Rob Peterswald and Rosemary Peterswald

Rob and Rosemary Peterswald

Rob Peterswald and Rosemary Peterswald have been sailing together for many years, both in Australian waters and in the Mediterranean. They have produced four coffee table books encompassing their sailing experiences, the seafood they have tasted along the way and the many varieties of wine of each region they have sailed through. 

Their first boat was a small wooden motor launch, which they acquired in Port Moresby shortly after their marriage in 1966 when Rob was posted with the Pacific Islands Regiment at Taurama barracks. 

In 1980 they moved to Tasmania where they bought an apple orchard on the Tasman Peninsula and continued their love of sailing by purchasing a Huon pine sloop, The Charlotte Rose, which they sailed Tasmanian waters in extensively. When they wished to go further afield, across Bass Strait and up the east coast of Australia, they purchased a Roberts Mauritius, named Reveille. Their next yacht was a Tasmanian 1950’s celery top pine ketch, Tasman Isle. In the year 2000, when they retired from their successful real estate business in Hobart, they purchased Oceania 11, a fifty-foot ketch, which was such a pretty yacht, that Claudia Shiffer, the famous supermodel, demanded to be taken sailing on her.

It was when sailing on Oceania from her home base in Queensland to Tasmania that Rob and Rosemary came up with the idea of producing coffee table books on their experiences. Firstly came From the Sea, showcasing Tasmania’s beautiful sailing waters, seafood and wine, followed by Beyond the Shore featuring the entire east coast of Australia from Port Davey in the southern Ocean to the tip of far north Queensland. 

Having yearned to sail the Mediterranean they bought a brand new Benneteau Oceanis 50 situated at Gruissan in the South of France in 2008. And so began their adventures in the Mediterranean on Sea Dreams, which has resulted in Sea Dreams in the Western Mediterranean and Sea Dreams in the Adriatic. They are presently sailing in Turkish and Greek waters for their next two books, which will feature their favourite spots in the Mediterranean, Adriatic and the Aegean.

The Yacht Sea Dreams

Sea Dreams at anchor in Croatia

‘It takes time to sail and photograph all these stunning waters, let alone taste the delicious food and interesting wines, so our loyal readers have to be patient. We hope to have completed sailing the Aegean by the end of 2015 and thereafter will compile our next books.’ 

Rosemary has published a novel under the name Rosemary Esmonde Peterswald set in Papua New Guinea in the 1960’s, Bird of Paradise. And Rob has published an historical novel based on the Peterswald family’s history in Silesia in the 15th Century, The Castle at Peters Forrest. They are both working on other books.