Fantastic! My girlfriend bought me this, and I've been reading a bit every night (like his trip round Ireland?). A true journey, the inner reflecting the outer. Beautifully written in parts, a little indulgent in others (wind names?). I loved following the journey on the hand-drawn maps (though not having all the place names mentioned in the text was sometimes frustrating). I don't sea kayak (yet!), but I do spend a lot of time bobbing about in the surf. This was next best thing to actually doing the trip. A great winter read for kayakers. Exciting, death-defying, thrilling. I particularly empathised with his connection to the sea, and of course, the creatures in it (having been to the Dingle and swum with Fungie, and seals in Cornwall). I even learned something useful about tides and winds just from reading this book. I'm going to go and buy his other book 'Blazing Paddles' immediately. I think his title lets it down though - I'm all for a bit of humour, but this is false modesty- a serious book like this deserves something more original/creative (rather than borrowed). This was the best read I've had for a very long time - I can't praise it enough.