherfax

The Flying Fish experience!

The Radio Mic experience!

The Maldives and “that” Valentines moment!

Eritrea

Egypt

Writing

Up the mast and photography

Hertfordshire and home – Noel fulfils a life-long dream – plus Yorkshire and Staffordshire!

Agadir

The Cape Verdes

Atlantic crossing

Working in a brothel

Bahamas

Intracoastal waterways of America and The Great Loop

Sinking in Florida

The fun begins with the locks

Mariah’s claim to fame

Cuba

Caymans

San Blas

Panama Canal

Galapagos

Pacific Islands (after Galapagos)

Ahe

Tahiti & Moorea

Aitutaki

Nuie

Back home!

Map of our journey

 

Why ‘Of Foreign Build’?

Well apart from feeling very ‘foreign’ at the start of the story, this customs clearance form is one of my favourite pieces of paper, with a great description of me

‘…one female, foreign built…’

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Mariah II / Jackie & Noel

 

Noel & Jackie in Portugal (top). Down-wind sailing on Mariah - this brings tears of joyful memories...

Noel & Jackie in Portugal (top). Down-wind sailing on Mariah – this brings tears of joyful memories…

Mariah II & us in the Caribbean.

Mariah II & us in the Caribbean.

 

Mariah on the hard

Mariah on the hard

Her lovely bottom! Canoe stern.

Her lovely bottom! Canoe stern.

Aries windvane connected to auto-helm, this worked a treat.

Aries windvane connected to auto-helm, this worked a treat.

Our galley - where the bread making tuition took place - while Noel was with Aqualung!

Our galley – where the bread making tuition took place – while Noel was with Aqualung!

Mariah was small (33ft) but very roomy and comfortable.

Mariah was small (33ft) but very roomy and comfortable.

On deck, trying to figure it all out.

I’m on deck, starting to get to grips with this life.

 

Faithful Yanmar, which we installed in Brisbane.

Faithful Yanmar, which we installed in Brisbane.

 

Getting to know Mariah and finding my way in this watery world

 

Sensible 9-5 life or this?

Sensible 9-5 life or this?

"Look at all this space", I thought. We soon filled it up!

“Look at all this space”, I thought. We soon filled it up!

I found "house-work" to be a little different...

I found “house-work” to be a little different…

and 'doing the laundry' a new challenge.

and ‘doing the laundry’ a new challenge.

 

Maintenance is new to me in more ways than one!

Maintenance is new to me in more ways than one!

 

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My horse riding days gave me great balance in the dinghy

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A full time job – but I loved it!

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An important job that I claimed for my own.

Our v-birth which I enjoyed painting.

Our v-birth which I enjoyed painting.

Noel had the patience to teach me.

Noel had the patience to teach me.

This is Noel stealing my idea for removing the water from the paint.... it is unusual and you have to read the book to find out why new cruising folk sometimes come up with the best ideas!

This is Noel stealing my idea for removing the water from the paint…. it is unusual and you have to read the book to find out why new cruising folk sometimes come up with the best ideas!

 

THE STORM!

 

The storm - you HAD to just get on with it!

The storm – you HAD to just get on with it!

It's hard to capture the height of waves on camera - they were like 'walls of water'.

It’s hard to capture the height of waves on camera – they were like ‘walls of water’.

 

LIFE ON BOARD

Getting water was an adventure.

Getting water was an adventure.

Sometimes getting food was an adventure!

Sometimes getting food was an adventure!

BALI – OUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL PORT!

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We made it to Bali! Where the fun didn’t stop on anchor.

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Temples I’d only seen in books.

RADIO SCHEDS OR NETS

As I became more confident I became a Net Controller

As I became more confident I became a Net Controller

Sample of Net Controller's job.

Sample of Net Controller’s job.

PLAYING WITH ORANGUTANS

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I held his hand! “We were becoming trusting fools!”

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Noel’s buddy! You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.

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You can see why our encounter with King was scary!

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Cheeky face and Michael (Noel’s other mate!)

