Fascinating firsthand narrative recounts author's circumnavigation of the globe in 34-foot sailboat he built himself. Tropical islands, natives, exotic ports, storms, near-shipwreck, many other adventures. 61 photographs.
Les Powles only had 8 hours of sailing experience when he decided to sail solo around the world. Many novices would be content to just dream of such an adventure, and maybe get as far as a solo Channel crossing a couple of years down the line. Not so Les Powles, one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary and eccentric sailors. 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.
In 1895, at the age of 51, Captain Joshua Slocum left Boston on his sloop Spray. Three years later, after sailing single-handed 46,000 miles around the world, Slocum returned to Newport, Rhode Island. Through this, he was revered by sailors and adventurers around the world. The story of this journey is a classic tale of achievement in the face of overwhelming odds. ""'Walden' without the training wheels."" -Nathaniel Philbrick
Why will a sailor never go to sea on Friday 13th? Why are boats always referred to as 'she'? How do you navigate the ocean without a compass? Does the Bermuda Triangle really exist? Why do sailors wear earrings? Did Blackbeard actually exist? Did Nelson really say 'Kiss me, Hardy'? What's the correct way to bury a body at sea? Why is a rope never called a rope? This fascinating collection of maritime folklore and trivia delves into the history, science and culture of the sea, and is packed full of entertaining, surprising and insightful facts, from the delightfully obscure to the amusingly quaint, including everyday expressions that have their origins on board ship. Topics include: sailors and superstitions; ships and shipbuilding; navigation and seamanship; pirates and smugglers; fish and fishermen; coasts and oceans; tides and weather; art and literature of the sea.
The Drama of a Singlehanded Sailing Race Around the World
Author: Hal Roth
Publisher: Seaworthy Publications Incorporated
Category: Sports & Recreation
In August 1986, Hal Roth set out to race around the world: 27,550 miles from Newport to Newport. This book is his intensely personal account of failure and triumph in his struggle against gales, flat calms, mountainous seas, gear failure, injury and illness. Illustrated.
As the first person to ever complete a single-handed circumnavigation of the globe, Joshua Slocum recounts his pioneering feat in Sailing Alone Around the World (1899), an engaging memoir of his adventures aboard the sloop Spray. An immediate success, the book has inspired countless later travelers. Slocum, a master of understating his achievements, rebuilt the derelict sloop Spray between 1893 and 1894 and set off on his voyage in April 24, 1895. His voyage generated much publicity at the time and he was awaited by eager supporters at many of his ports of call.
Henderson gives a complete history of bluewater solo sailing. He describes the gear, boats, rigs, and techniques that have worked, with emphasis on recent technology developments. He also tells the stories of those crazy, fascinating sailors who have shown us the way.
"Sailing Alone Around the World is a sailing memoir by Joshua Slocum in 1900 about his single-handed global circumnavigation aboard the sloop Spray. Slocum was the first person to sail around the world alone. The book was an immediate success and highly influential in inspiring later travelers.
A Sailor's Ultimate Journey Around the World Alone
Author: Dave Rearick
Category: Sports & Recreation
On October 2, 2013, Dave Rearick began an epic solo voyage around the world. Onboard his specifically built Class 40 racing sloop appropriately named "Bodacious Dream," Dave sailed from Newport, Rhode Island. He sailed the length of the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Town, South Africa, a distance of 8,000 miles. From Cape Town, Dave sailed to Wellington, New Zealand where "Bo" was originally built, and then onto the fabled Galapagos Islands, one of the earth's great nature preserves. On the final leg, Dave returned to Newport, Rhode Island by way of the Panama Canal. The full circumnavigation took 256 days to complete, leaving an indelible memory of the challenges and rewards of being at one with nature, the solitude of the open sea and the ever-changing landscape of life. At the age of 12, Dave Rearick was introduced to sailing on a small boat. By the age of 14, he was captivated by the stories of legendary sailors who raced or sailed single-handed around the world. Forty years later, in 2011, now age 54, Dave finally began his quest to race on-board in the Singlehanded Global Ocean Race. When the race was canceled, Dave, undaunted, continued his quest and embarked on the long-dreamed adventure that became a challenging journey of learning and discovery. Join Dave and Bodacious Dream as they navigate the oceans of the world alone and the personal challenges met along the way.
