Peter Lewis: and how he sailed around the World
Naturaliste U3A member, Peter Lewis was born in Busselton in 1948, attended the local Primary school and later the high school. He left school, joined the Australian Army for nine years and spent the majority of his working life in various jobs from rough neck on a drill ship, tradesman, small business owner and various other jobs.
With his four sons grown up and having left home, he says he then had the space to pursue a long-supressed dream of crossing blue water.
‘I’m going to sail to the Cocos Keeling Islands,’ he boldly decided. ‘May even sail right around the world!’ He estimated a 3-year journey.
He set off for Cocos Keeling Islands on May 17, 2003 and arrived back in Australia after completing the journey on November 1, 2007. During this time, he had many run-ins with the vessel resulting in fractured teeth, cracked ribs and a fractured femur. His boat took a bashing from mother nature on more than one occasion.
Stops along the way included Cocos Keeling Islands, Rodrigues, Mauritius, Reunion, around the bottom of Madagascar and into Durban, South Africa. After that he sailed to Port Elizabeth and Port Francis and then on to Cape Town, next to St Helena then to Trinidad ….
Because of space constraints, please read more of Peter’s interesting and inspiring adventures in his own words HERE