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Just Cruising, A Family Travels the World : Europe to Australia Paperback – April 20, 1993
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Sailor or not you will enjoy this book. As one who has traveled widely, I found its descriptions of different cultures, scenery, nature and family travel fascinating. It opens new worlds of adventure and knowledge as you travel with a family who enjoys life to the full. Its anecdotes range from hilarity to suspense - they are always entertaining and most informative.
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
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Liza's work is an inspiration to all and accurately portrays the cruising life. The book is an informative guide for couples and families. "Just Cruising" shows how you can harness the wind and, with planning and caution, can safely cruise to remote and exotic lands. It includes wonderful descriptions of destinations, sights and cultures. Two informative 'how-to' sections complete the book.
During our return voyage to the South Pacific in 1999, we were shocked when we were asked "Are you the Nimbus family as shown in the book "Just Cruising"? From French Polynesnia throughout our voyage to New Zealand, we were routinely approached by young and old, eager to discuss the joy of "Just Cruising"! The book is still in date and used by many as a useful overview to read before making landfall. In conclusion, "Just Cruising" is a must read whether cruising the Med, Caribbean or South Pacific!
Good work Liza!
David Seller SV Nimbus