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2 Years On From Our World Odyssey

(Audrey Adamson)

Gosh, I just can’t believe two full years have gone by since we stepped of LUSH, brining an end to our epic 22month circumnavigation!! Firstly, big apologies for not blogging in ages, we’ve had a busy couple of years to say the least. Yes, we wrote the book. In fact, we completed our first draft over a year and half ago but sadly we’ve fallen foul of first draft syndrome and it’s been sitting on the shelf gathering dust ever since. The good news is we’re not going to leave it there forever, especially as so many of you have been in touch asking for copies. And that’s also why I’m blogging again today. There’s been such a massive amount of genuine interest in our voyage that we simply can’t ignore it! So we thank you, our faithful readers, for your enthusiasm and encouragement. We have enjoyed hearing how our mantra of ‘One Life… Live it’ has impacted on your lives and is a belief you too live by and inspire others to do the same! It’s the ripple effect and we just love it!!! Keep it up!

Sailing The OceanOne thing a lot of our friends and family feared for us when taking on the awesome adventure like we did is that we’d never ‘settle’ once we got back on terra firma. Well, the truth is when you’ve spent the guts of two years on a superyacht sailing through the tropics from one stunning island archipelago to the next, life on land and in a temperate climate takes a bit of getting used to, for sure! Yes, there is a lull in time before you get back into your rhythm again. What I found most difficult settling into ‘normality’ was being indoors so much, everything seamed to have four walls and a roof… you live inside a box, you travel to work in a box (I do try to walk as much as possible!), you work in a box, you socalise a lot indoors etc.. While I paid some attention to the sky, clouds and sun during the day and the moon and stars at night, honestly it just paled into the background of my life in comparison to the foreground it had taken the previous two years.

Life on a yacht is really life Al fresco, albeit I did spend a fair bit of time in the galley, it’s just wholly different. When you live on the sea you are connected to the rhythm of the planet more so than anywhere else on earth. Your ‘ground’ is constantly moving, you can feel it through the motion of your yacht, you can smell it, taste it, see it, hear it and touch it. I’ll not pretend to consistently love the motion of the ocean, as you’ll know from reading previous blogs I have suffered from the odd bout of seasickness betimes. But, on land I miss that motion, I miss that energy, I miss Neptune’s world. On a yacht the horizon stretches out every side of you, the deep blue sea encapsulates you and then there is the sky and it’s ever changing visage, even in the tropics there’s plenty to see aloft. You watch the sun rise and set in awe and appreciation, and every time a different view. You watch the towering tropical cumulus clouds dance about in the trade winds. And when the night falls you wait to see what show the universe will put on for you, just you alone in the cockpit with the Heavens, while adjusting your sails and holding course for our next destination. It wasn’t just the universe that put on a display at night, the ocean would often light up from phosphoresence as LUSH cut through the water. What a spectacle! Such magic moments, and now such magic memories…

hughes-family-co-mayo-irelandAnd so we stepped off LUSH mid Sept 2014 and I guess the question is what do you do once you’ve achieved your ultimate dream, what next? Well, luckily for me I had a couple of distractions thrown my way. The first of these was that my three sisters along with 24 first cousins and three uncles had decided that they were going to all run the Dublin Marathon at the end of October and break the World Record for the most family members to run a marathon. It was only 6 weeks away and I had absolutely no intention or ambition to run a marathon (I did one years earlier and had said “Never Again!”). However, with so many of my family doing it and raising money for a Charity in memory of my lovely cousin, Maire, who sadly passed away a year earlier, I couldn’t say no. Thankfully I did those daily ‘dance-offs’ on LUSH so at least I started with some level of fitness but I hadn’t run a mile in years! And so for the record (as I couldn’t find this anywhere on the web, when googling it, at the time) it is possible to train-for and run a marathon within 6 weeks!! If you have your whole family and extended family doing it too and you raise €50K for Charity anything is possible. I did spend days in an ice bath after it and could hardly walk for weeks!

And by the time November came and I could walk again I was pregnant!!!!!

Yes folks ye heard it right!

Stay tuned here for a follow-up blog in the coming weeks but to give you a little taster of how absolutely amazing life is I’ve got four words….

New Life… Love it!!!!!

Audrey xxx

PS We made it into the Guinness Book of Records Annual for 2017, two years after breaking the record! Whoop whoop!

