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Clipper Race Leg 8: A Legend-Derry Stopover thumbnail

Clipper Race Leg 8: A Legend-Derry Stopover

Kevin, my Henri Lloyd teammate passes me the rugby ball and I take off running. Running is generally where I do well, whereas catching…well, let’s just say I’m better with my legs than I am with my hands. So when the ball lands in my palms without bouncing into the arms of an opponent, I do what any self-respecting player…

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Inspirational Nomads: Andrew Solod, Geologist

Welcome to Inspirational Nomads, a Turf to Surf series where I interview travelers around the world about working abroad and living their dreams. I’ve met dynamic characters all over the world doing every kind of job imaginable and I’ve been inspired by their stories about where they've traveled, what they've done for work and the amazing adventures they've had. Read…

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Bit by the bug: Sydney to Hobart Race 2013

A few days before we get to Sydney to meet up with the Clipper Race arriving from Albany, Australia, I get an email from the CYCA (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia), saying there is a boat looking for last-minute crew in the Sydney to Hobart Race, and would Ryan and I be interested? Would I?! Hell, yeah! The boat is…

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What the…?! (Interrupting our regularly scheduled programming)

Hey everyone! Ooh, sorry! Didn’t mean to scare you! You probably weren’t expecting to find anyone in here since I disappeared a few weeks ago. Really sorry about that. I even got a few messages from people asking if I would please respond to their emails so they could stop worrying that I might have boarded Malaysia Airlines flight MH370…

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The dog on the tuckerbox

“We’re seriously low on petrol. Do you see any service stations on the map?” Ryan asks. “Oh, that’s what you call them!” I say. “I’ve been searching ‘gas stations’ all this time and nothing came up.” Ryan lets out a groan of exhaustion. We’ve been driving for a good five hours through the nothingness that lies along the Hume Highway…

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An Australian friendship tour

I’m squinting from a hangover and the overly persistent Australian sunlight as I try to hold a coherent conversation with our new friend Andrew, who graciously let Ryan and I roll out our sleeping bags and sleep on his living room floor the night before. As I stroll slowly along a quiet street in the seaside town of Fremantle, which…