The Chronicles of the Schooner Lusty I - Williams Mike
- A Sail Around the World in Search of Tropical Isles and the Green Flash
This true adventure started in 1969, with a casual remark between two friends having coffee. It was a dreary April afternoon at the University of Washington cafeteria in Seattle. 'Let's buy a boat and sail to the South Pacific.' Well, with almost insurmountable difficulties, that's exactly what happened.
The voyage lasted almost ten years and covered more than 30,000 nautical miles. The boat was the Lusty I, a classic two-masted wooden sailing schooner. The name was prophetic and appropriate for the dozens of men and women who helped make the journey.
The resulting tale is a sort of postmodern version of Homer's Odyssey in reverse. The crew of the Lusty I chose to flee the safety of home with the hopes of finding seduction and adventure abroad... and they found it.
They weathered dangerous storms in a leaking boat, fell in love, and got shot at. Mafia bodyguards scared them away from an island resort. The British Navy quarantined them on a deserted island. Buried treasure, exotic meals, volcanoes, and the mysterious 'green flash.' A multitude of fascinating cultures and tropical Islands of unsurpassed beauty. Everything is documented in writing and in over 70 full-color photographs.
Ports of call included: the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, the New Hebrides, the Solomons, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Ceylon, Seychelles, Mombasa, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil, Trinidad, and dozens of islands in the Caribbean.
By revisiting this journey, one might be better able to understand the world we live in now... but whether for edification or sheer fun, come along and enjoy the Chronicles of the schooner Lusty I.