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

Rosemary has published a novel, The Homestead on the River with Harper Collins (Mira) under the name Rosie Mackenzie. She has also published a memoir Can My Pony Come Too? under the name, Rosemary Esmonde Peterswald. She has also published a novel, Bird of Paradise under the name, Rosemary Esmonde Peterswald.  Rob has published a novel, The Castle at Peters Forrest and Volumes 1 and 2 of The History of the World from the Back of a Boat. Together they have compiled a new edition of Beyond the Shore called Coasting: A sailing and dining odyssey along Australian shores which is a salute to Australia's wonderful east coast, its sparkling sailing waters, fine seafood dining and joy of life. They were in the proces of compiling a book on the European waterways, however sadly COVID put an end to that.