“Wings for Life”… the story behind our Red Bull logo

So, what’s the Red Bull logo on the bow of LUSH all about?

It is highly unusual to have a big logo on a luxury yacht, that type of thing is reserved for the yacht racing gang.  But, if you know Eddie Jordan you’ll understand he’s not the type of guy to conform to the norm and blend in with the crowd, even in the superyacht world!

When the opportunity presented itself for him to have a Red Bull logo on the bow and in doing so support a super groundbreaking charity, Eddie jumped at the chance. In short, Red Bull sponsored LUSH and all the proceeds of the sponsorship were forwarded, in their entirety, to the not-for profit international research foundation Wings for Life.

Wings for Life is a Spinal Cord Research Foundation dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury.  Founded in 2004 by Red Bull CEO Dietrich Mateschitz and the two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner, Wings for Life funds world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.

Red Bull Lush

Red Bull Lush On Her World Trip

Advancement in spinal cord research is mainly based on private initiatives and public donations.  It doesn’t get governmental support or funding from pharmaceutical companies, as the injury is not considered a widespread enough condition.  100% of all donations to Wings for Life are used for research purposes with all administrative costs kindly covered by the Red Bull Company.  Contrary to common opinion there is legitimate reason to hope that spinal cord injury can be cured and it has been proven that nerve cells in the spinal cord are capable of regeneration after certain types of treatment.


It was an absolute honour to have Anita Gerhardter, the CEO of this fantastic foundation, onboard LUSH at the start of the World Rally and again recently when Paul & I rejoined the boat for the St Barths Bucket.

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Wings for Life CEO, Anita Gerhardter

Anita is unbelievably passionate about Wings for Life and its vision for curing spinal cord injury. Every year, at least 250,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury, followed by paralysis. Millions of people are currently dependant on a wheelchair after injury.  Anita and her team envision different future for these people, they believe that spinal cord injury will be curable one day!  Wow!  What a statement and what a mission!  So far Wings for Life has funded 110 spinal cord research projects worldwide at renowned universities and institutes. Tomorrow, on May 3rd, they are holding a massive fundraising event with 35 countries hosting the Wings for Life World Run. 100% of the funds raised will go to life changing research projects aimed at healing the injured spinal cord and Red Bull will be covering all the administrative costs.

If you’re interested to learn more about this event and Wings for Life please click here and help make the diagnosis of paraplegia a thing of the past.

One Live… Live it!

Audrey xxx

A Whale of a time at the St Barth’s Bucket!

(Audrey Adamson)

Well, you knew we were hardly going to stay off the water forever! It should come as no surprise to hear that we returned to our beloved LUSH for a spot of racing in the Caribbean last week, massive thanks to Eddie & Marie Jordan. After a super time last year at the St Barth’s Bucket, superyacht regatta, we re-entered the event this year. Every spring the worlds most magnificent and exquisite super-yachts congregate in this stunning French Island for their annual Caribbean showdown. Arriving onto LUSH felt as though we had never left. The four new crew members are doing a super-duper job and have had a busy charter season in the Caribbean. It was such a treat to be onboard as Eddie & Marie’s guests even if it did feel a bit odd sleeping in one of the beautiful guest cabins while the crew were up forward in the more compact crew quarters! Mind ya, we didn’t have much of a chance to swan about as “guests”, we were actually onboard as race-crew and so got straight into race mode on arrival.

Humpback Whale breeching right next to LUSH! Michael H. Donnelly

Humpback Whale breeching right next to LUSH! Pic: Stephane Scotto –

You’ll see from these photos that it was the wildlife and not the racing or the magnificent Superyachts that stole the show for us this week. We thought we had seen it all on our circumnavigation and then low and behold, right in front of LUSH, out of nowhere, a massive Humpback whale breached within a boat-length of us on the final race of the event. And it breached again on our beam as we sailed past and by our stern and a few more times after that. Wow, wow, wow!!!! Just imagine this mammal, weighing in around 40 tones with a length of 15 meters, launching itself out of the water with unbelievable power and verocity and then landing with an enormous splash. Eddie, Marie and the whole crew were left speechless (which is unusual for EJ), we were in total awe, and needless to say we lost a bit of focus on the racing!

