tobi & mobi dee – the book

For the last two years I have been working on my next book. It looks like it will be ready to be published in April or May this year.

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Tobi & Mobi Dee – The Secret of the Arctic Ice – is a story about a young sailor Tobi and his best – whale – friend Mobi Dee. The two were born at the same time and have been traveling the Seven Seas ever since. While Tobi lives on his sailing boat SV Rainbowchaser, Mobi Dee swims along during their adventures.

Through a magic event in his childhood Tobi speaks “whalish” and is able to communicate with his best friend.

In this book Tobi and Mobi Dee get a request for help from their friend Franz, a one-tonne walrus, who lives in the Arctic Circle. Franz is worried about the amount of Ice that keeps on disappearing around his family home.

This is not just a story about two friends and their adventures but aims to educate young readers as they follow the story. Kids will learn about sailing, wind, weather and ocean related terms and are immersed in a story that uncovers climate change related issues and solutions.

The book is the result of bedtime stories I told my own kids that were deliberately spiked with some real life sailing and climate knowledge.

the big sail

Got up this morning at 3:45am. Shower and kiss the family (boys asleep – love you boys). Fastest Uber drive to Syndey domestic terminal 2. No traffic at 4:30am 👍

Was a bit anxious about my life vest which was in the check-in luggage. It has a CO2 cartridge and is considered as “dangerous goods” under aviation laws.

I had two options. Not to tell them and hope for the best or tell them and then go through all the nonsense procedures (call manager, get dangerous goods slip and so on)

Keep in mind these CO2 cartridges are the exact same cartridges all planes carry under the seats in the onboard life vests.

What can I say I am not good at lying so when lovely “Jenny” asked me “do you have any of these dangerous goods in your luggage (pointing at the poster) I gave in. Only 35min later I was able to go to the gate. First Jenny had trouble finding the right phone number, then I had to unpack the vest, show them, pack again, another call, manager arrives…anyway I spare you the rest. I made it. Next time I won’t say a word. Promise.

After touching down at Melbourne Avalon the airport presents itself with what must be the worlds smallest luggage claim. Very sweet.

Continued on the Skybus (24$ one way) to Melbourne CBD. Turns out the bloody bus takes longer from the airport to city center than the whole flight from Sydney to Melbourne 😳 Note to self. Fly to Tullamarine next time.

Arrived at Skipper’s house met everyone and then dropped off all our luggage at the boat. Fixed a few things and in general prepped the boat for our big sail to Sydney.

Evening passed quickly and we had an early night.

the big trip

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.

On Monday I’ll be flying to Melbourne and then sail from the Port of Melbourne back to Sydney.

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endless happiness if you win the rat race

Illustrator Steve Cutts sets his animation, “Happiness,” in a teeming urban environment, with hundreds of near identical cartoon rats standing in for human drudges in an unfulfilling, and not unfamiliar race.

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sv rehua- the “dos angelos” cruising family

After a sailing holiday in 2013 Audrie and Seathan decided that quitting the rat race and going full time sailing with their kids made perfect sense. They have been sailing ever since.

The "SV Rehua" crew has been cruising since
2019

Wow, number 3! If you have been following my blog you know that I have started a series of short profiles about some of the most interesting and inspiring cruising families. People I have come across via social media or in person.

If you are not a follower of my blog, but reading this and think it sounds quite interesting…well, now is a good time to subscribe

SV Rehua is the third family that was so kind to answer my questions and provide some background information on their sailing life. You can find a full list of families and reasons why I am doing this here. Check last week’s post about “Sailing Alma” here and my first post in this series about the “Feel the Breeze” family here

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sv rainbow chaser

As you know we are currently searching for the right boat for us. Our favourite is a Beneteau 57. As with all bigger purchases in life this is about compromising and considering all sorts of options such as affordability, space, seaworthiness and so on.

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vlogs – individuals sailing the world

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude – Henry David Thoreau

I just put together a collection of sailing-related vloggers and split these into 3 posts – families, couples and individuals. You can find the other vlog posts here.

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vlogs – couples sailing the world

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. – Emily Kimbrough

I just put together a collection of sailing-related vloggers and split these into 3 posts – families, couples and individuals. You can find the other vlog posts here.

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sailing alma – the “challengers” cruising family

In 2015, Angela and Yulian followed their dream to become full-time cruisers and sail the world.

The "Sailing Alma" crew has been cruising since
2000

If you have been following my blog you know that I have started a series of short profiles about some of the most interesting and inspiring cruising families. People I have come across via social media or in person. 

Sailing Alma is the second family that was so kind to answer my questions and provide some background information on their sailing life. You can find a full list of families and reasons why I am doing this here. Check last week’s post about the “Feel the Breeze” family here.

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vlogs – families sailing the world

The memories we make with our family is everything.” Candace Cameron Bure

I put together a collection of sailing-related vloggers and split these into 3 posts – families, couples and individuals.

You can find the other vlog posts here.

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sailing knowledge vlogs

“Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.” – Confucius

As part of my blue ocean family cruising research, I come across some valuable resources in the form of YouTube vlogs.

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coconut bikini – the book

About 9 months ago I decided to write a book. Given that I will soon turn 50 that might very well be a “midlife crisis idea” except,  I actually started writing many many years ago. Some of the stuff I have written will make its way into the book.

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feel the breeze – the “young baby” cruising family

Rianne, Gerben and Jr. Captain Benjamin set sail to explore the world and feel the breeze on their Beneteau 57 “Perfect Sense”

The "Feel the Breeze" crew has been cruising since
2000

Over the next few weeks I will be posting a series of short profiles about some of the most interesting and inspiring cruising families. You can find the full list of families here and if you feel I missed someone, please shout. 

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families sailing around the world

Sailing around the world as a family might sound crazy but I am glad to let you know there are plenty of families doing exactly this. We have been following these families on social media and are in contact with some of them.

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sailing for the planet

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will safe it – Robert Swan OBE

Boris Hermann is a German offshore racing sailor who has set his eyes on becoming the first German to compete in the Vendée Globe in 2020.

The Vendée Globe is a single-handed (solo) non-stop yacht race around the world without assistance. Basically this means if you participate in this race you are putting your life on the line. 

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