WORK CONTINUES / AND MALASIA

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Every year we hauled out and I had become in-charge of looking after Mariah’s underwater bottom. Anti-foul is not pleasant paint, so protective gear is important.

Not quite the sunset at Jimmy's (Langkawi) but we witnessed some spectacular colours

Not quite the sunset at Jimmy’s (Langkawi) but we witnessed some spectacular colours

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Work continues, but we made time for sight-seeing – the tea plantation.

THAILAND

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Thailand

SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Snake Charmer

Snake Charmer

WEATHER WATCHING / WEATHERFAX

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Wind and wave weatherfax

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Synoptic Chart from weatherfax

THE FLYING FISH EXPERIENCE!

The flying-fish experience!

The flying-fish experience!

 

THE RADIO MIC EXPERIENCE!

I was now adept at Radio use - remember to always replace the mic carefully....after what happened to us in Oman!

I was now adept at Radio use – remember to always replace the mic carefully….after what happened to us in Oman!

 

THE MALDIVES AND ‘THAT VALENTINES MOMENT!’

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Playful kids in the Maldives

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A sense of achievement for us – even though Noel was ‘in the pooh’ a little! πŸ˜‰

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The first thing we did on arrival is play “it” – loved these kids!

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ERITREA

Eritrea life - the coffee ceremony was the highlight though.

Eritrea life – the coffee ceremony was the highlight though.

 

EGYPT

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… and so it went on ….

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Gray days and bumpy seas

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On watch we always wear our harnesses

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While checking into Egypt, an oil slick ‘checked-in’ to our hull!

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Having fun at the Pyramids – we laughed all day (except when the Camel Handler had an argument with a camel) and I forgot those “Medusa Woman” moments of when the Red Sea Pilots were nagging us!

 

WRITING

I started to have some of my sailing articles published! A perfect office with plenty of material!

I started to have some of my sailing articles published! A perfect office with plenty of material!

 

UP THE MAST AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Noel and I took it in turns with all the jobs on board. Noel took his camera up the mast - you can just see me on deck.

Noel and I took it in turns with all the jobs on board. Noel took his camera up the mast – you can just see me on deck.

I started thinking more of our photos, I love the contrasts of this picture - the practical, the beautiful and the handsome!

I started thinking more of our photos, I love the contrasts of this picture – the practical, the beautiful and the handsome!

 

Hertfordshire and home – Noel fulfils a life-long dream – plus Yorkshire and Staffordshire!

Mariah trucked to Hertfordshire and my parents' garden.

Mariah trucked to Hertfordshire and my parents’ garden.

Mariah under a glorious Oak tree and my dad helping control our mast, which was on its way to its 'perfect' storage space.

Mariah under a glorious Oak tree and my dad helping control our mast, which was on its way to its ‘perfect’ storage space.

Renovating our house in Staffordshire - again! - the 'bright' paint  was on the ceiling too - the tenants trying to hide the fire damage! (Dad and Noel)

Renovating our house in Staffordshire – again! – the ‘bright’ paint was on the ceiling too – the tenants trying to hide the fire damage! (Dad and Noel)

Our house in Staffordshire with the rental sign on it  - a great house!

Our house in Staffordshire with the rental sign on it – a great house!

Time to earn some money! Noel went a bit loopy working in Yorkshire in the middle of winter!

Time to earn some money! Noel went a bit loopy working in Yorkshire in the middle of winter!

AGADIR

Agadir - exhausted but happy.

Agadir – exhausted but happy.

 

In Agadir they don't use much rust converter!

In Agadir they don’t use much rust converter!

 

Happy to be in a safe port with 'some-weather' coming!

Happy to be in a safe port with ‘some-weather’ coming!

CAPE VERDES

Checking in to the Verdes (we checked in and out at the same time) - Den from Frodo on our left.

Checking in to the Verdes (we checked in and out at the same time) – Den from Frodo on our left.

Not much growing in the Verdes.

Not much growing in the Verdes.

Den (from Frodo) and Noel discuss the next leg - crossing the Atlantic! Notice the containers of water we will be ferrying back to Mariah.