Humpback Whales breach for a variety of reasons but in this case we’re pretty sure it wanted to check out the beautiful pink whale printed on our spinnaker, I guess it’s been the talk of the ocean since we set sail over two years ago! Plenty of other yachts in the vicinity witnessed these awesome breaches too and managed to snap these photos and send them onto us. It’s so rare to get these breaches this close to a yacht let alone on camera and massive thanks goes to the photographers. I do hope they get plenty of recognition for such wonderful pics.

Now back to the racing…. Racing against superyachts is very different from your regular yacht racing. For starters there’s millions upon millions upon millions of pounds worth of yachts sailing against each other and LUSH was actually one of the smallest yachts in it, if not the smallest! Yachts should actually be 31 meters and above to enter the Bucket and at 26 meters an exception was made for us under the ‘Grandfather Clause’ which basically leaves it up to the discretion of the Bucket organizers to invite us to race. The biggest yacht entered was 56 meters, which is 183 foot!!! And remember every foot gives you so much more in volume so these yachts were just massive!!

Mother Humpback Whale Breeching Pic: Marie Jordan

Mother Humpback Whale Breeching Pic: Marie Jordan

It’s supposed to be a fun gentlemen’s type regatta set in the Corinthian spirit, which it is to a certain extend but racing is racing at the end of the day and when Eddie Jordan is your boss he wants to see us up there in the mix with the big boys. We managed to “mix it up” more successfully than last year and finished 5th overall in our class beating yachts with some serious pro racers including Olympic gold medalists and Americas cup sailors! Whoop whoop! The handicap system is a bit funky to say the least but that’s just the way it is at this regatta. So it’s a case of like it or lump it, I’m afraid. We feel we should certainly have been in the top three, maybe next year

There were 21 of us onboard for the racing with at least 10-12 of those helping with the launching and dousing of our massive 5,500 sq foot yellow spinnaker. Full on!!! Paul was on the helm and I had the “safety officer” role again. Every yacht completing must have a safety officer and there are various qualifications and credentials one must have to carry out this role. I actually had to give my racing CV to the race office as part of the “requirements to race”. The safety officer must be a member of the afterguard whose sole responsibility is in communicating with the other yachts on the VHF while racing and communicate the racing rules, collision avoidance and safe maneuvering of the yacht. When racing against yachts of this size you can’t just throw in a quick tack and expect the other yacht to respond immediately. Our Oyster 885’ was one of the more maneuverable yachts there but on a 55 meter Perini Navi it’s a whole other ballgame when it comes to tacking and gybing. These giants of the yachting industry made LUSH look like a topper dingy when beside us and we would be cast into darkness as they blocked the sun sailing next to us and as for the wind…. well you just don’t want to be the leeward boat!

Our Final Gybe To Finish!It was great catching up with oul pals from the yachting industry and it was particularly lovely to meet my cousin Caragh, who raced on a gigantic Wally yacht for the week. Caragh is a true inspiration to any of you out there who dare to give up a life in the office for the ocean waves. She took up sailing a few years ago when the Volvo Ocean Race came to her home-town in Galway and last year she packed in her day-job after racing Round Ireland on a chartered Volvo 70’. Man has she got the bug! She was then offered a job onboard the 70’ sailing the Med and then onto the Caribbean for race charters where she has spent the last few months sailing and racing the warm crystal clear waters there. And then she lands herself on one of the biggest yachts racing in the Bucket for the week! One Life… she’s living it, that’s for sure! So if this is the kind of life you want, then stop kidding yourself by doing something else! The only thing in your way is you yourself!!! Go for it and who knows where you might be this time next year!

Back in the UK now and Paul is all go with his online skippers leadership programme, which he recently launched after months of work and research. This is a programme that Paul personally developed called the 7 Master Skills of Highly Successful Skippers and is an industry first in skipper leadership training. If you’re keen to get your hands on these awesome free training videos click here  to see what Paul has to say about them and sign up today!

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One Life… Live it and just go for it!!!

Lots of love,

Audrey xxx

Speaking Engagements & Paul’s Exciting New Project!

Well, we’ve had a heap of fun speaking at various engagements since we finished up on LUSH.  It’s been just super to relive our circumnavigation and share some of our stories along with the challenges and learning that comes with such an awesome undertaking.  I’m honoured to have been asked to return to my old secondary school on Achievements Day this May and speak to all the students there about the path I have taken since my schooling days and how I fulfilled my lifetime dream!

