This charming account of the voyage of two men in a small boat half way round the world from Plymouth to New Zealand in 1953 is a rare insight into a time, not long ago, when sailors had no GPS, electronics, radio or any of the mod cons that we take for granted today. Without lifejacket or a life raft, they 'just took what came along', hand steering all the way, navigating by sextant, hand-cranking their engine and using oil lamps for light at night and for navigation. Sailors will be staggered how primitive conditions were only a few decades ago, even though it was the norm at the time. Part travelogue and part adventure story, the two friends encountered drunken harbor masters, the mafia, the legacy of slavery and lost civilizations in the Pacific. Beautifully written, vivid in its descriptions of the two men's exploits ashore and on board, this quirky and entertaining audiobook will be a fascinating listen for sailors and non-sailors alike.
"A compelling story - I feel like I have sailed with them." (Yachting Monthly)
©2010 Ben Pester (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"Narration a little slow, thus slightly irratating."
It's a good story with plenty of information about sailing, and the description of the boat paints a vivid picture.
"Two true gents enjoying their lives"
Great adventure and story..... Made me long to go to sea and explore... Thanks.. Great view of the ocean world
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