Den (from Frodo) and Noel discuss the next leg – crossing the Atlantic! Notice the containers of water we will be ferrying back to Mariah.

Sao Vicente

Sao Vicente

A cool beer with cool company - Den, Noel and me on Frodo - 'Tash is taking the picture. Discussing the up and coming Atlantic crossing.

A cool beer with cool company – Den, Noel and me on Frodo – ‘Tash is taking the picture. Discussing the up and coming Atlantic crossing.

THE ATLANTIC CROSSING

The Atlantic crossing. Vivid sunsets.

The Atlantic crossing. Vivid sunsets.

Squalls

Squalls

Weather warnings?

Weather warnings?

Dinner anyone?

Dinner anyone?

WORKING IN A BROTHEL!

Frodo had just arrived into Barbados the day after us. Crossing the Atlantic celebrations!

Frodo had just arrived into Barbados the day after us. Crossing the Atlantic celebrations!

 

Gifts from my mum!

Gifts from my mum!

 

'Tash took me diving. Den and 'Tash become incredible friends.

‘Tash took me diving. Den and ‘Tash become incredible friends.

What a life! 'Tash and I have fun diving.

What a life! ‘Tash and I have fun diving.

 

Noel and Den working in the brothel!

Noel and Den working in the brothel!

View from the dinghy-building-brothel-workshed.

View from the dinghy-building-brothel-workshed.

"Are you gonna fiba-glass dat ting, mon?'

“Are you gonna fiba-glass dat ting, mon?’

It's taking shape.

It’s taking shape.

 

Just add water!

Just add water!

Painting party!

Painting party!

Each day Den would pick Noel up from Mariah, at lunchtime I would swim to shore with sandwiches and drinks. I never got stuck in rush-hour traffic! ;-)

Each day Den would pick Noel up from Mariah, at lunchtime I would swim to shore with sandwiches and drinks. I never got stuck in rush-hour traffic! πŸ˜‰

After a days work - a cool beer.

After a days work – a cool beer.

Friendly on the surface, but "all they wanna do is...."

Friendly on the surface, but “all they wanna do is….”

Hmmmmmm

Hmmmmmm

PJ II is finally finished.

PJ II is finally finished.

We couldn't have got the dinghy together without the help of Den and 'Tash.

We couldn’t have got the dinghy together without the help of Den and ‘Tash.

The gorgeous 'Tash and their colourful dinghy cover!

The gorgeous ‘Tash and their colourful dinghy cover!

A celebratory dinner - PJII is complete, and celebrating life!

A celebratory dinner – PJII is complete, and celebrating life!

BAHAMAS

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Enroute to the Bahamas, sighting dolphins always gave us great joy and meant it would be a good trip

Picking our way through reefs to the anchorage in Mayaguana

Picking our way through reefs to the anchorage in Mayaguana

A quick trip ashore at Mayaguana - nice to be on land!

A quick trip ashore at Mayaguana – nice to be on land!

THE INTRACOASTAL WATERWAYS OF AMERICA AND THE GREAT LOOP

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Arriving into America.

Arriving into America.

Sinking in Florida
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Nearly sunk the boat in the early hours!

Nearly sunk the boat in the early hours! I am not happy and the sweet, sticky cans of drinks opened up and shot everywhere!

The IntraCoastal Waterway (first part of The Great Loop)

The IntraCoastal Waterway (first part of The Great Loop)

The Dismal Swamp (not very dismal, but very large - bitey - flies!)

The Dismal Swamp (not very dismal, but very large – bitey – flies!)

Lumber Baron houses on the east coast.

Lumber Baron houses on the east coast.

Ever changing vistas

Ever changing vistas

A safe anchorage in an approaching storm - on the east coast

A safe anchorage in an approaching storm – on the east coast

We puttered off the main channel to find incredibly protected anchor sites - rafted with Frodo

We puttered off the main channel to find incredibly protected anchor sites – rafted with Frodo

Special times! Mariah and Frodo

Special times! Mariah and Frodo

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The gang and the 'thoughtfully installed water pump' after walking through the mud we could sun-dry for ballast!

