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Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
BOOKS OF THE
Boat Books Tel: 1300 262 826
Entertaining on the Water
Liz Chard’s two passions are cooking and sailing. So why not
combine the two? Entertaining on the Water is a cookbook with
a difference. Liz Chard has prepared simply beautiful recipes for
breakfast, lunch, Happy Hour, dinner and dessert, all of which
are made for a chef in tight spaces! Being out on the water
doesn’t have to mean simple snack food. With Entertaining
on the Water it is easy to cook delicious food without interfering with leisure time.
So stock up the on-board store cupboard, raft up with a group of friends, and share
a delicious meal on the water.
HB 149 pages $39.95
Voyaging with Kids
GIFFORD, JOHNSON, ROBERTSON 9281
Choosing a boat that is right for your family; handling the
naysayers; keeping your children safe, healthy and entertained
afloat—this inspirational and comprehensive guide may be
just what you need to turn your dream into a reality. The three
authors, who have each voyaged thousands of miles with
children onboard, provide a factual and balanced look at the realities of life on the
sea. From their own experience and with information from interviews with dozens
of other voyaging parents, they discuss caring for an infant on board, handling the
changing needs of children as they grow, sorting and understanding education options,
ensuring parents find the private time to keep their relationships in tune, and helping
children make the eventual transition back to shore life.
PB 336 pages $59.95
A Journey for a Princess
by Rob and Rose Ungar
published by Robert Unger in association with Princess/
Boutique Boat Company
136pp hard cover, 30cm x 30cm; (On sale through Sandringham
Yacht Club for $40.00 per copy (two for $75, three for $100). All proceeds
will contribute to SYC’s junior sailing facilities. <http://syc.com.au/kimberly-
“ Time and tide wait for no man,” wrote Geoffrey Chaucer in the
1300s, to which Mark Twain added this advice five centuries later
... “ So throw away the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour,
catch the trade winds in your sails ... Explore, Dream, Discover.”
Victorian boat owners Rob and Rose Ungar followed the advice
of both famous writers and threw away the bowlines several decades
ago, sailing their various motor cruisers in circumnavigation voyages
of Tasmania and coastal cruises as far west as Port Lincoln and as
far north as Hamilton Island with long-time skipper Mike Percy.
The ultimate aim, however, was a cruise to the dramatic Kimberley
coastline of Western Australia.
Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania
by Andrew Wilson
published by Paul County at
Sunny South Publishing
RRP $47.95 available from <info@
hardback; 22cm x 28cm)
Tasmania, being an island state,
is steeped in maritime history. Stories
abound of early whalers, the famous trading ketches of the Derwent
and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and famous yacht builders.
Some of the finest books written are long out of print, rare copies
occasionally come available such as my treasured copy of ‘A Hundred
Years of Yachting’.
Researcher, writer and splendid photographer Andrew Wilson’s
first edition of Old Sea Dogs is a wonderful publication in which he has
captured the lives of some of Tasmania’s living seafaring characters
with classic black and white photography and their colourful and
humorous tales of the past and present.
In Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania Andrew Wilson has portrayed with
skilful photography and words the stories of such old salts as his
father Bob, a man with a passion for wooden boats, yachtsman Terry
Bragg, Cape Horner Donald Garnham, Tasmanian circumnavigator
Bern Cutherbertson, Tasmanian Maritime Museum president Mike
Webb, shipwright Noel Wilson of Wilson Brothers fame, pioneering
abalone fisherman Kevin Hursey, and self-confessed Tamar ‘river rat’
Don Squires, just to name few.
Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania is not restricted to ‘old salts’ but includes
a wide collection of Andrew Wilson’s finest photographs of maritime
landmarks around the 4,882 kilometres of the State’s often rugged
Most of all, this book (and a second one is on its way) captures
the living history of Tasmania’s proud sea heritage.
Serious planning began in 2010
when Rob decided to upgrade from
his then boat Mia, a 21m Princess,
and buy a brand new 72ft Princess,
fitted out with a Kimberley cruise
in mind. They named their new
They departed Sandringham Yacht Club at the end of February,
heading up the East Coast and ‘around the top’ to Darwin and thence
to the awesome coastline of the Kimberley. Retracing their voyage,
they returned to SYC late in November having travelled close to
9,000 times miles (929 engine hours).
Throughout their voyage, which they shared with friends and
family, Rob and Rose sent weekly reports to SYC which published
them on the club website.
Since then the couple have funded the publication of this
magnificent table top book, a recollection of their journey, beautifully
illustrated. The sales of the book they hope will raise funds for SYC’s
junior sailing facility as well as giving other members some additional
insights to what it means to undertake such an adventurous voyage.
From Sandringham to the Kimberleys and return, they made
more than 60 ports of call and R&R used 92,693 litres of fuel. They
made 28 fuel stops on the voyage, with one rare photograph of one
fuel stop, showing a larger tanker on a remote beach, with R&R bow
to shore to undertake re-fuelling.
“Our Princess 72 ... ran like a small city, making water, power
cooling our fridges and cabins, cooking our barbeques ... she never
missed a beat,” Rose and Rob wrote in their ‘Final Word’.
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