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MEET THE CREW - we are:
  • Lyndall and Peter Aston -Originally from Sydney, Australia - now in Townsville North Queensland
  • Parents to James, Cathy, David and Matthew
  • Grandparents to Nelson, Anthony,Laurence, Benedict and Timothy, Andrew and William
  • Retired artist/chef/historian and electrical engineer, respectively
  • Sailed dinghies, catamarans as a young family whilst dreaming of a yacht big enough for us all at the one time.
  • Moved our family to Papua New Guinea in 1977 as a way of broadening our horizons and improving the potential to save for a yacht - it worked!
  • Bought 1st cruising yacht from Taiwan (1977) christened her Dulcinea
  • Lived aboard and sailed around PNG and around the world for 9 years
  • Spent 8 years building illywhacker 1987 - 1995
  • Retired 1993 and committed to spend full-time aboard.
  • Moved aboard 1995, departed Sydney 14 June 1996 - destination - the world.
  • Sailed to Japan via Melanesia and Micronesia. From our home marina near Nagasaki, we sailed and lived in the country for 2 wonderful years.
  • In April 2000 set sail north along the west coast of Japan to Hokkaido then to Kamchatka in Russia and along the Aleutian Islands chain to Alaska.
  • After another 2 wonderful years in the remote fishing village of Cordova Alaska, we set sail for Sidney BC, Canada, arriving October 2002.
  • We received a disturbing diagnosis on Lyndall's health so reluctantly we left Sidney/Vancouver area in June 2003 and sailed "home" to Australia via Hawaii, Tuvalu and Vanuatu arriving at Townsville on 1 September 2003.
  • We wake each morning wondering if it can all be true. What a privileged lifestyle this is, to be living our dream. May it never end.
email: peter @illywhacker.com
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