The author writes with clarity and flair, and is persuasive. So much so that the reader is tempted to abandon all and take off - as they Copelands did. Whether you sail or not, they show that you can make your dreams come true. -- Lewis Perinbam, World Development Executive, Former President Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), A Founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Service Overseas (CUSO)
Throw off the dock lines and sail away. How often we've wished it, thought about it, dreamed it. The Copeland family, however did it. What started out as a two-year respite from the daily rat race slowly grew into a six-year circumnavigation for this family of five from Vancouver, BC.
This vastly entertaining account never gets bogged down in too many details, never gets too focused on the traumas and dangers of cruising, while still giving the reader the basics of what it took to prepare for and to undertake the extended journey. For anyone yearning to escape into the cruising lifestyle, JUST CRUISING shows how you can take three small children and set off on the adventure of a lifetime. It's great inspiration for all of us who are too afraid to do it.
The second half of the circumnavigation, from Australia back to Vancouver, BC, will be told in STILL CRUISING. -- Jeffrey D. Briggs, 48 degrees North Magazine
Liza grew up racing sailboats, and met Andy in the Sunfish World Championships in Venezuela. After running charter yachts in the Caribbean they were married aboard the famous yacht 'Ticonderoga', then moved to live in Vancouver. With many deliveries, a circumnavigation, cruising their home waters of the Pacific Northwest and a recent trip around North and Central America, they have cruised over 85,000 miles together.