• Who We Are

    In April 2006, Bill and Susan Grun purchased a J/160, a 52-foot high performance sailing vessel built for speed and designed to cruise the oceans in comfort and style.  W [...]

  • 2014 Overview – Tasmania and New Zealand

    During the past two years, Avante has traveled more than 3500nm up and down the eastern coast of Australia. Our goal for this year is to go further south in Australia and crui [...]

  • Nelson to Auckland

    After our passage across the Tasman Sea from Hobart to Nelson, we spend a few days in Nelson. Much of Friday is spent cleaning up the boat after the passage. The marina is a f [...]

  • The Roaring 40’s

    Has anyone not heard of the Roaring 40’s?  Vast stretches of ocean with little to no significant land mass to block the movement of air, winds whistle unimpeded through t [...]

  • Tassie By Sea, Part 2

    Friday, March 14th – We wave farewell to Allusive as she leaves Recherche Bay to head around South East Cape. For the next several weeks, John and Di plan to cruise in P [...]

  • Tassie By Sea, Part 1

    Friday, March 7th – In the late afternoon, we start the engine, leave Beauty Point Marina and motor down the Tamer River following s/v Allusive. John and Di Joyce and th [...]

  • Tassie By Land

    Tasmanians are quite proud of their island, and they should be. It is a beautiful place. There were several couples from Tasmania on the Louisiades Rally that we participated [...]

  • What? The Mast Is Not Yet Finished?

    Wednesday, November 21, 2013 – We fly back home to the United States for an all too short 7 1/2 weeks.  Our “here a while; there a while” schedule is beginning to catch [...]