Book sign­ing this Sun­day

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Clau­dia Alp clau­dia.alp@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

WHEN Linda FrylinkAn­der­son’s hus­band told her he’d bought a rick­ety tim­ber boat in the Caribbean on eBay, she was less than im­pressed.

What fol­lowed was a three-year jour­ney through the Mediter­ranean and book num­ber two for the ad­ven­tur­ous au­thor.

Ms Frylink-An­der­son and her hus­band, Bill, met at the age of 18 and were mar­ried at 19. Al­though Mr An­der­son had a his­tory of boat­ing in his fam­ily, she started out know­ing noth­ing.

“The first boat, I hated. It tipped over and I was all legs and I didn’t like it at all,” she said.

“Bill had this in­nate urge for sail­ing the world and I loved trav­el­ling. Some­how our two dreams merged.”

Be­tween 2007 and 2010, the cou­ple sailed to 30 coun­tries on their home-built boat Valiam, an amal­ga­ma­tion of the names of daugh­ter Vashti and son Liam.

Ms Frylink-An­der­son said the jour­ney was a re­al­ity check, par­tic­u­larly in coun­tries where med­i­cal care was lack­ing.

“One of the more sig­nif­i­cant coun­tries was Pa­pua New Guinea. I left part of my heart there I think, years ago,” she said.

“We went to this tiny lit­tle is­land where med­i­cal care for ex­am­ple just isn’t there. They don’t have all the ser­vices and that re­ally came home to me in a lot of ways.”

Ms Frylink-An­der­son kept a travel blog that gained so many read­ers she fi­nally wrote and self-pub­lished her first book, Sail­ing In My Sarong.

Com­ing back to the Whit­sun­days to re­lease her sec­ond book, Sal­vage In My Sarong, Ms FrylinkAn­der­son de­scribed it as a “crazy story”.

“Bill called me and told me he’d bought this pa­thetic lit­tle boat on eBay,” she said. “He couldn’t un­der­stand why I was so up­set about it.”

Mr An­der­son spent three months res­ur­rect­ing the derelict boat be­fore they crossed the North At­lantic in a 25-day pas­sage, then spent the next three years sail­ing the Mediter­ranean.

“This lit­tle boat kept break­ing down – a lit­tle wooden boat painted blue who made friends ev­ery­where,” Ms FrylinkAn­der­son said.

“I was ac­tu­ally re­ally up­set and quite sad when we had to sell her. So from a boat I didn’t want, we be­came very at­tached to her.”

Ms Frylink-An­der­son will be hold­ing a book sign­ing for Sail­ing In My Sarong – Around the World, a 30-year Dream and Sal­vage in My Sarong – the Mediter­ranean Dream in a Res­cued Boat on Sun­day, June 17, at Beach Book bou­tique from 10am.

Guests are in­vited to don sarongs and tiaras to en­joy a meet and greet and share their travel ad­ven­tures with Ms Frylink-An­der­son.

PHOTO: LINDA FRYLINK-AN­DER­SON

LIT­TLE BOAT BLUE: Linda Frylink-An­der­son on res­cued boat Lati in Kyth­nos, Greece.

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