The gang and the ‘thoughtfully installed water pump’ after walking through the mud we could sun-dry for ballast!

The mast can stay up on the east coast ICW, as the bridges open for us.

The mast can stay up on the east coast ICW, as the bridges open for us.

'Tash on Frodo - catching us up

‘Tash on Frodo – catching us up

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We sailed many miles along the channels in company of Den and 'Tash on Frodo.

We sailed many miles along the channels in company of Den and ‘Tash on Frodo.

A few bugs hung around some-days.

A few bugs hung around some-days.

Then the mast comes down as we turn west to go further inland.

Then the mast comes down as we turn west to go further inland.

THE FUN BEGINS WITH THE LOCKS

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Enormous locks and creaking chambers!

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Lengthy lines a must

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After we’d found something to tie to (other than each other) – the locks were easy

Chicago - the best way to see it, via boat.

Chicago – the best way to see it, via boat.

MARIAH’S CLAIMS TO FAME!

 

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The Big Shoot – Mariah with us both on board

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The Lift Lock in Canada

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Approaching the Lift Lock

Dwarfed by enormous barges - we just snuck into this gap before the barge (two in the middle) came down the narrow channel!

Dwarfed by enormous barges – we just snuck into this gap before the barge (two in the middle) came down the narrow channel!

Enormous tugs pushing many barges.

Enormous tugs pushing many barges.

The deft handling from the skippers was really something!

The deft handling from the skippers was really something!

Awaiting on anchor for one lock we got caught up with a rather large tree.

Awaiting on anchor for one lock we got caught up with a rather large tree.

PJII becoming a bit unruly in the great lakes - well he was born in a brothel!

PJII becoming a bit unruly in the great lakes – well he was born in a brothel!

PJII was a faithful servant (except when he 'escaped'), I did a fair bit of sounding as the depths were not marked off the channel.

PJII was a faithful servant (except when he ‘escaped’), I did a fair bit of sounding as the depths were not marked off the channel.

Fabulous anchor sites,all to ourselves!

Fabulous anchor sites,all to ourselves!

Stunning surroundings

Stunning surroundings

We promised to come back and spend more time in Canada's part of The Great Loop - it's still on our bucket list.

We promised to come back and spend more time in Canada’s part of The Great Loop – it’s still on our bucket list.

Just beautiful

Just beautiful

We tried to make a claim in Canada....

We tried to make a claim in Canada….

Fabulous!

Fabulous!

Such fun, relaxing times

Such fun, relaxing times

Weather watching was still important

Weather watching was still important

 

The Tenn-Tom

The Tenn-Tom

CUBA!

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En route to Cuba

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Near Cuba

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Safely moored in Cuba

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The bank at Cuba!

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Relaxed and happy and safe in Cuba – enjoying our home

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The sights of Cuba

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A Cuban Pharmacy – so interesting!

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Of course – the cars!

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The fresh food markets – where bags of vegetables are purchased for pennies!

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Cuban book store

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Noel waited in a cafe for a pizza…..

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…. he waited a bit too long! (The pizza was diabolical and after waiting over an hour he didn’t eat it!)

Stuck at Cuba waiting for the wind to abate - meanwhile in Caymans . . . . .

Stuck at Cuba waiting for the wind to abate – meanwhile in Caymans . . . . .

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Southern Cuba – after the big-seas – washing salt off our bed.

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Noel lovingly washed the beer that got covered in salt spray

CAYMANS

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We collected my dad at the Caymans and promptly went shopping!

Dad was great crew!

Dad was great crew!

 

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At sea with my dad, a special time!

SAN BLAS

San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands

Old Smiley - a lovely encounter

Old Smiley – a lovely encounter

Old Smiley's daughter - mesmorised by her gift.

Old Smiley’s daughter – mesmorised by her gift.

Locals selling Molas

Locals selling Molas

San Blas islands are magnificent

San Blas islands are magnificent

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Stepping ashore on one of the un-inhabited islands

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A great opportunity for my dad to experience a part of our nomadic lives!

