Iris and Dogstar
by Iris Marshall
This article is based on the diary of Iris Marshall, a ten-year-old girl who sailed on the yacht Dog Star with her parents and a family friend from New Zealand to Nouméa. The text details the highs and lows of the journey from Iris’s perspective and includes some excerpts from the on-board logbook. While few students will have had the experience of sailing, many will have experienced sea sickness, and most will relate to and be interested in the day-to-day details of life at sea. The text could be used as a starting point to explore the nature of adventure, its perils, and its rewards.