The Sea Takes No Prisoners

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Product Number: Z14140
Released: Jun 07, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501990441
Narrator/s: Mark Williams
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This is a real-life story of small-boat adventure on the high seas, complete with extreme risk, last-minute ingenuity, and many near-misses. The Sea Takes No Prisoners begins in the 60s, telling of the adventures of the author as a boy--a time of boarding schools, long holidays, and an unbelievable (to today's parents) amount of freedom and danger. Encouraged by his parents (who lived abroad) to become more independent and self-sufficient, Peter decided to see how far he could get in his family's small open dinghy Calypso. At age 16, he spent a winter restoring the 16-foot Wayfayer open boat before sailing headlong into a force 7 gale and very nearly capsizing, after which he headed back to land to plan even more extreme adventures. The Wayfayer is a popular class of open dinghy (11,000 built): a boat designed for daytime gunkholing around coastlines and estuaries. But along with the occasional brave crewmate, Peter managed to sail her across the English Channel, through the Bay of Biscay, down the French canals and into the Mediterranean, then up into the North Sea and the Baltic to Oslo, living aboard for three months at a time. These were some of the longest voyages that anyone had ever achieved in an open boat, where (as Peter says) you "have to be like a tightrope walker, concentrating on balance day and night, fully aware of the consequence of relaxing your vigilance." He survived huge waves, nine rudder breakages in heavy seas, dismasting, capsizes, and hallucinations caused by sleep deprivation. He also managed it on a tiny budget, working as a farm laborer, hitchhiking everywhere, and at times living on one meal of cereal a day, to save the maximum amount for his boat. Charming, beautifully written, and a lovely insight into a seemingly golden time, this is primarily a great read, but will be of huge practical use to anyone wanting to go that bit farther in their dinghy. It also includes a lovely foreword by world-famous yachtsman Brian Thompson.


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The Sea Takes No Prisoners
Product Number: BX00069295
Product Number:Z14140
Product Number:CP0590

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Author(s): Peter Clutterbuck
Narrator(s): Mark Williams
Product Number CP0590
Released: Jun 15, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501990571

Professional reviews

"Listeners travel across years and seas with author Peter Clutterbuck in his improbably small dinghy, Calypso, on voyages that he admits his older, more experienced, self would never have tried. Malk Williams's narration starts with Peter's boyhood row across the English Channel and recounts his ever increasing desire to best each of his records. His goals culminate in the longest-ever trip made in a Wayfarer class open dinghy, which takes more than three months. Sailing fans and people interested in survival and adventure stories will have much to learn here as Williams details the careful provisioning of the craft and the many dangers Clutterbuck encounters at sea. Williams's calm, measured tones belie the difficulties--from rudder breakages and dismastings to hallucinations. E.J.F. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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