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San Blas abode

Dad with the San Blas Island locals (2)

Dad having fun with the locals

PANAMA CANAL

En route to Panama, dad was a real pleasure to have on board - having another crew member on board had other 'odd' rewards.... it's all in the book!

En route to Panama, dad was a real pleasure to have on board – having another crew member on board had other ‘odd’ rewards…. it’s all in the book!

Dad and Noel completing panama canal paperwork

Checking in for the canal took three days!

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Hiring a taxi driver was the way to go when sorting through the Canal paperwork

Noel smoked in those days, he'd just purchased some black-market cigarettes and suddenly a load of police were around him - fortunately, not for him - but he was a trifle worried for a moment!

Noel smoked in those days, he’d just purchased some black-market cigarettes and suddenly a load of police were around him – fortunately, not for him – but he was a trifle worried for a moment!

The dinghy dock payment each day was good fun too!

The dinghy dock payment each day was good fun too!

The desperate streets of Colon, we made sure the taxi door was locked!

The desperate streets of Colon, we made sure the taxi door was locked!

We 'locked through' on board Theta first (with our New Zealand friends Barry and Judy) - great practice and a fun time with lovely people.

We ‘locked through’ on board Theta first (with our New Zealand friends Barry and Judy) – great practice and a fun time with lovely people.

Mid canal crossing (on board Theta) we all took advantage of the fresh water lake!

Mid canal crossing (on board Theta) we all took advantage of the fresh water lake!

I'm in the dinghy, loading up with rubber tyres to use as fenders on Mariah. I was the smallest, so I got the job of ferrying them to the boat!

I’m in the dinghy, loading up with rubber tyres to use as fenders on Mariah. I was the smallest, so I got the job of ferrying them to the boat!

Our team - (l to r) - Dad, Noel and Col.  Michael - the additional crew joined us too).

Our team – (l to r) – Dad, Noel and Col. Michael – the additional crew joined us too).

Watch for the Monkey's Fist! - while locking through.

Watch for the Monkey’s Fist! – while locking through.

A few laughs were had, the first day is a long day!

A few laughs were had, the first day is a long day!

Dad at the ready.

Dad at the ready.

Locking through on Mariah - the fresh water lakes were out of bounds - the man with the gun said so - it was 'very dangrous' - read the book to find out why we all shuddered!

Locking through on Mariah – the fresh water lakes were out of bounds – the man with the gun said so – it was ‘very dangrous’ – read the book to find out why we all shuddered!

The team worked hard - an incredible experience for us all!

The team worked hard – an incredible experience for us all!

Back in the Pacific - a tired but elated team - all proud and over-flowing with amazing memories - a very special time in our lives!

Back in the Pacific – a tired but elated team – all proud and over-flowing with amazing memories – a very special time in our lives!

GALAPAGOS

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Galapagos Island

The bubbles are about to hit

This was the most extraordinary experience of my life – read the book to find out what happened next!

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Post Office Island in Galapagos, we were one of the lucky few who got to see the Island and partake in part of the ‘long-gone whalers, way of mailing letters’

Pacific Islands (after Galapagos)

During the trek at Nuku Hiva to the 3rd largest waterfall in the world

During the trek at Nuku Hiva to the 3rd largest waterfall in the world

Even in paradise (Fatu Hiva) the washing has to be done

Even in paradise (Fatu Hiva) the washing has to be done

Local girls at the Bay of Virgins help us collect water in exchange for jelly beans

Local girls at the Bay of Virgins help us collect water in exchange for jelly beans

Nuku Hiva fresh market at 4am

Nuku Hiva fresh market at 4am

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Daniels’ Bay walk – with our tour guide – the dog!

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Daniel’s Bay

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Marquesas, landfall after 21 days!

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Noel and Alim (from My Chance) – great buddies!

AHE

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Ahe was a delight

At Ahe, the children are safe and capture our hearts

At Ahe, the children are safe and capture our hearts

TAHITI AND MOOREA

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Moorea and friendly sea-life

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The anchor winch packed-up in Tahiti – a frustrating time!

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That incredible ‘whale’ episode! I still find it hard to believe what happened!

