Proving that sailing is not just the husband's pursuit, this charming narrative of one couple's first long distance voyage is told from the wife's perspective. Writing in a lively, humorous way, Sandra Clayton gives an entertaining account of her and husband David's maiden cruise from the UK, down the Atlantic coast and into the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Conscious that old age or poor health could prevent them from sailing away for much longer, they left the world of work behind to chase their dream of adventure. Conditions are sometimes maddening, occasionally dangerous, but frequently magical.
Marine creatures enchant their days while ships that pass in the night add a touch of romance.
But the book is far more than just the story of the Claytons' 2,000-mile trip. Somewhat unprepared for what faced them on the way, they had to learn from their own mistakes, finding themselves in places and situations where they never expected to be. The book has plenty to offer those who might consider embarking on a similar voyage of their own: Learn how the Claytons did it, which route they took, the beautiful locations they visited, who they met along the way, and their good decisions as well as their bad. A great bunkside read, it may inspire others to make a similar break themselves.
Clayton has been accused of "whinging" in other reviews, but I felt that she was presenting the many times that things went wrong as humorous. She has plenty of nice things to say about the people and places she encounters, while the actual sailing mishaps have to do with being rookies at the game. One aspect that I did find dated concerned their mad hunts for accurate weather forecasts, where today a smartphone would work fine. Bear in mind their trip was over a decade ago, reconstructed (quite well) from her notes.
Pamela Garelick's narration works so well that I had to remember it wasn't Sandra herself telling the story directly to the listener. I'm looking forward to hearing the sequel.
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This is not a technical book on sailing. The author does a very good job of describing their life on their sailboat while hitting the mediterranean.
I thought I would only like technical books on sailing with the author story written in between. This book is quite the opposite, the author does a great job of telling her story with selling techniques written within it.
I really enjoyed this book. As I was listening to it, I could get a Visual in my head about what was going on at that moment. This is a fun book and worth your time.
Let's get a boat and sail
What disappointed you about Dolphins Under My Bed?
I am afraid the narrator really spoilt it for me.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
None, the story was fine.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
She had a strident, objectionable tone that I found difficult to listen to.