YARNS, NARRATIVES AND BIOGRAPHIES. Page Six.


CRUISING NARRATIVES



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  • A Tale of Two Yachts
  • Sailing Suleika
  • Blokes Up North
  • The Temptress Voyages
  • The Lugworm Chronicles
  • Farewell Mr Puffin
  • 500 Days Around the World on a 12 Foot yacht
  • Facing Fear
  • Adventures of Chas from Tas
  • Wavewalker
  • Where the Magic Happens
  • A Sailor, A Chicken, An Incredible Voyage.
  • The Islands Time Forgot
  • A Sail of Two Idiots
  • True Spirit
  • Living the Dream
  • Circumnavigation
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    A TALE OF TWO YACHTS.

    By Barbara White. Paperback, 0.56kg, 138mm x 215mm, 415 pages. Black & White Photos. Published 2022.

    A joyous comparative study of two kindred spirits undertaken a lifetime apart, or a tale of two yachts and two couples.

    In early summer 2015, following recent retirement, Barbara and Robert White left Plymouth, UK, on their elderly sailing yacht Zoonie, heading westwards to commence their circumnavigation. Eighty-seven years before them, in late summer 1928, recently married Erling and Julie Tambs left Ulvoysand, Norway, aboard their engineless retired pilot cutter Teddy, on a similarly westward route, to begin their cruise to the Pacific Islands.

    Combining extracts from her blog, passages from Erling’s book The Cruise of the Teddy and an enthusiastic curiosity to learn more about the world, Barbara embarks on a magnificent journey across oceans, between cultures and through time, all the while reflecting on what it means – and takes – to commit oneself to such a challenging expedition afloat.

    In the end, the fate of the two yachts is determined by the elements – that which no sailor, no matter how advanced their technology, can control – and the intervention and generosity of the people present when disaster strikes.

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    SAILING SULEIKA.

    By Dennis Krebs. Softback, 0.67kg, 150mm x 228mm, 313 pages. Colour Photos. Published 2021.

    Any Sailor's dream: a girl, a boat, and an adventure.

    Sally and Suleika sailed into Dennis Krebs' life when he was stationed at a New Zealand outpost on the island of Raoul halfway between New Zealand and Fiji.

    Sailing Suleika is the story of their journey from New Zealand to England, via Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Malacca Straits, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean and through France's canal system to the English Channel.
    Serving as mate to Sally's skipper, along with the responsibilities of bosun, musician, chef and first engineer, Dennis tells a brilliant, descriptive, and often hilarious tale of their multiple escapades and experiences, through some of the world's most dangerous and most beautiful waters
    This is every sailing lover's delight, a fantastic read. And if you're not a sailor, you'll want to be.

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    BLOKES UP NORTH.

    By Kev Oliver & Tony Lancashire. Softback, 0.25kg, 130mm x 200mm, 256 pages. Colour Photos. Reprint Published 2022.

    In a post-exploration world, two relatively ordinary blokes, serving Royal Marines, decided they wanted an extraordinary 21st century adventure.
    In this refreshingly honest account they re-live the highs and lows of sailing and rowing a tiny open boat, completely unsupported, through one of the most iconic wilderness waterways on the planet - the Northwest Passage across the top of Canada. They describe battling with an Arctic storm miles from land and being caught in the worst sea ice for more than a decade.

    Their story is enriched by the Inuit people and the incredible wildlife they met along the way, including all-too-close encounters with both grizzly and polar bears. And they relate with honesty how the isolation and stresses of the high Arctic shaped the bond between their two very different personalities.

    This is neither an expose of global warming, nor a detailed study of Inuit culture. It is not particularly long on the historical quest for the Northwest Passage. It is quite simply the tale of two blokes, up north

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    THE TEMPTRESS VOYAGES.
    Single-Handed Passage & Temptress Returns
    In a single volume, Edward Allcard's epic two crossings of the Atlantic in the mid-twentieth century in his thirty Four foot, forty year old yawl Temptress. (First Published in the 1950's)
    By Edward Allcard. Softback, 0.40kg, 130mm x 200mm, 440 pages. Black & White Images. Combined volume Published 2022.

    ( Single-Handed Passage).Sailing six thousand miles in eighty days, Allcard makes the classic southern route trade-wind crossing westward, and not without incident-severe gales, thief-catching in Spain, avoiding a seductive blonde in Gibraltar, encountering sharks and shoals of flying fish, and narrowly escaping falling overboard to his death when knocked out by gear falling from aloft.

