Janet and Al spent six years voyaging around the world in Solara, their Cabo Rico 42 foot sloop. It took another seven years for Janet to record their travels in her book, The Reluctant Sailor: An Incredible Journey of a Lifetime.
Starting in 2001 by spending their first year in the Caribbean learning the ropes, Janet and Al travelled through the Caribbean to Gran Sabana, Venezuela, then through the Panama Canal, to the Galapagos, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, the Marquesas, Samoa (the site of the Robert Louis Stevenson house), New Zealand (6 months and America's Cup viewing), Australia, Timor, Komodo, Bali, the south China Sea, Borneo, Thailand, Sri Lanka (cows and navy), the Maldives, Oman, the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, through the Suez canal, to Turkey, Greece, and Italy. From Italy the Peters broke for a period of a few months in North America.
They returned to travel, seeing sights like the Corinth canal, Sardinia, the Amalfi coast, Ibiza, Gibraltar, the Canary islands, the Turks and Caicos, and finally finishing in the Bahamas.
Janet brought fascinating pictures and anecdotes to complete her travelogue.
ABOUT JANET PETERS
Janet spent most of her married and working life in Toronto, teaching various grades for the Toronto District School Board, Branksome Hall, and for the Department of Defense in Germany. She graduated from U of T while teaching. Janet has three children.
She and her husband, Al, have travelled extensively when possible. Mainly, their vacations included trekking, hiking, or skiing and sometimes sailing, rafting and canoeing. They had a winter home in Collingwood where their family enjoyed skiing at Alpine Ski Club. It was here that they decided to retire.
When Janet decided to write her book, she took a creative writing course at U of T and became involved with a writing group in Collingwood. It took many years to finally complete.
Writing and promoting her book has become a new pattern to her busy life in Collingwood.
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