The Dispatches

Here is a small selection of Ottawa Citizen dispatches, covering a span of several years. We wish we could provide you the whole selection, 218 dispatches in all, but our contractual agreement with our publisher prohibits us from reproducing material that will be part of the book (something that is standard for all writers). Obviously, four years of writing lengthy weekly dispatches resulted in a much larger volume of writing than could be covered in a single volume, so not all of our favourite stories ended up fitting into the book. Here are a few of the original dispatches about events that didn’t make it into the book, for your enjoyment.

Of course, if you want to read more, we’d encourage you to buy the book! And if you’re really keen to get the full story, the CD-Rom we are now producing will include all the stories covered in the dispatches, plus some material not covered in the dispatches, plus excerpts from the kids’ journals, many maps, 1500 full-colour photos, and 90 minutes of video clips from the voyage.

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Dispatch # 3 - September 28, 1997 St. Denis, Quebec  Sailing family grieves loss of pet

Dispatch #11 - November 21, 1997 Beaufort, North Carolina  Problems Threaten Mother’s Surprise Party

Dispatch #12 - November 30, 1997 Hilton Head, South Carolina  Radio offers real-life radio drama

Dispatch #13 - December 7, 1997 Hilton Head  The Day My Dad Told 251 Lies 

Special Christmas Update December 25, 1997 Palm Beach, Florida

Dispatch #33 - April 26, 1998 Panama  A hectic Easter on the Panama Canal

Dispatch #41 - June 20, 1998 In the Pacific Ocean  Now I can see why sailors are superstitious

Dispatch #60 - October 17, 1998 Pangaimotu Island, Tonga  Not Everyone has an Oven

Dispatch #70 - December 26, 1998 Scarborough, Australia  A Voyage Full of Miracles 

Special Christmas Update Update December 25, 1998 Scarborough, Australia  Christmas Cards from Canada 

Dispatch #76 - February 6, 1999 Scarborough, Australia  Old Friends and a Harrowing Adventure

Dispatch #87 - April 24, 1999 Burnett Heads, Australia Gods of the Sea Must be Angry

Dispatch #91 - May 22, 1999 Bowen, Australia  A Close Brush with Fire

Dispatch #116 - November 13, 1999 Kalimantan, Indonesia  First-hand look at Illegal Logging 

Dispatch  #117 - November 20, 1999 Serutu Island, Indonesia  Stowaways get the 'joint' jumping

Dispatch #124 - January 8, 2000 Mae Sot, Thailand  A smelly little monkey called Spazz

Dispatch #126 - January 22, 2000  Lumut, Malaysia Steamed and swindled in Sitiawan

Dispatch #127 -  January 29, 2000 Langkawi, Malaysia The inspiring Harry

Dispatch #128 - February 5, 2000 Ko Hong, Thailand  Thunderbear Made Us Do It

Special Christmas Update December 25, 1999 Lumut, Malaysia

Dispatch  #139 - April 22, 2000 Mulaku Atoll, Maldives The giggles of Mulaku Atoll

Dispatch #151 - July 15, 2000 Zanzibar, Tanzania  The Magical Mystical Tour

Dispatch #152 - July 22, 2000 Tanga, Tanzania  A Grim History Lesson

Dispatch  #159 - Sept. 9, 2000 Maasai Mara, Kenya   Meeting the Maasai

Dispatch  #160 - Sept. 16, 2000 Maasai Mara, Kenya  The trouble with Maasai girls

Dispatch  #164 - Oct. 14, 2000 Kilifi, Kenya  Getting with the plan

Dispatch #166 - October 28, 2000 Lamu, Kenya  Dreading pirates and the sea

Ottawa Citizen - October 14, 2001 Aden, Yemen Attack on ship shatters Yemen’s holy calm 

Dispatch #172 - December 9, 2000 Suakin, Sudan  Surviving the sands of the Sudan

Special Christmas Update December 25, 2000 El Gouna, Egypt

Dispatch #185 - March 10, 2001 Orhaniye, Turkey  Guardian angel was on alert

Dispatch #187 - March 24, 2001 Pammukale, Turkey  Turkey's other world

Dispatch #193 - May 5, 2001 Siracusa, Sicily  Rich with Sicilian treats

Dispatch #194a - May 19, 2001  Michael's journey to freedom by Michael Stuemer

Dispatch #197 - June 9, 2001 Gilbraltar  From rags to the Rock

Dispatch #198 - June 16, 2001 Gibraltar  Reaping the rewards of Gibraltar

Dispatch #205 - August 4, 2001 Gaspe, Quebec  Leave the calm behind

Dispatch #208 - August 22, 2001 Trois Rivieres,Quebec  Near disaster strikes close to home

Dispatch #209 - August 25, 2001 Montreal, Quebec  A voyage complete its beginning

Dispatch #211 - Sept. 1, 2001 Ottawa  Thank you

Special Christmas Update December 25, 2001 Ottawa, Canada