• Excerpt from The Celestial Sea, Part Four (Book 1 in The Celestial Sea Voyages)

    ‘Wave Slicer--Watery Dancer--long and deep.’ The Boat slips away from the Marina easily, sailing out of the harbour at long last. The perfection is breathtaking. She is balanced and beautiful, surpassing even the original vision. The Craftsman watches; delighted. He checks the backstay; yes, taught and secure, supporting the mast from the stern, and the whisker pole is set and ready. The bowspreader catches the morning sun, leading the vessel out and away. His work is complete--for now. He will keep an eye from a distance. The two sailors know what they are about. They sense the unfolding story and its emerging Quest and with their combined experience they skilfully navigate the waiting waters.

    The sails billow with purpose in the spring winds. They take the Boat swiftly along the coast of native fern and foliage, volcanic indentation and golden beach. The region’s coves and inlets tempt the crew to frequent anchorage, revealing riches beyond their wildest imaginings. They are together--quietly--adventuring and silent as one; enjoying sweet lyric and sensual pleasure that surprise them both when they take down the sails in the quiet bays.

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