About us

On board Take It Easy are Wade, Chris and Bengie

Chris & Wade

 

Wade is the skipper and jack of all trades.  That is what you become on a boat to stay out of mischief.  He often says: “Cruising is the art of running minor repairs and maintenance in exotic places.”  Wade is a safe, conservative, patient sailor, a good navigator and careful weatherman.   His motto is “we are in it for fun not fright.”  We don’t like to scare ourselves.  We only go when the weather is right.  Wade’s favourite thing is sails trimming.  If he can extract a little more performance out of our sails, he fiddles with those strings!

Chris is the first mate, willing to do anything and everything as Wade’s right hand.  As much as possible we share the running of the boat.  We have a rule on board: both of us need to be capable of doing most things interchangeably.  It is as much about safety as it is about enjoyment.  We make a good team.  Chris’s favourite thing is manoeuvring in and out of jetties, marinas and tight spots.  Her motto is “proceed slowly into danger.”  Well actually it’s “Avance tout doucement vers le danger” – she was born and grew up in France…  For her sailing is about adventures, discovery, and the opportunity to muse, dream, and capture our experiences in writing or through the camera lens.  She is a keen photographer and writer.

 

Guard cat on boardAnd we must not forget Bengie, our ship’s cat, and a very talkative one at that.  She is a Bengal, a striking leopard looking cat with bright green eyes.  Bengals supposedly like water and happily jump in and swim.  Bengie is somewhat of an exception!  She does not mind the water, but from a distance, which is probably safer.   Obsessions: butterflies and dragonflies.  Naughtiest deed: climbing up anything and everything, including the mast.  Favourite food: any, she could be mistaken for a Labrador.  Favourite past time: hiding in bags, green bags, sail bags, rope bags (very tasty salty bits of string in there), shopping bags (sure to be food inside), and more bags.  Favourite toy: bird feathers, preferably large ones like those of pelicans or cape barren geese. She also has the rare distinction of being a published author, having had two articles published in Cruising Helmsman:  Cat on a Cat, and Weather forecasting and other ship’s cat jobs.

Take It Easy UnderwaySailing  has been our passion for many years.  Whether it is for weekend escapes or extended cruises during summer holidays or Easter breaks, we are on board at every opportunity.  We have been sailing together on catamarans of various sizes since 2000, all made from the same construction: marine ply and epoxy.  It was not particularly planned that way, but it has worked out well for us.  Marine ply is relatively easy to maintain and repair when needed and if the boat fills up with water it will still float!

We love the sea, we relish an adventure, we enjoy nature.  The ocean, the seabirds and other wildlife, the pristine anchorages are an endless source of pleasure and we like sharing this with friends, either as they accompany us on our escapades or through our photography and chronicles.

Cruising is a mix of things for us: the joy of sailing, the excitement of exploring new destinations and revisiting favourite anchorages, the challenge of stretching the boundaries and learning along the way, the intense pleasure of reaching places less travelled, and the fun of meeting like-minded yachties.  It is an absorbing past-time for now, but it will soon be our life.  We intend to live aboard when we give up work.

 

 

25 thoughts on “About us

  1. Nice website. I was interested in your recent Multihul article about building your boat. We are currently building a Spirited 380 and into the 8000th hour. It is bloody hard work as you point out. Anyway, hope all goes well.
    Allan

    • Thanks Allan, we have most definitely chosen the easy way in more ways than one. We take our hat off to you and other cat builders! When is the end in sight for you? Chris

      • Yes! You can then nominate other blogs you like. Here are the instructions I was given:
        What you do on your website:
        – Post a link to http://www.astrolabesailing.com, indicated as the person who nominated you.
        – Answer the ten questions I posted for my nominees on my Liebster page
        – Nominate up to ten sites you deem interesting.
        – Set ten questions of your own, for your nominees to answer.

        It is a bit of fun and a way of kindred sites to recommend one another! 🙂

    • Hello again, Cybele… Yes it’s fun and we are not even on the boat full time yet (there is this work thing getting in the way)! Then we can really live the dream. Just imagine the photo opportunities! 🙂

  2. Hi, Chris, I’ve been enjoying your posts and I wanted to drop a note and thank you for the Follow. I look forward to seeing more great stories like the recent sunrise sequence on Red Sky in the Morning.

    • Thank you so much Robyn… You know I actually followed you when Leanne Cole introduced you, but for some reason your address dropped out of my followers list. Your comment on Red Sky prompted me to re-subscribe . I enjoy your work! Chris

  3. Your blog brings back memories. We sailed in the Eastern Med for several years. If you like our sailing adventures are on http://www.geriatrix.de.
    For various reasons we changed to a “land boat” and enjoy now travelling in a camper van several times a year.
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Hi Chris and Wade. Congratulations on an excellent and inspirational site. I will be helping my brother in law deliver his DuFour 38 from Brisbane to Launceston early next year and we certainly intend checking out the bass strait islands and possibly port Davey at a later stage.
    Your stories have fired me up to do more adventurous cruising on my little 7m Farrier Trimaran.
    Fair winds and roll on that day when you can cast off without having to return to work.

  5. Hi SV Take it Easy. I saw you this morning on the Hastings. That was me that waved from my single scull. I was watching to see that you didn’t ground there on the junction of the two rivers. I gather you are a Seawind 1100. Let me know if you’d like to come ashore for a meal and a shower if you are here for a few days.

    • Hi Meredith – thanks for the very kind offer – we are visiting friends up river. We are an Easy 1160 cat, not a Seawind. Horrible weather but we are safer here than out in the ocean with the wind and rain forecast for the next few days! Chris and Wade

  6. Hi Guys, We are also moored at Paynesville (On a swing mooring in Newlands Arm) and go past your boat all the time. Love the colour of your hull. Have always wondered when we would be there at the same time. We are a white Privilege – (currently unnamed but that is a whole other story) Look forward to meeting you soon. Natalie and Brad 🙂

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