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Owner: The Cruising Kiwis

Sacrifice SUCKS until you win : Sailing & rowing


Location: Tioman Island
Latitude: 2.82000000
Longitude: 104.16000000
Published: 6 Sep 2023

Sacrifice SUCKS until you win : Sailing & rowing

No life is without sacrifice. Living on a sailing catamaran constantly moving from anchorage to anchorage, remote tropical island to white sand peninsula doesn't sound too bad but there were big sacrifices made to make this happen and big sacrifices going on still.
I believe it is our sailing teens, Declan and Ivan who have sacrificed the most for this nomadic lifestyle. They often go months without seeing other kids their age to interact with so it was wonderful moment, on Tioman Island, when a group of beautiful bikini clad teenagers swam out to the boat. The boys made instant friends and disappeared of to the beach with them to hangout and play football.
Our eldest son Finn has made plenty of scarce too for his sport. Training hard, missing social events and getting to bed early in an attempt to make it to the top in his chosen sport, rowing. Today he jumps into his row boat to test himself against the top rowers his age at the World Under 23 rowing championships in what turned out to be a nail biting race to the finishing line.

Rowing Photography - Vera
Supplementary video- World rowing

Luna Keller - I don't know where I'm going
David Mumford - Ball and chain

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Much love to you all,
Rob, Rachel, Finn, Declan, Ivan

In 1997, after rowing at the Atlanta Olympics, Rob rowed a tiny 7m (22 foot) plywood boat 2,500 miles from Tenerife (Canary Islands) to Barbados (Caribbean). It took six weeks for Rob and rowing partner, Phil Stubbs, to complete winning the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race.

Skip forward to 2014 and, married with three children, Rob and his wife Rachel purchased Javelot, a 43 ft Fountaine Pajot catamaran. Armed only with Rob's 3 years of racing P class yachts from the age of 11 to 13, and Rachel's non existent sailing knowledge, We set off to learn the ropes of ocean sailing. We broke stuff, replaced stuff and got to know their boat before heading offshore with the kids, Finn (then 13), Declan (then 11) and Ivan (then 8), in tow. Through trial and error we have become confident wayfarers, kind of.
The plan? To sail around the world.
Part of the journey will be retracing Rob’s eldest brother Kerry’s travels at sea. Using Kerry’s original letters from the 1970’s we hope to retrace his movements from Australia through Indonesia and South East Asia to Cambodia where Kerry’s life was cut short after straying into Cambodian waters in 1978. Kerry and two friends were attacked by a Khmer Rouge gun boat, captured, tortured and executed.
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