If you’re wondering what Chris Stewart did before he and his girlfriend Ana moved to El Valero their Spanish farm here’s one of the answers. He took to the sea, landing a job as skipper sailing a Cornish Crabber around the Greek islands. It was his dream job but there was just one tiny problem. He hadn’t ever sailed before and didn’t have a clue how to start.
In a series of madcap adventures we follow Chris from a shaky start in Chichester harbour to his epic Odyssey to Spetses (a bucket would have been handy), and on to the journey of a lifetime – battening down the hatches on a trip across the Atlantic.
It’s a journey crackling with Chris’s zest for life, irresistible humour, and unerring lack of foresight. Dry land never looked more welcoming.
©2009 Chris Stewart (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The author is comical but too the point. Really made me feel like I was right there with him, especially trying to piss off the side of a boat with foul weather gear on in a nasty storm.
For anyone who has come to sailing (and especially cruising) later in life, and loves it (as the author clearly does, and as I do) this book will strike some wonderful resonant chords across the whole emotional range.
All in all, well-written, evocative book that will appeal to those who sail but should also interest and amuse those who don't.
I specially recommend the bit about the first sailing 'lesson' and the bit about what is involved in 'relieving' oneself over the side of a boat in cold weather on a rough sea. I laughed so much I couldn't breathe!
I have read all of Chris Stewart's books and love his easy style. For me, he seemed to be scraping the barrel with this one. There were 2 distinct parts, and he clearly took the view that neither merited a book in itself so he lumped them together. This seemed a bit odd, but maybe he simply couldn't remember enough about each individual experience to fill a paperback. Here he is recounting his adventures on the high seas. These took place before his move to Spain. I preferred his books set in Andalucia. Still well worth a listen.
"Laugh out loud funny"
This book is a tale of a young man realising that there was more to life than looking after sheep. He sets out learning how to Sail and is then asked to go on a perilous journey to the North. It is particularly funny if you have a vague knowledge of boats and sailing. We listened to this book on a long car journey, it was the perfect companion. Brilliantly written and read by Chris Stewart who is both funny and self effacing. Chris has written several other books that I would recommend to anyone who has a love of travel and likes a good rollocking tale. Among his others particularly, 'Driving Over Lemons' .
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