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South Tahiti, a lovely anchorage and a dinghy outboard that needed repair!

Noel is aided by his daughter Mel after another snorkeling dive

Mel comes to visit – Noel is helped by his daughter Mel after another snorkel dive

Noel enjoys a peaceful moment on the bow (3)

Noel enjoys a peaceful moment on the bow

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Jackie, Kian (from My Chance), Judy (from Theta) and Elyse (from Iron Mistress) – lovely ladies! At Moorea.

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Rob (Iron Mistress), Noel and Barry (Theta) fight over blankey!

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Mel looks at all the pearls on offer. Alim had some lovely pearls which he shared with the ladies!

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Noel and Mel snorkeling

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Our picnic destination! Near Tahiti

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Laundry still needed to be done – even in Tahiti

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Noel and Mel

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Sights around Tahiti

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More lovely cruising ladies – Kian (My Chance), Ann (Novia), Nana (Adverse Conditions) and Jackie

AITUTAKI

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A heavenly place

Checking in to Aitutaki

Checking in to Aitutaki

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Great Galloping fun at Atitutaki!

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Rescuing dinghies – lead to amazing rewards!

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One of the wonderful dancers at Atitutaki

NUIE

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Mr President!

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The dinghy park at Nuie

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Hauling up the dinghy!

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Stunning anchorages!

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Noel, controlling the dinghy, while I haul.

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Nuie was one of our favourite destinations

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Cave diving – Nuie – where the water was so clear, you couldn’t see it!

BACK HOME!

Back home!

Back home!

Visiting Iluka, where Colin and Brenda lived (Noel's brother in law and wife).

Visiting Iluka, where Colin and Brenda lived (Noel’s brother in law and wife). Who had helped us so much at the start.

We made new friends, Clive and Andrea on board Rainbird, came over to dinner on Mariah.... a lovely new relationship.

We made new friends, Clive and Andrea on board Rainbird, came over to dinner on Mariah…. a lovely new relationship.

On anchor at Moruya NSW, where we studied to become Master 5 qualified (skipper of vessels up to 24 metres)

On anchor at Moruya NSW, where we studied to become Master 5 qualified (skipper of vessels up to 24 metres) – before coming maritime teachers ourselves.

Mariah at Greenwell Point, our mooring and home

Mariah at Greenwell Point, our mooring and home

Sad day when we sold Mariah - during survey when the surveyor thought she was 'a fantastic boat!'

Sad day when we sold Mariah – during survey when the surveyor thought she was ‘a fantastic boat!’

We became rescue skippers and got involved in all sorts of training

We became rescue skippers and got involved in all sorts of training

Practical exercises on police boats, while training others

Practical exercises on police boats, while training others

We worked in Papua New Guinea as skippers

We worked in Papua New Guinea as skippers

I used everything I'd learned on Mariah and studying, while skippering ships in PNG

I used everything I’d learned on Mariah and studying, while skippering ships in PNG

It took a while for the all male (local) crew to accept a woman (and a foreign one at that!) on board - but I got there!

It took a while for the all male (local) crew to accept a woman (and a foreign one at that!) on board – but I got there!

Navigating through here with out of date charts was something that was no longer daunting

Navigating through here with out of date charts was something that was no longer daunting

Noel did his fair share of rescues too and training

Noel did his fair share of rescues too and training

I learned an incredible amount and I am still learning . . .

I learned an incredible amount and I am still learning . . .

 

MAP OF OUR JOURNEY (more detail in the printed version of the book)
for website map

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16 thoughts on “Of Foreign Build – Photo Album

  1. Love the pictures, will try patience waiting for book

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  2. Great pics! Loved the book.

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  3. Your story was captivating. The writing style, well it was like enjoying a classic. You should write an new fictional classic… but then again, real is so much more….real. πŸ˜‰ So far this was the best read I’ve found in this genre on Kindle. Thank you so much for writing it.

