Phoenix from the Ashes
Most adventures are meticulously planned – ours came about by accident. For seven years Linda, my wife and I, lived and sailed on board a traditional wooden Gaffer that we built ourselves, as amateurs. Not for us the sweltering sun and tropical islands – we headed to the Celtic Coasts of Scotland and Ireland; visited tiny fishing communities; met the quirky folk who live there, and foraged for our living on their low-water shores. In the winters we headed up to the tops of rivers or sea-lochs where we would be protected from winter’s howling gales; walked the lonely hills by day; and at night read books by the cosy glow of a glass-fronted wood burning stove. Phoenix from the Ashes tells the story of an unexpected journey – but it’s really about the people we met: interesting, funny, quirky or sometimes just downright odd – real people struggling to make sense of the stuff that life throws at them. Just like us. I’m grateful to Nautical Mind for making my book available in Canada – I hope you enjoy it, and I’d love to hear from you via the email address you’ll find inside. Best Wishes, Justin.
Justin and Linda
Renee Petrillo Writes:
When I was a kid growing up in New York City, people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer was “I don’t know, but whatever I’m doing it’s going to be someplace warm.” I was obsessed with finding warmth, defined by year-round 80°F temperatures. In my adult years, I moved across the country three times, settling in Arizona for 16 years. It was almost perfect: great job, great husband, great house, not-so-great winters. Next. The Caribbean was calling, but how to choose an island? A sailboat seemed like a great idea despite our inability to sail (a minor detail). The next thing we knew, we were sailing our own 37-foot catamaran down the Eastern Caribbean, island hopping from Miami to Grenada, and learning what it’s really like to live onboard a boat 24/7. Three years later, we settled into our new Caribbean home and enjoy constant 82°F temperatures. I’m so smart.
Another exciting boat show is behind us! The Toronto International Boat Show ran between January 9th and 17th and was as fun and action packed as any! The boat show always provides such a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet interesting customers from far afield, and check out the latest in boat fashion and tech. This year was no exception as we were joined by some of our favourite authors and sailors.
Sheryl Shard, Paul Shard, and Ann Vanderhoof at our booth at the Toronto Boat Show
Among others, Ann Vanderhoof, Paul and Sheryl Shard, and Liza Copeland all spent some time at our booth. Ann shared tasty recipes from the Caribbean and autographed copies of her new book, The Spice Necklace. Ann’s previous book, An Embarrassment of Mangoes, is one of our all-time bestsellers. Paul and Sheryl Shard, were reeling with the joy of having just purchased a new boat and gave seminars based on their popular Distant Shores series. Finally, Liza Copeland stopped by to talk about her excellent Just Cruising series of books.
See you next year!