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A great read
on 2 September 2013
I picked up this book at the start of a train journey. I had read Guy Grieves Call of the Wild which for me was the perfect adventure book about wilderness, wildlife and survival in a country which I have always had a longing to visit. This latest book wasn't immediately attractive to me. A family sailing around the Caribbean, a region I have no interest in with its picture postcard palm tree fringed islands, large marinas and millionaire boats. I was in for a very different read than expected.
This is about buying an unseen, untested old sailing boat from a yard in Venezuela and sailing it home to the west coast of Scotland!! with your most precious cargo aboard - your family. From the first few pages in you feel you are also along for the ride. It isn't just about sailing and boats, its about weather and tides, people and cultures, landscape and wildlife, but mostly about the many perils on both sea and land that could turn this ambitious adventure into a nightmare.
The author is not the macho, this is how to do things, survivalist type, so he is easy to relate to. You really live the highs and lows from the violence of man and nature and in contrast the warm friendly welcomes and the discovery of enchanted places, but at all times you feel the vast distances and the vulnerability of this family. A great read, I thoroughly enjoyed it.