From the Trade Paperback edition.
Lin's warmhearted storytelling will draw you into their cruising life and revewal the secrets that kept this well-known couple wandering the watery reaches of the world for more than forty years. Lin and Larry paid for their apparent freedom by working along the way - delivering and repairing yachts, and writing for magazines around the world. Their motto - Go Small, Go Simple, Go Now - has inspired thousands of potential voyagers to stop dreaming and set out to sea.
"The Pardeys weave a tale of people and anecdotes that makes for marvelous armchair cruising. If you've read earlier works, you won't be disappointed. If you"re new to the spell of the Pardeys, this will surely hook you." -- Yachting
Les was in his 50s when he built himself a yacht with little prior knowledge of boatbuilding. Remarkably he made it across the Atlantic, though his navigation skills didn't match his boatbuilding abilities; his first landfall was Brazil. He'd been aiming for Barbados - 100 miles north, and in a different hemisphere!
Three complete solo circumnavigations followed, all of them full of incident. The last one saw him given up for dead when he hadn't been heard from for four months. His boat had been damaged in a storm, he'd lost all communications and had virtually run out of food. When he sailed up the Lymington River (aged 70) in a skeletal state his arrival caused a media frenzy. Lymington Yacht Haven subsequently gave him a free berth for life.
A terrific achiever who has beaten the odds, Les Powles tells his story in a lively, entertaining, humorous and compelling way. It will resonate with sailors and non sailors alike, and may inspire one of them to become the twenty-first century's Les Powles.
unnoticed out of Falmouth harbour steered by the solitary figure at her
helm, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and a half months later Suhaili,
paintwork peeling and rust streaked, her once white sails weathered and
brown, her self-steering gone, her tiller arm jury rigged to the rudder
head, came romping joyously back to Falmouth to a fantastic reception
for Robin, who had become the first man to sail round the world
By every standard it was an incredible adventure, perhaps the last
great uncomputerised journey left to man. Every hazard, every
temptation to abandon the astounding voyage came Robin's way, from
polluted water tanks, smashed cabin top and collapsed boom to lost
self-steering gear and sheered off tiller, and all before the tiny
ketch had fought her way to Cape Horn, the point of no return, the
fearsome test of any seaman's nerve and determination.
A World of My Own is Robin's gripping, uninhibited, moving
account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time. An instant
bestseller, it is now reissued for a new generation of readers to be
enthralled and inspired.
'What you have done makes me proud to be a human being.' Ben Harper, musician
'I was a member of a large community at the start who thought he was mad. I take my hat off to him.' David Adam, international yachtsman
On 31 October 1999, at the age of just eighteen, Jesse Martin sailed into the record books in his yacht Lionheart, by becoming the youngest person ever to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world.
Jesse Martin was born for adventure. After learning to sail at fourteen, he travelled along Australia's tropical coast on a flimsy catamaran, and by sixteen he had kayaked through the remote islands of Papua New Guinea an crewed on a yacht sailing from Belize to Tahiti. But the biggest adventure of them all was yet to come.
Lionheart is Jesse's story. A story of courage, loneliness and danger, it is also an incredible, gripping, true-life adventure.