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Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
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This Is It
With their incurable curiosity and desire for adventure, Jackie
and Noel Parry sold all their belongings and flew to America
in search of a boat. Four years prior, they circumnavigated the
globe on their thirty-three foot boat, Mariah. The pull back to
the ocean was too strong to ignore any longer. Now they wanted
a new challenge. From the perils at Pitcairn to the grand statues
of Easter Island, Jackie and Noel set sail south to the remotest
inhabited island in the world. This is a story of travel, love,
and relationships and two people figuring out life and fulfilling their need to move
and be challenged. PB 292 pages $34.95
Seabirds of the World
This book is a visual celebration of seabirds from the
tropics to the polar regions, revealing their extraordinary
lives in pictures and words. From seabird cities to a
lone albatross circumnavigating the globe, each picture
not only tells a story but is beautifully crafted. David
Tipling has travelled the world’s oceans and visited remote islands across the globe
in order to reveal the secret lives of some of earth’s most enigmatic species of birds.
Seabirds of the World celebrates the lives of these remarkable birds, many of which
have populations in crisis. Never before has such a large group of birds needed such
urgent action to save them from the brink of extinction. HB 192 pages $39.95
This Is It
2 hemispheres, 2
people, and 1 boat
by Jackie Parry
published by Jackie and Noel Parry
292pp, 15cm x 21cm
This is one of the most enjoyable cruising books I have read,
one of those adventures stories you find it hard to put down for
the fear of missing something in its continuity. I couldn’t wait for
the next chapter.
Like Jackie’s previous books, A Standard Story, Of Foreign Build
and Cruisers A A, This Is It is a beautiful written book, a delightful
description of the return to ocean cruising by Jackie and her
husband Noel after they had settled down ashore at Greenwell
Point on the New South Wales South Coast.
Four years previously they had circumnavigated the world in
their 33-footer Mariah II, and now their adventurous spirit surfaced
again. Jackie had set her heart on exploring Europe by barge; Noel
proposed flying to America, buying a boat and cruise back across
the South Pacific to Australia, visiting the world’s remotest islands.
The latter eventuated. In San Francisco, they bought a 30-year-
old Aleutian 51 named Pyewacket II and spent many months setting
up the boat for extended, short-handed cruising.
As a result, the book contains a most informative section about
Pyewacket II and its cruising fit-out, but also excellent advice on
buying in a foreign country, visiting countries such as Mexico and
Ecuador and the remotest islands of the South Pacific, including
Pitcairn and Easter Island.
Taking time ashore they even visited the mountains of Peru,
including a hazardous bus ride to famous Lake Titicaca, before
finally heading across the South Pacific to their first destination
From their they sailed to Pitcairn and Gambiers Islands, then
to Tahiti and Suwarrow (their favourite) on to Wallis Island, Fiji
and Noumea before making landfall on the Australian East Coast
at Bundaberg. They then cruised down the East Coast to their
home at Greenwell Point near the mouth of the Shoalhaven River.
And where are they now? Jackie got her wish to cruise the
canals of Europe, writing the book aboard a 20-year-Dutch barge.
Islands in a Circle Sea
by Sandra Clayton
published by Malvern Partnership, Utah, USA
RRP: $14.95 (246pp, 15cm x 23cm)
Islands in a Circle captures the great diversity of the islands in
and around the North Atlantic Sea which Sandra and her husband
have discovered in the 40ft comfortable cruising catamaran, Voyager.
They have sailed from the Mediterranean to the lush, volcanic
Azores and royal cays of the Bahamas. From the tropics they have
cruised north up the US east coast, exploring America’s Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway, or ICW for short.
This is an extraordinary system of
rivers, lagoons, lakes and ocean inlets
connected by man-made canals through
the towns, marshes, cedar forests and peat
bogs of five states – Florida, Georgia, the
two Carolinas and Virginia.
From there they just kept on going,
sailing into Washington, Chesapeake Bay and New York Harbour,
on the last summer before 9/11. From there they sailed north along
the coastlines of New England and Maine and onto the rugged
east coast of Canada.
They have sailed through a vast array of North American islands
ranging from the sub-tropical Florida Keys up to New England’s
historic islands such as Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
Islands in a Circle Sea also included the south-western islands
of Great Britain, including the remote Scilly Isles, infamous for
Sally Clayton’s extensive voyages with her husband on Voyager
have resulted in four previous books, Dolphins Under My Bed, Turtles
In Our Wake, A Thousand Miles from Anywhere and Osprey Summer and,
in Islands In A Circle Sea, is written with her wry sense of humour
and evocative comments on America’s waterways, in particular.
Sally Clayton’s books are enjoyed by many different people;
adventurers, travellers (actual and armchair) who like to read about
places they may never visit. And of course, sailors. h
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