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IsaLei-Rua - Matauwhi Bay, Russell, New Zealand 1999
(Technical Info about IsaLei-Rua )
(Photo Album - pre 1996 photos)
(Photos - 17 November, 2006)

Larry & Peggy Anderson, the original owners, left Vancouver in August of 1990 with the goal of sailing past the Sydney Opera house in Sydney, Australia.  They achieved that goal in April of 1995.  Along the way they stopped in California, Mexico ( 1 1/2 yrs), Marquesas, Tuamotus, Tahiti, Society Island chain, American Samoa, Western Samoa, Tonga and on to New Zealand.  In 1993 they cruised Fiji but returned to NZ for the summer.  In May 1994, they left for Australia where they cruised until May 1995 when they returned to NZ.  Until July 2000, IsaLei-Rua made her home base in Russell in the beauitiful Bay of Islands in northern NZ. 

Cruising Story   Map

Leaving IsaLei-Rua for the last time, April 2000

On the 28th of April, 2000, she was sold to Bob & Jacquie Donovan of Australia and the vessel's documentation was changed from Canadian to Australian with a home port of Fremantle, Western Australia.

Bob & Jacquie sailed IsaLei-Rua from New Zealand to Fremantle Australia via Cairns and Darwin in company of a professional skipper and arrived there in November 2000. In 2004, they set out for Tasmania and stayed there for about a year.  During July 2006, they sailed north up the Queensland coast headed for Papua New Guinea and in September & October, 2006 they cruised the Louisiades.  In November 2006, they returned to Queensland to put IsaLei-Rua on the market after Christmas.   She was sold in January 2007.

The proud new owners of Isalei-Rua are Arie & Lenie Smit of Redland Bay, Queensland, who are hoping to have lots of good sails and fun.

L. Anderson
Queensland, Australia

This page created 15 July, 2006
Revised 15 August, 2010

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