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"The Travels and Adventures of Our Pleasure" - Sailing Memoir: Around the World on a Sailboat
On Sept. 3, 1997, the Bennett family set out to sail around the world. Their nine-year adventure took them to ports covering about 95 percent of it!
This true story begins in Seattle shortly after the marriage of author Richard L. Bennett’s youngest daughter, Leslie. The honeymooners stayed on the voyage with Dick and Pat Bennett for 18 months. Dick and Pat’s complete voyage finally ended on June 4, 2006.
Here is their itinerary. “Our sailing took us down the U.S. coast into Mexico, through the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, around Africa and across the Atlantic into Florida. We explored islands in Polynesia like the Marquesas, the Societies, the Cooks, Niue, and Tonga. In Melanesia, we stopped at Fiji, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. We crossed the Coral Sea and spent several months in New Zealand and Australia, where we explored the Great Barrier Reef and the Australian Outback before heading to Papua New Guinea.
“We traveled the Timor Sea past Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean to the Cocos Keeling Islands, and on to the Comoros Islands. We sailed down the dangerous Mozambique Channel to the east coast of Africa and Cape Town. We sailed the Atlantic to Saint Helena Island, Ilha de Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil, and into Trinidad. Stopping at many Caribbean ports, we made our way to Florida.” You might say their ship has sailed.
THE TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES OF OUR PLEASURE: A FAMILY’S NINE-YEAR SAILING ADVENTURE AROUND 95 PERCENT OF THE WORLD SEPT. 3, 1997 TO JUNE 4, 2006 (ISBN: 978-1-60693-
sbpra.com/RichardLBennett or at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.
About the Author: Richard L. Bennett grew up in Kenmore, New York, and spent his working life in Seattle, a sailor’s paradise. He retired as senior project design engineer for the Minuteman ICBM instrumentation system and now lives in Cortez, Florida, an old-time fishing community just north of Sarasota.
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