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    • My goodness Jim – you have made my day – thank you so much. I am working on my next story – Noel and I did some trekking with 5 horses (just Noel me and 5 wonderful beats!) – it is an incredible story – maybe you’d enjoy that too…. fiction after that! I so appreciate you taking the time to write… if you have the time/inclination I would be so grateful if you would put these words on the website from where you purchased my book. As an Indie author – reviews for others to read are so very important. Please stay in touch too!

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  4. Just finished the book. Sad that journey has ended I loved it. The pictures were the icing on the cake. Good luck with your future ventures.

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    • Thanks Mal, I appreciate you taking the time to drop me a line – I am thrilled you enjoyed the book. I am releasing another book in May “A Standard Journey” It is about trekking along the Bicentennial National Trail with five rescued horses – without support – for several months. Thereafter, I plan to release the story of going to America to buy a boat and sail it back to Australia. Hoping to have this one out later this year. Thanks again, if you are comfortable putting your words on Amazon that would be a great help. Drop by and say ‘hi’ again! Regards, Jackie

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  5. I soaked up every precious word of Of Foreign Build, so glad to find a genuine real passionate female sailor and to think I could have missed out on all that is Jackie and Noel! A Boatbooks Australia brochure picked up ‘somewhere’ led me to you. My husband and I are very new to sailing, only a few months into out sailing dream of living and sailing on our yacht. Frustratingly but necessarily still on land until later in the year, surrounded by male sailing dominance, grabbing every opportunity to crew with our local Yacht Club and with a friend on his boat. The better we get, the further we’ll go. I’m longing to get my just ordered Cruisers AA! Thanks to you our dream is even more alive.

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    • Hi Alice, Thanks so much for your lovely email. I am thrilled you enjoyed Of Foreign Build and I am even more thrilled that you are setting off on your own journey! How wonderful. I read you note out to Noel this morning and we both reminisced about how hard we found it to get going, but it was all about just untying and going – it WAS that simple! I love your comment on ‘the better we get, the further we go’ it is a great thought, and what we found was that getting away from the Australian coast was such a relief. Sailing there is THE hardest sailing we did, get away from a big landmass and all those currents and it gets easier and easier – it blew me away! Oh, I could chat for ages, am so excited for you! Do stay in touch and let us know how you go – if ever you just want to ‘chat’ please just drop me a line. I’ve made many new friends who are in a similar position to you and it is great to now be part of their journey (from our Dutch barge!). (Thanks for the wonderful review on Boat Books too! :-), all the very best, Jackie (PS If you use FB there is a wonderful group called Women Who Sail Australia – they are the most supportive and friendly group, from people dreaming about sailing to sailing, it’s a wonderful resource too) πŸ™‚

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  6. Jackie.Loved the book.Beautifully written and takes me back to my saiing years .Thank you…Rowly Taylor

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely email and taking the time to write. I am delighted that you enjoyed my story. I hope to finish writing about our second boat Pyewacket, and how we found her in America and sailing her home to Australia via Easter Island, Pitcairn etc… a tough, but exciting journey. I do hope you get out on the water again – there’s nothing quite like it, is there?

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  7. Great pictures, loved reading the book! Massive inspiration. We’ve just bought a 34 ketch and living on it. Both of us are new to sailing. Our plan is to learn and hopefully in 2 years time carry out our own adventure. Can’t wait to hear about your second boat.

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    • Hi Ben, thanks so much for taking the time to drop me a line. I am thrilled you enjoyed the book…. the next one (on our other boat) will be out -hopefully- before the end of the year. It is coming along nicely! If you haven’t already, I’d love you to put those words down on a review on Amazon… Best of luck with your plans, do let us know how you go and anytime you want to chat/ask for advice, just drop us a line…. fairwinds!

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  8. I just finished reading your book on my kindle and came looking for some pictures. Thank you for posting them. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have just bought another of your books. But first I think I want to read it again with the pictures to refer to. Thanks for a wonderful, inspiring book.

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    • Hi Lisa, thanks so much for your lovely message. It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed my book and the pictures are motivation to read it again! Thanks also for buying another story, let me know how you go with that too, when you get to it. I love hearing from readers, so please drop me a line any time. Kind regards, Jackie

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