Attempting the World's First Single-Handed Vertical Circumnavigation of the World.
Author: Adrian Flanagan
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
OVER THE TOP is the story of Adrian Flanagan's quest to become the first yachtsman to circumnavigate the globe via the two Polar regions, alone and without stopping. It is a daunting challenge but unquestionably the last great single-handed sailing prize to remain unclaimed. Success means that Flanagan will join the ranks of the solo circumnavigating yachtsmen and women who accomplished sailing firsts, among them America's Joshua Slocum (first ever solo), Britain's Francis Chichester (first solo with only one stop), Robin Knox-Johnston (first solo non-stop), and Chay Blyth (first solo non-stop against prevailing winds and currents) and Australia's Kay Cottee (first woman solo and non-stop).All of these great passages followed a west to east route, with the exception of Chay Blyth who went east to west. No-one has ever been round on a longitudinal axis north-south. The title derives from the proposed route into the North Sea and Barents Sea and over the top of Russia through the Northeast Passage, entering the Pacific Ocean via the Bering Strait. A southerly course towards New Zealand will end with a westward turn torwards the southern tip of Africa. The home stretch will be a northwest track towards the Cape Verde Islands before heading northeast to make the run for home. The planned departure is June 2005, with an estimated 30,000 miles under the keel on the south coast of England in mid 2006.
Covers spey techniques useful for all rods Casting techniques practical for everyday fishing situations Expert spey caster Simon Gawesworth shares casts adapted from two-handed spey casting that enable you to fish the challenging spots most anglers skip. Whether you're a small-stream angler casting for tough trout or a saltwater fly fisher, Simon has refined spey casts for all one-handed rod needs: the single spey, double spey, snake roll, snap T, side cast, shepherd's crook, reach cast, and aerial mends. Learn ways to cast a fly to cope with obstructions wherever you find them and whatever water you fish, making it possible for you to fish the waters that frustrate other anglers.
Blending a highly personal perspective on the challenge of single-handed sailing with detailed advice, this guide gives counsel on craft selection and preparation, self-steering devices, emergency gear and tools, and other practical matters
This collection of seafaring sagas displays how sailors fight their way across vast waters, face unknown dangers, and find the courage to battle forces of nature with amazing fortitude. This collection includes the story of Mike Plant, America's greatest solo sailing racer, as he headed out to sea from New York harbor never to be seen again; the journey of one man on a wooden fishing skiff who faced an early sea ice storm to search desperately for a lost partner; the courageous adventure of Gerry Spiess aboard Yankee Girl, a 10-foot home-built plywood sloop, as he left Long Beach, California, to begin a bold voyage in the smallest craft ever to sail across the Pacific Ocean; and the tragic legend of the men aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald who found themselves in a deadly race against time as a terrible storm deepened. These powerfully retold stories will sweep readers into the world of high seas adventure and desperate survival of outstanding sailors aboard memorable boats.
The true story of a cleaning lady who set out to sail around the world
Author: Julie Waterman
Publisher: Mereo Books, mereobook, mereobooks
Category: Biography & Autobiography
ÿ Raised to a life of relentless hard work as one of seven children of a single mother, Julie Waterman was married and having her own first child by the time she was 17. At 23 she was running her own cleaning company, making such a success of it that she was soon employing 400 people. But at 35 she gave it all up to buy a second-hand yacht and embarked on the biggest adventure of all ? an attempt to sail single-handed round the world. There were parties in every port, along with a string of romances, some hilarious adventures and several narrow escapes from a watery grave. But Julie stuck to her plan - until a tropical storm left her shipwrecked on an island in the South Pacific, where she lived for three glorious years, falling in love with a handsome young French diplomat. Unfortunately her new paramour turned out not to be all he seemed - and Julie?s round-the-world adventure was far from over. Shipwrecked in Paradise is Julie Waterman?s story of her colourful life, complete with the laughs, the loves, the maritime mishaps and the parties and pink gins.