Paul & Audrey Speaking At An International Leadership Conference

Paul & Audrey Speaking At An International Leadership Conference

Paul is now returning to his business motivational coaching and keynote speaking.  If you’re interested to find out more check Paul out on: or you can drop him a line on  He will of course keep a hand in on the yachting side.  He currently looks after a few private clients for bespoke sailing projects and will be back in the Caribbean on LUSH next week for a week racing in the St Barths Bucket with Eddie Jordan & Co.

If you are part of our mailing list you will already know that Paul has developed some awesome online training to help skippers who want to be at the top of their game and become true leaders on the water, a subject which has rarely, if ever, been taught in this industry and one that makes the biggest difference on a boat once mastered.  I have sailed on numerous yachts over the years in all different types of projects, as skipper and as crew, and Paul’s help and training has made the biggest difference in my sailing, without doubt!  I’m thrilled he has finally put his leadership skills into a system that everyone can use.  Paul’s skills, tips and methods will dramatically change the way you approach skippering.

Eddie Jordan along with previous clients and trainees of Paul’s have been onto Paul for ages about this as they understand that these skills don’t come naturally to the majority of skippers.  Fine, if you can sail a boat, park a boat and navigate your boat but to actually run a yacht smoothly and efficiently along with happy & helpful crew is a whole other ballgame.

Paul Adamson Online Skipper Training

Paul Adamson Online Skipper Training

If you are an eager yachter and strive to be at the top of your game then this is for you.  If you’re fed up of all the stress that you’ve had onboard over the years, trying to deal with problems afloat and making difficult decisions than this is for you!  If you want to stay where you are in the sport and just continue to ‘get by’ or continue to read the same oul articles that really don’t change you as a skipper or a leader then this is not for you.  If you don’t want to learn from the best with the experience to back that up then just keep doing as you have for years and don’t change anything and certainly don’t click here.  If you think that all the problems you’ve had on your boat over the years are due to outside influences (ie poor crew, bad weather, poor quality boat, pure workmanship, poor services, lack of finances) and not due to you and your ability to lead and run your yacht than this is not for you!

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A Chef’s Journey: From Dentist to Superyacht Chef!

It’s October 2012 and we’ve only a couple weeks to go till we set off on our circumnavigation: I’m hunched over my shopping trolley in Waitrose supermarket, Southampton, in floods of tears. Paul is beside me looking awkward and trying to get me to snap out of this supermarket breakdown! I had never felt so overwhelmed in all my life. We had two weeks left to go and I just crumbled at the thought of how I could pull this whole cooking thing off! I broke down on three different occasions while loading the trolleys with food. Paul was mortified as people gave him dirty looks assuming he must have upset his poor wife! In fact, I did it all on my own. And as I looked down aisle upon aisle of food I just couldn’t see how I would ever be prepared enough for this role I had undertaken. This was the role of super-yacht chef. I was also the medic and first mate on board however those jobs came easily to me but this cooking malarkey was a whole other ballgame.

Chef Audrey Adamson

Chef Audrey Adamson

A year earlier Eddie had contacted Paul offering us this once in a lifetime opportunity to sail around the world on his Oyster 885’ LUSH. And Paul did say to Eddie at the time that I was “quite a capable cook”, which Paul genuinely believed. He clearly never noticed all the Marks & Sparks packaging in the bin over the years! Yes, I would have thrown the odd dinner party for friends but this would have taken me a good few days to prepare for and I would have followed the recipe word for word with all the exact ingredients. I didn’t have time for ‘slaving about in a kitchen,’ I was a career girl with a massive hobby outside of my dental job and that of course was sailing. Sailing was (and still is) my passion. If I wasn’t studying for exams as a student or working in a dental practice after qualifying I was on the water, my second home.



Audrey taking on a reef shark that randomly ended up on the rod when we left it in overnight!! SO we thought we better eat him!!

Audrey taking on a reef shark that randomly ended up on the rod when we left it in overnight!! SO we thought we better eat him!!

