Dolphins Under My Bed

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Sandra Clayton, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 277 pages
In declining health, overworked, and living in the cold, damp north, one winter evening David has one of those Eureka! moments that most people experience at some time in their lives. His is: "Why don't we sell up and sail away to a better climate?"

'Living on a boat is cheap compared to a house, ' he tells wife Sandra, 'and the difference to our health would be enormous.'

One problem for Sandra is that it isn't that cheap, and with the retirement pension still light-years away, she has visions of ending her days a bag lady. Another problem is that she "hates" sailing.

But things have a habit of working out, and "Dolphins Under My Bed" charts their 2,000-mile voyage on a forty-foot sailing catamaran from England to the Channel Islands, down the Atlantic coasts of France, Spain, and Portugal to Gibraltar, and into the warm waters of the Mediterranean.

Conditions are sometimes maddening, occasionally dangerous, and often magical. Marine creatures enchant their days, while ships that pass in the night add a touch of romance-just so long as they do actually pass. It's the ones that make a sharp left turn across their bows that are the big worry.

But it is the people of the host countries-many of whom share little or no language with this linguistically challenged couple-whose kindness and courtesy light up these pages.

"Dolphins Under My Bed" is an entertaining, humorous, and thoughtful book by someone who finds herself in places and situations where she never expected to be. No previous experience of sailing is required to enjoy it.


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Sandra Clayton is the first one to say that she was never very fond of sailing. Oh, the idea of it was alright, but the mechanics of it were the issue. A few holiday sails taken over the years are the ... Read full review

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