Laraphinta 1958 Peter and Lesley Mounsey
|Owner (s)||Lesley Mounsey|
From Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Golden Jubilee magazine
Produced in 1989
In 1958 Peter and Lesley Mounsey left Middle Harbour on a world circumnavigation in their 36' yacht, Larapinta. They steered a course up the east coast of Australia, turned west and sailed across the Indian Ocean.
They made landfalls at Christmas Island, The Cocos Keeling Islands, Rodriguez, Mauritius and Durban, South Africa. From Cape Town they sailed up the Atlantic to Plymouth, stopping at St. Helena, Ascension Island and The Azores. On their homeward voyage they sailed from England to Portugal, The Canary Islands, Barbados, through the Caribbean and The Virgin Islands to The Panama Canal. Pacific landfalls were made at The Galapagos, The Marquesas, The Tuamotus, Tahiti, The Societys, The Cook Islands and Fiji, before clearing customs in Newcastle, Australia, in 1961.
In 1965, when Peter returned from Cowes, England, after representing Australia in the Admirals Cup, he and Lesley sailed away from Middle Harbour in another yacht, Tawarri, in 1965.
On their Way to France, they made landfalls at Noumea, The Solomons, New Britain, sailed up the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea and visited Port Moresby, Darwin, Christmas Island, Diego Garcia, The Seychelles, Aden and sailed through the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. In the Mediterranean, they sailed by way of Cyprus, Athens and Malta-to Toulon, France.
The Mounseys had three more yachts after Tawarri which were mainly used for Solo Trans Tasman and east coast races.
Peter continues to deliver yachts around the world and has more than 1 million sea miles behind him. When not sailing, fruit farming or endurance horse riding, they live in Yandia, Queensland.