Seamanship

Seamanship

A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the author's winter 2003 sailing voyage alongside his friend, George, in a forty-two-foot ketch through the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland, during which they navigated through difficult hazards that tested their skills and friendship.

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From Land's End to Cape Clear, at the southwestern tip of Ireland, past Roaringwater Bay and Cod's Head, on past Inishvickillane and Inishtooskert, up through the Hebrides, to Orkney and on to the Faeroes, stretches the richest and wildest coastline in Europe, an Atlantic-battered world.

Wanting to experience the feeling that only the ocean can give you, of being "a single hair on the world's skin," Adam Nicolson set off to sail this coast in the Auk, a 42-foot wooden ketch, heading off on a 1,500-mile voyage through what he hoped would be a sequence of revelatory landscapes. He was not disappointed.

Seamanship is more than a travel journal. What Nicolson has written describes an inner journey as much as an outer one. He writes of his own yearning for wild and open spaces, but his year is strung between the competing claims of leaving and belonging, of thinking that no life could be more exhilarating than battling a big Atlantic gale and of the desire for harbor and home, for the comforts of stillness.

Disasters and revelations greet him at every turn; sacred landscapes and modern visionaries; encounters with the animals living on the wild edge of the Atlantic; a moment at which the prospect of death comes strolling on board the Auk and others in which the strains of this ocean-edge existence threaten his friendship with George Fairhurst, who was sailing with him. Above all, it is about the gaps that open up between those who go and those who stay at home.

Seamanship, in the end, is not about the sea; it's about being alive.



Book News
The author of God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible describes more earthly matters in a memoir of his sail-borne "affair with the Atlantic." In 2003 Nicolson and a friend took the Auk, a 42-foot wooden ketch, from Land's End in England up the west coast of Ireland, through the Hebrides to the Faeroes, a 1,500-mile trip through storm and stillness. It is, of course, a tale not just about the journey, but about life itself. The volume has no index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
From Land's End to Cape Clear, at the southwestern tip of Ireland, past Roaringwater Bay and Cod's Head, on past Inishvickillane and Inishtooskert, up through the Hebrides, to Orkney and on to the Faeroes, stretches the richest and wildest coastline in Europe, an Atlantic-battered world.
Wanting to experience the feeling that only the ocean can give you, of being "a single hair on the world's skin," Adam Nicolson set off to sail this coast in the Auk, a 42-foot wooden ketch, heading off on a 1,500-mile voyage through what he hoped would be a sequence of revelatory landscapes.
Disasters and revelations greet him at every turn; sacred landscapes and modern visionaries; encounters with the animals living on the wild edge of the Atlantic; a moment at which the prospect of death comes strolling on board the Auk and others in which the strains of this ocean-edge existence threaten his friendship with George Fairhurst, who was sailing with him. Above all, it is about the gaps that open up between those who go and those who stay at home.

Baker
& Taylor

Recounts the author's winter 2003 sailing voyage alongside his friend, George, in a forty-two-foot ketch through the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland, during which they visited the Shetlands, Orkneys, and Faeroes islands; learned about more than one thousand years of local history; and navigated through difficult environmental hazards that tested their skills and friendship. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060753429
0060753420
9780060753443
Characteristics: 180 p. ; 21 cm

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