    (Temptress Returns) Allcard's plan to dodge the worst of the hurricane season on his return voyage is not accommodated by the elements. Through gales and headwinds, and one terrible storm, he takes seventy-four days to reach the Azores from New York, arriving minus his mizzen mast, desperately exhausted, injured, and hungry. The next leg, to Casablanca, is enlivened by a female stowaway, before he makes a safe return to England.

    Whether describing the pleasures or the trials, the phosphorescent nights or the storms, the operation of his ship or his own introspections, Edward Allcard eloquently conveys his deep appreciation of the sea, and the escape from modern civilisation it offers him.

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    THE LUGWORM CHRONICLES.
    Lugworm on the Loose – Lugworm Homeward Bound – Lugworm Island Hopping
    (First published individually in the 1970's. Now available as a combined volume)

    By Ken Duxbury. Softback, 0.48kg, 130mm x 200mm, 521 pages. Drawings. Black & White Images. Combined volume Published 2022.

    Open boat cruising has never been more popular. Fifty years ago, long before today's explosion of activity, were Ken Duxbury and his wife B.
    Ken's three books recount their adventures in the eighteen-foot Drascombe Lugger 'Lugworm'.
    'Lugworm on the Loose' describes how Ken and B quit the 'rat race' and explored the Greek islands under sail. 'Lugworm Homeward Bound' recounts their voyage home from Greece to England. 'Lugworm Island Hopping' has Ken and B exploring the Scilly Isles and the Hebrides.

    The light touch of Ken's writing belies the sheer ambition, resourcefulness and seamanship which infuse these exploits. And beyond pure sailing narrative, his books convey the unique engagement with land and people which is achieved by approaching under sail in a small boat.

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    FAREWELL MR PUFFIN-
    By Paul Heiney. Softback, 0.39kg, 155mm x 235mm, 233 pages. Black & White Images. Published 2021.

    Paul Heiney set sail from the east coast of England bound for Iceland, propelled by a desire to breathe the cool, clear air of the high latitudes, and to follow in the wake of generations of sailors who have made this often treacherous journey since the 13th century. In almost every harbour he tripped over maritime history and anecdote, and came face to face with his own past as he sailed north along his childhood coastline of east Yorkshire towards the Arctic Circle.

    But there was one major thing missing from this voyage - the sight of puffins. They are remarkable birds, uplifting as a ray of sunshine after a storm. To see them and share their waters was also part of Heiney's ambition.

    With inspiring travel writing, social and maritime history, and good-humoured reflections on his sailing journey, Heiney brings us a love letter to the puffin, to Iceland and the north, and to the pure pleasure of being at sea.

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    500 DAYS AROUND THE WORLD ON A 12 FOOT YACHT-
    By Serge Testa. Softback, 0.28kg, 215mm x 140mm, 216 pages. Black & White Images. Published 2009.

    'I knew I had a strong and seaworthy boat, but after all, she was only 11 feet 10 inches long. How would she react to big waves, storms and cyclones? Would she capsize? Would I be able to pu t up with the continuous rolling and pounding? The best way was to try..

    Alone aboard Acroh, the tiny yacht he designed and built, Serge Testa sailed around the world and into the Guinness Book of Records.
    Exotic landfalls, cyclones, encounter with whales, and a nearly fatal fire at sea makes this a gripping story.

    This lively, warm and well written account of circumnavigation is told with understatement and humour.
    A unique voyage of discovery and endurance appeals to the adventurer in all of us.

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    FACING FEAR Sailing Solo Around Antarctica.
    By Lisa Blair. Softback, 0.58kg, 153mm x 233mm, 333 pages. Full colour Images. Published 2021.

    Facing Fear is the inspiring true story of Lisa Blair, who on 25 July 2017 became the first woman to sail solo around Antarctica. She very nearly didn’t live to tell the tale. Seventy-two days into her circumnavigation, when Lisa was more than 1000 nautical miles from land, the mast of Climate Action Now came crashing down in a ferocious storm. In freezing conditions, Lisa battled massive waves and gale-force winds, fighting through the night to save her life and her boat. Following her ordeal, Lisa relied on her unbreakable spirit to beat the odds and complete her world record.
    With unwavering focus and determination, she sailed home, completing her journey after 183 days.
    This is the story of her remarkable voyage.

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    ADVENTURES OF CHAS FROM TAS Vol 1. Renegades at Sea

    By Juliet Prentice & Charles Blundell. Softback, 0.42kg, 150mm x 230mm, 279 pages. Line Drawings. First Published 2015.This Edition 2021

    Chas has sailed more miles than to the moon one and a half times and back, and is the record holder of some legendary sea-faring adventures. The voyages he has made, some of them considered too dangerous for any man in his right mind to embark on, are famous in the sailing world, as is the man himself.
    He is know the world over by thousands, from sailing champions to many others from all walks of life, from Sarah Churchill to the King of Norway, to the late, great Peter Ustinov.

