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Spero (Kindle Singles) by [Westmacott, Ursula]
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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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In the 1970s Chris Crocker was a successful restaurateur fast getting fed up with Swinging London and all its gaudy trappings. So he bought an ancient sailing boat (1909, the Spero of the title) and set off to Rio with his girl-friend Ursula. No matter that he had little sailing experience (none at all of navigation); that Spero was a small and narrow day boat with a galley equipped to provide nothing more challenging than a cheese roll or a gin & tonic; and that Ursula herself was completely new to the game: off they went and this is their amazing story.
The voyage ended up taking two years with farcical and sometimes tragic adventures at every turn. I read Spero in one sitting: the intrepid pluck of the two adventurers (some might call it chutzpah) is breathtaking. The pair are characters you begin to care about from the moment you meet them, and by the time it's all over they're old friends. An extraordinary adventure, painted in brilliant primary colours.
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I quite enjoyed this book, especially as I have done quite a lot of sailing myself. It was an account of Ursula Westmacott's introduction and further adventures in sailing. I was able to identify with the discomfort, grumpy skipper and the love/hate relationship with all of it!... There was also a lot of joy and sense of achievement in fetching different ports of call...only to move on after a couple of nights! I particularly enjoyed the web address at the end which showed some excellent photos of the boat, Yachting Monthly page clipping and the couple as they are now!...Still together after all these years!..I loved 'Spero' and the beautiful lines showed off to perfection by some Beken photos. Not sure I would have enjoyed the low headroom below and those very flat decks! Great respect to both of the Westmacotts! Thank you for sharing.
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This is a must read. My interest was generated because Ursula is my eldest son’s wife’s mother. Regardless, this is a wonderful story that will delight you whether or not you have family connections. It is a travelogue, a family history and a cookbook all rolled into one. Most of all, it is a love story between two people, Ursula and Crocker, between two people and their boat, Spero, and between those two people and the people they meet and the places they visit on the way from Falmouth to Rio. The action takes place during the late 1970’s to the early 1980’s and, if you lived through those times, you will find it interesting to map what you were doing then with what they were experiencing. And, if you were not around then, it will serve to bring new insights and perspectives to your understanding of those times. Ursula has a light touch to her writing with some wonderful phraseology and so my advice is to Sign in, Download and Curl up for a jolly good read!
John Busby
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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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When l read this book l didn't realise it was a short story so was disappointed when it finished....l was ready to circumnavigate the globe with Ursula and her entourage!!
A bit of nostalgia for me having been there and done that.Like Ursula l was also thrown in at the deep end when it came to my first days navigating so this book really was a pleasure to read, all the memories of the galley and deck, good weather and bad came rushing back.
A good descriptive of life on and off the water with a bit of humour thrown in. Bet she has more to say about her time in Brazil....got the feeling she was keeping an awful lot "off the paper" To sum it up a good short travel the ocean and custom in to new shores read
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Incredible journey by two very resourceful and interesting people.
I was fascinated from the first page and so admired their ability to enjoy such a spartan & uncomfortable way of life. Don't think I'd have had the courage even when young to do what they did but wish now that I had. Loved her frequent descriptions of the food they cooked and ate, I too love food & cooking but she performed culinary wonders in extremely adverse conditions, 'respect'.
This little book is also packed with her delightfully honest observations of how life is lived in some of the more fascinating places they dropped anchor at.
Loved it, just sorry it's finished.
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