A Family Outing in the Atlantic

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Imperator Publishing, Nov 1, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 460 pages
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When she set off to cross the Atlantic as part of a delivery crew, Jill Dickin Schinas had no idea that she was embarking on a whole new life, but within a week of setting out she and the skipper were making plans for a journey to Cape Horn. One year later the couple were on their way but had detoured up the Amazon to get married. Two years after that they were crossing the Atlantic again, this time from the Caribbean and this time with the ship's company enlarged by the addition of a two year old son and a babe in arms. Together the little family then headed directly for the Falkland Islands and the southern tip of South America - travelling via the Bahamas, the Azores, Portugal, the Canaries, Cape Verde, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Uruguay, Argentina, and various tenanted and untenanted islets and lumps of rock cast adrift in the Atlantic Ocean. Seven years after setting out, they almost reached their destination... On the face of it, this book is a travelogue, but it is also a portrait of the cruising lifestyle- the hand-to-mouth, alternative lifestyle, not the early-retirement luxury cruise. Yes, we were bound for Cape Horn... in as much as we had a destination, this indeed was it. But we were in no great hurry, and even this goal was viewed as little more than a staging post on our journey, for we meant to journey indefinitely. Truly, it was not a place but a lifestyle which we were setting forth to find. The family's adventures range from fighting gales and battling with immigration officials, to exploring uncharted African waters and abandoning ship to board a chopper via the winch cable. There is much in here that will beof value to other yachtsmen and other travellers, and heaps which will appeal to armchair voyagers and to families seeking to turn away from the nine-to-five motorway and tread a road of their own. Contains 31 pen-and-ink drawings and cartoons. Includes a brief glossary for people not conversant with sailing terminology. By the author of Kids in the Cockpit (a guide to sailing and cruising with children). The Schinas family are talented people. Theres nothing on the planet that Nick cant fix, while Jill is an artist of character. The children are developing in the same mould, but the overriding feature of all their lives and the guiding spirit of this book, is their self-sufficiency and courage to make their own choices, come fair weather or foul. Casting fate to the ocean winds without visible means of support in the third millennium demands a lot more guts than ever it did thirty years ago. Keeping going, despite producing three fine children and surviving a capsize off the Falklands that ended on the winch cable of an RAF helicopter, shows the true spirit of seafaring. TOM CUNLIFFE
 

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Contents

Foreword by Tom Cunliffe
7
Once Upon a Time in El Ferrol
9
Round the World or Round the Bend?
27
And All I Ask is a Merry Yarn
57
Into Africa
75
Worlds Apart
93
The River of Life
119
Hurricane Caesar
143
Desert Islands
243
Crooks and Crocks
265
Fish and Ships with Chicken
295
Be the Current Against us
321
Stepping Stones
349
Mollymawks
371
Silver and Cold
389
They That go Down to the Sea in Ships
411

Baby on Board
169
Oilskins and Nappies
195
From Santa Cruz to São Nicolau
215
Epilogue And They All Lived Happily Ever After
437
Glossary of Nautical Jargon
449
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Tom Cunliffe has been sailing for most of his life and has worked in all branches of the profession, both racing and cruising. He is an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner (Offshore and Ocean) and writes regularly for Yachting Monthly and Yachting World. He has sailed from the Caribbean to Russia and from Brazil to the Arctic.

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