I would watch other cooks in awe as they threw a bit of this and a bit of that into a pot with great ease managing to produce a fine meal. The TV show Ready Steady Cook with chef Ainsley Harriott really bugged me, I just couldn’t get my head around how someone could think up a meal on the spot with just a couple of ingredients??!!!! My mum is a passionate cook, she would have as many culinary books as I had sailing ones and she tried tirelessly over the years to persuade me to don an apron and learn this great skill, “it’ll stand to you some day!” she’d say and as Paul & I considered Eddies proposition I hate to say it but I just wished I’d listened to mum over the years! Still though at least I had a year to get myself organized.

Mini Fruit Skewers

Mini Fruit Skewers

It was hard to know where to start. Gastronomy has to be the biggest subject in the world, there’s a phenomenal amount of information available online, in bookshops, magazines, everyone has something to say on the subject and this overload of information certainly did not help in my initial path to competency! Two months went by and I still hadn’t sorted out a plan for my cooking and after making a few calls I managed to find a brilliant chef and instructor Hazel Mc Fadden who would teach me one-on-one everything I needed to know once weekly. I had considered doing a month or three-month long cookery course in the likes of Ballymaloe Cookery School but that would have meant giving up dental job a lot earlier than planned and also I would have been learning about various dishes and types of cooking that with my particular brief would have been irrelevant to me. Eddie and Marie wanted healthy wholesome cooking with very little bread, deserts etc… no sugar, no gluten and no dairy was the request!


Spicy Prawn & Chrizo salad (Eddie's fav)

Spicy Prawn & Chrizo salad (Eddie’s fav)

I would need to get a massive handle on seafood dishes and fancy salads galore along with gluten free, dairy free cooking. The sugar-free bit came easy enough to me as a dentist! Hazel was terrific, we met up once a week, and while the learning curve was steep I felt I had a good handle on it all, by the time I moved to Southampton, in September 2012. I then did a week-course in Rick Stein’s famous cookery school, Padstow, courtesy of Eddie. Various superyacht chefs in Southampton guided me through all the galley preparation, equipment, utensils and food provisioning. The tips they gave me were absolutely life saving and I’ll be here all day if I start to go into them now (you’ll have to wait for the book!). My mum was a super source of recipes and encouragement as always and Paul’s stepdad Bob suggested some clever bits of equipment to bring with me in particular a vacuum-pack machine which is essential for those of you planning some long offshore trips!

A shortbread strawberry and rasberry coulis treat! Yum!

A shortbread strawberry and rasberry coulis treat! Yum!

However, even after all that prep I was extremely stressed in the weeks leading up to our departure. Our first offshore leg we had 8 people onboard including the four crew, our second offshore leg was to follow in quick succession of the first with only a couple of days lay-over, and on that leg I would be catering for 10 people while we crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Then after two weeks at sea we would have a few days in Antigua to prepare before Eddie and Marie would join LUSH for the first time and spend the following 6 weeks (the first of many 6wk stints) onboard! I would then be catering for up on 12 people between crew and guests. Oh and I suffer from seasickness, did I mention that? Over my years sailing I have always had the upmost of respect for chefs working on yachts and I NEVER once wished to have such a job. Fine, if you’re on a racing yacht and everyone is eating freeze-dried food that you just add water to or army ration packs but on a superyacht with a galley you have to cook, it’s as simply as that!


Audrey bartering at a market with packets of herbal seeds that the locals had never seen before!  Brilliant!

Audrey bartering at a market with packets of herbal seeds that the locals had never seen before! Brilliant!

Standing in Waitrose that afternoon, all that kept going through my mind was if I was having ten people round for dinner in my house my fridge and cupboards would be full with all the food I’d need for just one meal!!! “How the hell am I going to do this and have all the food I need for the guts of a month at sea with the same size fridge onboard as I have at home?” Luckily, I came up with a plan! I cooked all the meals in advance, vac packed them into A4 size flat packs and froze them. Thankfully we had a freezer! Slowly and surely I started to get on top of my brief! 100s of supermarket shopping expeditions later I managed to stuff the bilge, cupboards, freezer & fridge on LUSH full with food. I had a plan in place for every eventually….

