These books are my story and yes, the sea and sailing feature prominently. But I wrote them for everyone.
They’re about hopes and dreams. Happiness and despair. Learning and growth.
They’re about escaping self-imprisonment and reclaiming freedom.
But most importantly of all, they’re about living a life that excites you.
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Disillusioned with my life of normality
I bought an 18ft sailboat, made her my home,
and set sail in search of adventure.
I FOUND IT
Then I decided to sail across the Bay of Biscay.
IT DIDN’T GO WELL
This is a book not just about sailing,
but about life.
It’s about what happens at the very limits
of physical, emotional, and mental capacity.
Ultimately it’s about how a personal tragedy led to a life-changing discovery.
The realisation that hidden deep inside of us all
is the perseverance and passion needed for achieving long-term goals.
‘A Foolish Odyssey’ picks up where the first book ended.
My dream and the adventure were over.
I returned to dry land. 20 years of conformity ensued.
It was a roller coaster ride.
Then, at the age of fifty, I lost everything .. again.
Alone, depressed, lost, and on the verge of giving up,
I stumbled across a forgotten book.
It jolted me out of my stupor.
Its message was clear..
Build a boat.
Return to the sea.
In this final book of the series the adventure begins again.
Over the Channel. Across the Bay of Biscay. Spain. Portugal. The Mediterranean.
Three years of life afloat.
Will this fool finally escape?
You’ll have to wait and see.
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