When Shane Acton set off from Falmouth in 1973 in the 18 foot "Super Shrimp" to seek adventure on the high seas, he was armed with a navigation book given to him as a birthday present, a plastic sextant, Mickey Mouse wristwatch and a Japanese radio - plus a novice's optimism. Before buying his tiny yacht he had never sailed before. The extraordinary story of his eight-year record-breaking circumnavigation, with all its dangers, discoveries and joys, has become a sailing classic. This book chronicles the daredevil experiences of this young voyager who overcame hair-raising perils, not to mention his own inexperience in navigation, to achieve what for most people will always remain just a dream. Former marine Shane Acton from Cambridge always loved boats and the open trail. But it was after returning from a year roaming America - fed up with the red tape and visa requirements restricting his freedom - that he decided the answer was to get a boat and simply sail along from country to country wherever the mood took him. He is currently based in Costa Rica, South America.