If the fridge broke or the freezer or even the oven at sea one must have a plan B because there is nowhere to go in the middle of the ocean! Paul and Alan were always at hand to fix any technical faults in my galley, the only thing that outdid them was when the microchip on the motherboard of the oven burnt out. But that’s another story (again, it’s in the book)! Sailing to far-flung islands I had no idea what I could get food-wise ashore making it imperative to be absolutely fully prepared. At no other point (thankfully) was I anywhere near as stressed on our two-year circumnavigation as I was in those months back in Southampton. There is just a colossal amount of work involved in preparing a yacht to go to sea let alone to embark on a circumnavigation and on a yacht of this caliber and working for a celebrity like Eddie Jordan the pressure on me was immense. Nothing I had ever done up to this point came anywhere close to it!

Seared Indian Ocean Tuna on a bed of Roasted Vegetables (Paul's Fav!)

Seared Indian Ocean Tuna on a bed of Roasted Vegetables (Paul’s Fav!)

Was it worth it? Absol-bloody-utely!! And did I enjoy cooking onboard LUSH and have the most fun-job you could ever have on a yacht? Absol-bloody-utely! It was tremendously fulfilling, I cooked with ingredients from all over the world, some of the time I didn’t even know what I was actually cooking but I’d try everything. At markets I met the most wonderful people and had such a laugh figuring out the local language and the food. I truly got to know countries and islands even if we were there for a short time! I appreciated where food comes from, the hard work & love that goes into growing it, the art and time involved in fishing, which as you know we did plenty of! This job didn’t just involve cooking food, it involved a connection with produce and people. And yes it was a whole different experience than just going to the supermarket and I’m so fortunate to have experienced it. And as for the seasickness? Yes, I still did get that from time to time depending on the conditions. At least sailing west through the tropics is pretty much all downwind so that made life in the galley a lot more bearable! And it’s so small in my whole circumnavigation story that I’m glad I didn’t let it beat me!

Duck, Watercrest & Almond salad

Duck, Watercrest & Almond salad

The job of a superyacht chef on a circumnavigation project is a tough demanding one and sometimes there would be absolutely NOTHING to buy ashore other than coconuts and bananas! Honestly! I was continually challenged to think on my feet and come up with a fancy dinner of sorts for Eddie, Marie and their guests. After I had succeeded in my first month of offshore cuisine from Southampton to the Caribbean, I was pretty nervous cooking up my first proper plate for Eddie and Marie in Antigua. Thankfully they were both an absolute joy to cook and work for. Eddie’s first comment on sampling my cuisine was “wow, that’s sensational”!! Honestly, I couldn’t believe it! “Sensational”, what a word!!! And that was just my first meal for them, I cooked hundreds and hundreds of dishes over the two-year period and yes kept learning along the way. There were times when we were supposed to eat ashore and the plan might get changed last minute and I’d have to cook up something quickly or I’d be about to serve dinner and the lads would have to move the boat for some reason. Things changed constantly, no two days or two meals were ever the same. I even cooked for Royalty and a smattering of celebs along the way. Hard to imagine that I was unable to scramble eggs a year earlier! Undoubtedly the biggest journey of the last few years for me wasn’t the 38,000 nautical miles but rather the journey of self-development I’ve been on as a person and a chef (and need I say it but there’s just too much of it to go into here…. wait for the book!)

Chef dishes up some 'Singapore Chilli Crab'

Chef dishes up some ‘Singapore Chilli Crab’

To circumnavigate the world was my dream! For as far as I can remember I wanted to sail around the world! Okay, in my early years I fancied the idea of racing around a la Volvo Ocean Race style and then when Paul and I met we talked of building our own yacht some day and doing it. I never planned to do it in a professional capacity for a couple of reasons. The first being my previous culinary inadequacy and the second was because I had this notion I wanted to do it on our terms in our time (crazy!). I’m not sure we’ve told you this but Paul and I nearly turned down Eddies job offer!!! We nearly turned down this enormous dream opportunity because we had notions about how we wanted our dream to fair out! I wonder are any of you readers missing opportunities because it’s not packaged exactly as you imagine? I’m delighted that I had to learn such a massive skill to fulfill my dream and one that will stand to me forever more. And yes, Paul too was challenged and he learnt a whole heap along the way, which he’ll be revealing very shortly through our mailing list.


BBQ time!!  We had millions of BBQs onboard and at the beach!  Eddie just loved it!

BBQ time!! We had millions of BBQs onboard and at the beach! Eddie just loved it!

