The Cruising Dream


Jenny and Doug Lawton were two schoolteachers who loved their jobs, and had a wonderful family of three boys and a happy family home. As their sons were growing up and becoming independent, Jenny and Doug could see a new era in their lives approaching. They took up the challenge of Doug’s dream to ‘buy a boat and sail away’ and turned it into a reality. It took common sense, careful planning and hard work, but led to amazing experiences and unforgettable places and people.

  • Title: The Cruising Dream
  • Published by: Jabiru Publishing
  • Year of publishing: 2015
  • Book format: Paperback
  • Pages: 324 pages, 40 photographs and illustrations
  • Available on Amazon

Jenny Lawton

Jenny Lawton was born in Home Hill in North Queensland. She later moved with her family to central New South Wales, and later to Sydney. After finishing school at Sydney Girls’ High School, she completed a course in Primary School Teaching and began her lifelong career as a teacher. She met Doug Lawton, a high school Industrial Arts teacher, while she was still at Teachers’ College, and they subsequently married.

As teachers, they enjoyed the same holidays as their sons. Camping was a favourite holiday, with one of Doug’s demonstration boats which he made at the same time as students at school.

Jenny and Doug spent seven years cruising the South Pacific. They were able to make their cruising dream a reality by careful planning and determination. Their sailing adventures wildly surpassed their expectations. Their only troubles came with Doug’s eventual illness, but he had fulfilled his dream, for which Jenny was ever thankful. Jenny still lives in Cairns.

Jenny’s first book, “The Cruising Dream”, has been published by Jabiru Publishing.