engrossing memoir of working on a tall ship as it circumnavigates the
globe has more than enough nautical detail for Patrick O'Brian fans, but
its lasting pleasures derive from more modern sensibilities.”
to please armchair sailors and weathered old salts . . . Crockett has
crafted an excellent read. At times comical, other times poetic, and
always entertaining, fans of both good literature and real-life
adventure alike will find something of worth within these pages. Highly
book was delightful, even for a non-boating person such as myself.”
“There are gale-force winds, sea sickness, broken bones (all in the
first day in fact), but more than the expected sailing saga . . .
[Crockett] lets us in on his worry, his self-doubt, his weaknesses as
well as his moments of levity in a way that few writers do.”
“One would be justified in doubting if there would be any more classic
written accounts of old-fashioned seafaring in the tradition of Dana's Two
Years Before the Mast or Newby's The Last Grain Race. It is
therefore a pleasure to report that Rigel Crockett has produced a
first-rate account . . . and it stands squarely in that tradition.”
“This is definitely a book that anyone who has entertained notions of
proper sailing should read.”
admire Crockett’s grasp of language and effective prose . . . Fair
Wind and Plenty of It is a good read. Crockett is a good writer and we
should hope to see more from him.”
wonderful tale of adventure at sea and a fascinating contemporary
account of life aboard a square-rigger, with all its joys, hardships and
a world-sweeping, rollicking, storm-battered, easy-cruising,
obsession-driven, mutinous sun-dazzled tangle of adventures is this
yarn! Brilliantly, vividly told. I was carried away by it..."
Wind and Plenty of It
is filled with all those things that make high-seas adventure such
terrific reading - sailors struggling against the remorseless sea and
the confines of a ship, the clash of personalities, coming of age and
the breathtaking adventure of driving a wind-ship clear around the globe."
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