By Gwenda Cornell
Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (July 2012)
The South Pacific conjures dreams of romantic charm and escape from the pressures of modern life – but is this a true picture of real-life on the Islands?
Gwenda Cornell sailed to these Islands to discover the quality of life, history, and culture of the peoples who inhabit these remote and beautiful places. Sailing with her husband and two young children on the family’s 36ft yacht Aventura, she explores many corners of the Pacific that can still only be reached by sea.
The odyssey takes her to the mysteries of Easter Island, to Samoa and to the Descendents of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn. She witnesses history in the making at Tuvalu’s birth as a nation and finds the last royal nose-flute player in Tonga.
The exuberance with which the Pacific Islanders enjoy their lives bears witness to Gwenda Cornell’s final analysis that “the South Pacific remains a peaceful oasis in a troubled world and the Pacific Way can serve as an inspiration to those who live in a fast-moving, competitive society.”
Gwenda Cornell is married to blue water cruising guru Jimmy Cornell. She initially qualified as a pharmacologist but became a teacher in order to educate their two children during the family’s voyage around the world. Since returning she has worked as a freelance writer and editor.