    This is the first volume in a three book series of the much requested memoirs of Chas from Tas, recounting adventures from the early days of his career and spanning five decades.
    His chronicles record vivid accounts of the major blue water classic ocean races, ocean voyages across the globe, comradeship and many a humorous escapade when ashore.

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    WAVEWALKER
    By Suzanne Heywood. Softback, 0.55kg, 155mm x 235mm, 397 pages. Colour Photos. Published 2023.

    Aged just seven, Suzanne Heywood set sail with her family on a three-year voyage around the world. What followed turned instead into a decade-long way of life, through storms, shipwrecks, reefs and isolation, with little formal schooling.

    Suzanne fought her parents, longing to return to England and to education and stability. This memoir covers her astonishing upbringing, a survival story of a child in dire circumstances deprived of safety, friendships, schooling, occasionally drinking water… At eighteen, through resolve and resilience, Suzanne earned a place at Oxford university and returned to the UK.

    This is the incredible true story of how the adventure of a lifetime became one child’s worst nightmare – and how determination helped her escape.

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    WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS. How a Young Family Changed their Lives and Sailed Around the World.

    By Caspar Cravan. Hardback, 0.64kg, 168mm x 245mm, 306 pages. Full colour Images. Published 2018.

    In June 2009, Caspar and Nichola Cravan created a plan to sail around the world with their young children. Most people thought they were crazy. But over the past seven years they've embraced every moment of this momentous chapter of their lives. Five years of planning – the vision, the values, the practicalities, the realities, the excitement, the highs, the lows and the seemingly adventure-stopping obstacles – led to two wonderful years of living their dream – the magical and the scary; enjoying life and learning as a family.

    It's a story of a fabulous sailing adventure but it's also so much more than that – it's an inspirational tale for all those wishing they could do the same; a practical guide to show you just how you can make it happen; a motivational story of leadership and teamwork within a family; and a funny, heart-warming tale of slightly unconventional family life.

    The fascinating narrative of Caspar's story is accompanied by useful text features such as tip boxes, sidebars and chapter summaries, so that the reader can easily extrapolate the necessary nuggets about how they can make the dream a reality.

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    A SAILOR, A CHICKEN, AN INCREDIBLE VOYAGE.
    By Guirec Soudee. Hardback, 0.58kg, 160mm x 235mm, 311 pages. Black & White images. Published (in English) 2021.
    The Seafaring Adventures of Guirec and Monique.

    A man and his chicken sail 45,000 nautical miles in this powerful story of following your dreams.
    When Guirec Soudée was 21 years old, he bought a 30-foot sailboat and set out across the Atlantic, despite having only sailed a dinghy before. His only companion? His plucky pet hen, Monique.
    Guirec never intended to sail the world with a chicken, but after reaching the Caribbean, he and Monique made for Greenland––and emerged from the pack ice 100 days later. Their next goal? San Francisco. Then, Antarctica. But first, could they navigate the treacherous Northwest Passage...?

    Guirec and Monique’s unbelievable journey won the hearts of people all over the world and caused a social media frenzy when it happened. Now, in their (long-awaited) first book, readers will uncover their gripping voyage from start to finish and discover how to navigate treacherous icebergs with a chicken on the mast!

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    THE ISLANDS TIME FORGOT.

    By Graham Morse. Paperback, 0.26kg, 150mm x 230mm, 245 pages. Published 2010.
    Exploring the South Pacific Under sail

    Fifty-five islands, nineteen countries, seventeen thousand miles … and one amazing adventure. A fascinating story of four sailors who discovered the magic of the South Pacific … and the islands time forgot

    After recovery from a serious illness, Graham Morse vowed to achieve his dream of sailing across the South Pacific with his wife, Janet, and reliving the adventures of his boyhood heroes, Captain Cook, Thor Heyerdahl, and Christian Fletcher. They had expected to find some of the most beautiful islands in the world, and were not disappointed. But they were surprised to find a world where life has changed very little in two hundred years, and where the people have very different values than his own society, and however poor, take pleasure in giving. But sadly it is a world on the cusp of change.

    Travel with them as they discover the mysteries of ancient Polynesian culture, are welcomed into the homes of humble people, meet fascinating characters, are invited to village feasts, work with black pearl farmers, and swim with seals, sharks, and whales.

