Global Voyage

A Story About Sailing Around the World

Ray & Jenny aboard the ketch Suka

3 years, 35,000 miles, Nov 1982 - Jan 1986

Ray & Jenny Jardine

Next Time

page 109 of 109

March 2014, the date of the publication of this book on my website:

I would like to offer a few comments about the voyage from a hindsight point of view. Things I would have changed, and things I would do differently next time.


The top item that really stands out was our lack of a GPS. This system did not exist back then, and would have made a huge difference in our safety and piece of mind in those many difficult and sometimes dangerous situations.

Granted, we did buy a Sat-nav unit in Tahiti. This system was the precursor to the GPS, but our particular unit rarely worked; and when it did, it would produce the coordinates only a few times a day, if that. Eight hours between a satellite pass was not uncommon. Still, it was better than nothing. But it failed to work many times when needed the most. For example when we sailed unawares over the Breakwater Reef in Australia.

We began our trip with a sextant. And our celestial navigation skills were THE key to practically the entire voyage. Back then, if you couldn't use a sextant, you couldn't sail around the world.

Now, all that has changed with the advent of GPS. Modern mariners tend to take this marvelous technology for granted. And it could be argued that it has, indeed, diluted the voyaging experience by lessening the risk. Back then, we lived much closer to edge. But still, I would take a GPS unit on our next voyage, and in fact several backups. And one such backup I would seal in a metal box grounded to the boat, to prevent an electrostatic discharge from ruining it.

Smaller Boat

Suka was 41' on deck and was quite a hand-full for just the two of us. Her size meant more work setting sails, especially in storms, and more expense fitting out and repairing things. Next time we would go with a 34 footer or even smaller. Full keel, like last time, but with a better balanced hull.


Looking back, I regret not being more generous with the people we met, especially those who were in need. In retrospect, we didn't realize how our modern culture had de-sensitized us to needs of other less-fortunate people. And during our voyage I felt pressed for money, because I had spent most of my funds buying the boat and fitting her out. So I felt like we were sailing a large boat on a shoestring. After the trip we sent clothing to the people of Tonga, and money to Rodriguez Island. But I feel that it wasn't nearly enough.


Next time I would take more photos, and spend more time working them.


Kills a million people a year. Contracted at the Panamanian island of Medidor, this disease refused to leave my body, as I experienced the recurrent attacks of high fever, chills, muscle pain, and short periods of uncontrollable body shakes. I believe it was malaria but it might have been something else. Nevertheless, the relapses occurred about one year apart, and the bad news was that each one was more severe and possibly more life-threatening. And each time, they happened at the worst possible times, when I was exhausted already by some long and trying day during our yearly expeditions. The relapses lasted typically 12 hours, then a year later they would strike again. The doctors could do nothing, and their medicine proved ineffectual.

I tried everything, and finally discovered the Beck Protocol and this cured it. The man passed away, and his protocol was largely forgotten. but I pick up the ball and worked for two years developing a much improved unit: "The Ray-Way Blood Cleaner."

In closing

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has read this book. And we would enjoy hearing your comments. Please use our Contact Form.

Thank you once again,

Ray and Jenny Jardine

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GV 001: Title Page
GV 002: TOC
GV 003: Dedication
GV 004: Preface
GV 005: Prologue
GV 006: Beginnings
GV 007: Work Done
GV 008: Making Ready
GV 009: Departure
GV 010: Sailing Credentials
GV 011: First Lesson
GV 012: Sextant Navigation
GV 013: Safety Harness
GV 014: Murphy's law
GV 015: Spirit of Adventure
GV 016: Holding On
GV 017: First Big Storm
GV 018: Storm Intensified
GV 019: Rolling Violently
GV 020: Mizzen Sleeping Bag'sl
GV 021: Freeing the Propeller
GV 022: Visits by Birds
GV 023: Crossing the Doldrums
GV 024: Nearing First Landfall
GV 025: Land Ho
GV 026: Fatu Hiva
GV 027: Trek Inland
GV 028: Anchor Watch
GV 029: Passage
GV 030: Hiva Oa
GV 031: Skin Diving Circus
GV 032: Almost Like a Jungle
GV 033: Polaris Missile
GV 034: Taiohaie Bay
GV 035: Cascade Hakaui
GV 036: Taipi Bay
GV 037: Cyclone Lisa
GV 038: Cyclone Nano
GV 039: Passage of Patience
GV 040: Tuamotu Archipelago
GV 041: Tahiti
GV 042: Cyclone Reva
GV 043: Secret Sharer
GV 044: Moorea
GV 045: Cyclone Veena
GV 046: Aftermath
GV 047: Good Weather in Papeete
GV 048: Huahine
GV 049: Raiatea
GV 050: BoraBora
GV 051: Rarotonga
GV 052: Tonga
GV 053: Fresh Air
GV 054: Tongan Feast
GV 055: Excursion to Maninita
GV 056: Mariner's Cave
GV 057: Fiji
GV 058: Ndravuni Island
GV 059: Mara Island
GV 060: Aneityum
GV 061: Noumea
GV 062: St Elmo's fire
GV 063: Breakwater Reef
GV 064: Bundaberg
GV 065: Life on the Burnett River
GV 066: Engine Sabotage
GV 067: Flying
GV 068: Aground in Round Hill Creek
GV 069: Gladstone Confinement
GV 070: Tropical Queensland
GV 071: Trip into Townsville
GV 072: Cairns Sojourn
GV 073: Cramped Cooktown
GV 074: Lizard Island
GV 075: The San Michelle
GV 076: Lost Mummy Cave
GV 077: Land's End
GV 078: Darwin
GV 079: Christmas Is
GV 080: Passage
GV 081: Cocos Keeling
GV 082: Crossing the Indian Ocean
GV 083: Rodriguez
GV 084: Mauritius
GV 085: Reunion Cirque de Mafate
GV 086: Reunion Cirque de Salazie
GV 087: Passage to Africa
GV 088: Kruger National Park
GV 089: Richards Bay
GV 090: Durban
GV 091: Port Elizabeth
GV 092: Cape Town
GV 093: Storm Passage
GV 094: St Helena
GV 095: Passage to Brazil
GV 096: Fortaleza
GV 097: Passage to Caribbean
GV 098: Bonaire
GV 099: Passage to Panama
GV 100: Panama
GV 101: Panama Canal
GV 102: Medidor
GV 103: Costa Rica
GV 104: Passage to Acapulco
GV 105: Acapulco to Cabo
GV 106: Baja
GV 107: Home Port
GV 108: In Retrospect
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