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Spero (Kindle Singles) [Kindle Edition]

Ursula Westmacott
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Description

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In 1979, Ursula Westmacott impulsively left London and her modelling career to join her boyfriend Chris Crocker on board Spero, a 42-foot sailing boat built in 1909 and never modernized -- no engine and just a sextant for navigation. The two intrepid sailors headed south for Gibraltar, then Africa, finally crossing the Atlantic to reach Brazil.


Westmacott’s account of their voyage – hilarious at times, hair-raising at others – forms a remarkable adventure story from a pre-Internet era.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3154 KB
  • Print Length: 95 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HXDV6IW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile read but not altogether about sailing 11 Feb 2014
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The author writes very well and amusingly, dwelling mostly on her love of cooking, the challenges of catering on a small and Spartan vessel and "making do". She is engagingly frank about the flaws in her own character and that of her partner (later husband). She prefers to write about the places they visit it in their yacht Spero than about the sailing aspects of their long voyage. It's comparatively short which probably means I'll be tempted to read it again to savour the writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Memoir 9 Feb 2014
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A young woman goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this beautifully written memoir that reads as though every word is true. With no previous experience of the sea to speak of, the author finds herself sailing down the coast of Africa in a tiny, antique boat designed for racing off Cowes. She manages to shed a generous sidelight over the rest of her life in a very distinctive voice, so you feel you might be listening to her, hunched up in the cabin and eating her ocean-going food. Part foodie travelogue, part journey through life, she eventually crosses the Atlantic without an engine or any modern 'cheating' devices like gps, while her newly acquired (in a bizarre session in Banjul) husband navigates by the stars...

Well, what can I say? Read it for yourself - you'll be charmed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring and fun, this book almost makes me want to cross the Atlantic in a sail boat. Ursula writes with humor and detail and brings the reader along their journey. Don't miss the link to the great pictures!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life long lovers manual 21 Jan 2014
A must read for all lovers...both the sea and each other .....a fun enchanting true story of times gone by and how the soul is enriched by such entwining experiences
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 17 Feb 2014
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What a fantastic couple , true adventurers , could not put it down and loved the story, especially ending in Brasil....then Uk ...I recommend this thoroughly !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spero 7 Feb 2014
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a very good travel narrative,I found it very informative and entertaining, the cultural differences especially from one country to another makes interesting reading.
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