    The voyage --which took them across the world's largest ocean --was not without its dangers, incident, and tragedy. The Islands Time Forgot is not just for sailors who yearn to make such a voyage, but for all armchair travelers who have dreamed about the South Pacific that only a sailing boat can reach.

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    A SAIL OF TWO IDIOTS.
    By Renee D. Petrillo. Paperback, 0.4kg, 290 pages, 152mm x 228mm. Published in 2012.
    Renee Petrillo and Michael Puceta are just like you: two dreamers who fantasized about saying goodbye to the rat race and sailing to their fantasy island. Not knowing how to sail didn't stop them.
    And it didn't help them either.
    With Renee as the captain and Michael as the first mate, the couple managed - in spite of themselves - to get from Miami to Grenada, eventually dropping anchor at the island of their dreams. Determined to save you from making the same mistakes, Renee shares the 101 lessons the couple learned the hardway - a true example of the proverb "do as I say, not as I do:"
  • Choose the right boat for you and your cruise
  • Maintain your boat without drowning in bills
  • Understand how things work before you discover how they break
  • Swallow your pride and turn back if conditions are out of your skill set
  • Rely on sailing guides but also trust what you observe
  • Make VHF your friend
  • Stop and smell the seaweed - sometimes repairs can wait
  • Drop anchor the right way
  • Mingle with the local without creating an international incident
    In her self-effacing manner, Renee brings you into the cockpit to experience this fantastic journey, and her honesty about the highs and lows will make you comfortable about making mistakes. A Sail of Two Idiots will give you the confidence to take a trip of a lifetime; because in this case, it isn't just the journey but also getting to your destination that is important - and in one piece, even better!

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    TRUE SPIRIT. Updated Edition.
    By Jessica Watson. Paperback, 0.31kg, 127mm x 198mm, 386 pages, Black & White Images. This Edition Published 2011

    On 15 May 2010, after 210 days at sea and 24,285 nautical miles, 16-year-old Jessica Watson sailed her yacht, Ella's Pink Lady, triumphantly back into Sydney Harbour. She had become the youngest person to sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the world. It seemed the whole country stopped to welcome her home.
    Inspired by the sailors who had gone before her, people of Joshua Slocum, Don McIntyre, Kay Cottee, Ellen MacArthur and, especially, Jesse Martin, she had spent years preparing for this moment, focused on achieving her dream.
    When she collided with a 63,000-tonne bulk carrier during her final sea trials, it seemed to many she'd failed before she'd even begun. But Jessica brushed herself off, held her head high and kept going.
    Never once did she lose sight of her goal.
    In her own words, True Spirit tells how a young girl from Queensland, once afraid of everything, decided to test herself. This extraordinary adventure would see her develop the mental strength to deal with knockdowns, loneliness, wild seas and endless days going nowhere. It is an inspiring story that ultimately proves that we all have the power to live our dreams - no matter how small or how big they are.

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    LIVING THE DREAM.
    By Vern & Connie Madison. Pbk, 152mm x 229mm, 368 pages, monochrome photos.
    This book is the true-life adventure story of a seven-year cruise from Newport, Oregon, to Phuket, Thailand in the 35-foot steel-hulled sailboat, Tainui. This book gives a true picture of what it's really like for a retired couple to live their dream of full time cruising to far away places: the highs of beautiful sailing days, snorkeling off pristine coral, anchoring in tropical lagoons, exotic cultural experiences, and the fellowship of the cruising community, but also fear in storms, the exhaustion of sleepless night watches, discouragement of endless boat maintenance, and a rusting through of Tainui's hull.
    Although Living the Dream is written for a general audience, serious sailors will find a wealth of helpful cruising information and steel boat owners will profit from significant learning experiences in the maintenance of a steel hull.

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    CIRCUMNAVIGATION.
    By Natalie Reeve. Hardback, 0.84kg, 155mm x 235mm, 348 pages, Black & White Images. Published 2018

    An adventure of epic proportions that any aspiring sailor or even sea-grizzled captain cannot fail to enjoy.

    The circumnavigation, originally documented in Kyrie’s logbook by Natalie, is retold with frequent quotes from her husband Noel.
    The story begins with the couple’s meeting and fortuitous purchase of the yacht that Noel built but could not keep. It describes the challenges involved in the total refit and preparation of Kyrie for her journey, as well as Natalie’s introduction to sailing, and Noel’s struggles with his fears of placing them both in danger. The ‘shakedown cruise’, and the long voyages across vast oceans test the endurance of the couple as they learn to work together to harness the power of nature, and maintain their vessel, combatting their sailing and navigational skills against the vagaries of vast oceans, reefs, and weather.
    Their fears conquered, dreams come true.

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