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The Ocean Voyager and Me Paperback – 18 Jul 2014
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When the boat berthed in Durban harbour there were many curious onlookers – and Di describes so poignantly the poor shy souls who stood there without words, peering into the boat, clearly longing to be part of the world she and her intrepid husband and crew members had the courage to embark upon. Well, you know what – I felt just like those poor souls, reaching out with my heart to this exciting new world. But would I ever have adapted to the rigours of such a life? – for it was not all fun and games. In my late sixties a took a sailing course through the Firth of Forth and into the North Sea – battling with the helm was exhilarating but reefing sails and struggling with ropes was exhausting and I jumped ship before the final destination; and then I joined a friend on Chesapeake Bay which was so becalmed that we had to resort to the engine – which Di’s boat didn’t have! Imagine coming to terms with an ocean-going vessel totally reliant on wind!
If you long to escape into an enthralling swashbuckling vicarious experience, this book will do the trick for you. But here’s a warning: you may get angry with one or two of the recalcitrant crew members, like one who refused to recognise the authority of the Captain! Why, Di, did Rod not make him walk the bloody plank!
It's fascinating to read these four years in her early adult life. Clearly she lived the experience but it's more than tinged with sadness that she and the love of her life couldn't reconcile a life together.
What surprised me most was how well written this amazing story is.
In this world of social media - over sharing, and living our lives constantly tethered to some sort of technology, it is such a pleasure to read about two unique people who created something of beauty and experienced parts of our world that no longer exist.
I highly recommend this book!
A story of a very young family sailing from East Africa to Brazil and UK and by design without either engine or radio. A truly great account. This is compelling reading
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