And now, what next for me? Well I’ve come the full circle on this chef’s journey and I’m going to hang up my apron and sailing boots for now and return to dentistry, this time in the south of the UK. I’ve always loved my job as a dentist and if you’re a patient of mine you’ll know that. On that note, thank you to all my patients who have emailed me while I’ve been away and for all your messages of encouragement. It’s amazing the amount of people though, that have asked me recently how could I ever “return to the day job?”, the thing is in dentistry I don’t just view it as treating “teeth,” I’m treating people at the end of the day, same in cooking it’s not just about the “food” but more importantly it’s about people. And once you focus on making people smile and making a difference, however small, you will ultimately be fulfilled whatever your job!

Some West of Ireland Pork Belly served up mid Pacific with a good helping of crackling!! (Marie's fav!)

Some West of Ireland Pork Belly served up mid Pacific with a good helping of crackling!! (Marie’s fav!)











Will I return to the sea some day? You know me well by now folks! Do I really need to answer that question? Luckily the sea isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future, if anything it’s growing! Meantime we’ll have to live vicariously through your blogs, so please send on links! For Paul & I it’s time for a new chapter and a spot of landlubbing!!

One Life… Live it!!


Lots of love,

Audrey xxx


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Speaking Engagements Paul and I will be speaking in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin on Thursday the 19th of February. If you’re keen to hear more about our travels and have a good fun night out then please ring the National Yacht Club and join us for dinner (€25 for 2 course meal) at 7.30pm followed by our Circumnavigation talk afterwards! Website: Phone: 01 2801198 If you would like us to speak at your event, yacht club or wherever please just drop us a line here.

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Final Ocean Crossing – Complete!!!

At 2300 a day ago (May 19th) we arrived in Gibaraltar after a five day crossing from the Azores, mid Atlantic.  There has been just four of us for this final bit, Paul, myself, Alvie and Ian.  Due to a weather delay in the Azores we ran out of time for Richie to complet the passage and so he finished his trans-Atlantic on a 747! Richie, we have missed you!!  Honest!!  Although I can’t say our sentinments are the same for that tin whistle of yours!!!


Our whale pursuit continued, and each time we came near we hoisted Alvie up the mast to try and get some decent pics of them.  We had more Blue Whales and finn whales on route but we were no where near as close as we got in the rib back in Horta (Azores).  Still though Alvie enjoyed his mast adventures and did manage to get some decent dolphin pics at least!  See below for yerselves.


It’s been a pretty grey passage in fairness, in fact since we left Antigua we’ve only had about four decent days of sunshine and blue skies otherwise it’s been grey and overcast.  Thankfully our final night at sea was cloudless and we had the most beautiful starry night before the moon rose and brightened the stunning sky.  On nights like that I just love being on watch and can’t help marveling at this wonderous universe!  The dolphins on this trip have been awesome and I can certainly say the North Atlantic dolphins are the friendliest in the world, staying with us for ages at a time jumping through LUSH’s bow waves!  Incredible!


On arrival we’re shocked and saddened to hear such drastic news of a yacht that got into trouble in the Atlantic a few days after leaving Antigua.  The four crew abandoned their yacht Cheeki Rafiki to a liferaft.  The search for them was initially cancelled after two days which is absolutely crazy!!!!!  These guys can survive for longer than two days in a liferaft and thankfully the search has resumed.  It is still possible these guys are still alive!


On hearing news like that it does make you realise the unfortunate potential and danger of the ocean.  For all its beauty and romance the sea can still be a tough and unforgiving place.  I am so grateful to have made it back to European shores safely thanks to captain, crew and a well built yacht.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those sailors, hopefully still alive somewhere….


Lots of love,


Audrey xxx

Lush about to transit the world’s most famous canal!

So we are sitting here in Shelter Bay Marina listening to channel 12 and the pilots communicate with the worlds shipping to link them from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans!

At 1700 UTC Lush will pull off the dock and we will head for Anchorage F where a pilot will join us to take us through the Panama Canal!

We have all been reading about the history….the 30,000 men who built it….the 10,000 men that gave their lives and the massive Lake Gatun…..a 560 Sq KM lake that was made by flooding the landscape to make the canal! All done 100 years ago!

And today….LUSH and her mighty team are about to transit it! Wow what an experience! We will be back with pictures later! :0)

Anyhow if you are interested keep and eye on the webcams and you may well see the mighty LUSH!

One Life…Make sure your living it!

Paul :0) x