I love sailing books, having done a little myself. That old man/woman against the sea scenario. I've always liked Paul Heiney as a broadcaster and I was looking forward to this book. The problem with documenting a trans-Atlantic voyage, I guess, is that for many days nothing happens. Heiney's book is not a chronological diary of the voyage and gives some history of the event and his motivation for taking part. This can be frustrating as at most points of the book you don't know where he is.
Some of the practicalities of sailing the Atlantic I would have liked to know about are only superficially dealt with. Similarly, sailing alone must be a psychological challenge as well as a physical one, and I would liked to have had more reflections on the state of mind. The crisis in the book comes as a little surprise as their is little inkling of the issue beforehand. Heiney also seems to spend more time below deck, leaving the sailing to his self-steering gear. I thought the point of sailing was to be in the elements and sailing the boat. Perhaps, this is the point and differentiates Heiney from the professional sailor.
Nevertheless, frustrations apart, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to those interested in sailing and particularly the Atlantic crossing.
- Buy this item and get 90 days Free Amazon Music Unlimited. After purchase you will receive an email with further information. Offer valid for a limited time only. Terms and Conditions apply.” Learn more here.