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Voyages of a Simple Sailor [Kindle Edition]

Roger D. Taylor
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Book Description

Aged just 23, and already set on a life of adventure, Roger Taylor signed up as an able seaman on the square-rigger Endeavour II, bound from Australia to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. It was the realisation of a boyhood dream. The dream was cruelly shattered when the ship was caught in a fierce tropical storm off the coast of northern New Zealand. For several days, the young crew fought in horrific conditions to keep the ship off the hostile cliffs to leeward. Their efforts were in vain. Nothing could save the ship as it was driven towards the shore. At one in the morning the ship finally struck land. With mountainous seas and storm force winds there was little chance of survival. Death seemed inevitable; the ordeal over. In fact it had hardly begun...

Having narrowly survived this formative experience, Roger resolved that from then on he would only ever go to sea on his own terms, single-handed and in small, easily manageable yachts. He built the 19’ ocean cruiser Roc and sailed her in the 1974 Trans Tasman Single-handed Yacht Race, only the sixth ever solo ocean race. In the early part of this voyage Roc was rolled in huge seas, the main steering was damaged and the self-steering smashed beyond repair. Roger hand-steered for nearly 30 days, only to encounter one of the worst storms recorded off the east coast of Australia.

Roger went on to sail many thousands of ocean miles, all the while refining his simple approach. This book is a distillation of over 50 years of sailing experience, describing small-boat voyaging from a unique and deeply considered perspective.


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  • File Size: 981 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The FitzRoy Press (May 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085U55XO
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean sailing adventure yarn Part 1 May 15, 2014
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Roger Taylor is one of the most extraordinary and successful small-boat ocean voyagers sailing today,and it is the good fortune of anyone interested in this topic that he is also a magnificent writer, who has written three books filled with priceless information, sly humour, literary allusions and observations of nature. His books are among my all-time favourites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simple truths about pure ocean sailing June 9, 2014
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i loved roger's sailing philosophy with such gems as; being self sufficient, anti nanny, anti those gaudy gin palaces that fill marinas and, in the event of disaster dying with dignity.

this book is well written an honest, suitable for the aspiring ocean sailor as well as those wanting to read about their favourite pastime. he's right too about the purity of sailing alone in a small seaworthy boat. thanks roger.
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By Jordi
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The pages are full of action and danger with plenty to learn for the sailor as well from Roger Taylor's life of sailing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sailing writing December 11, 2012
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Roger Taylor's true story of shipwreck on a modern-day square rigger, and his subsequent decision to only go to sea alone, on his own terms, and in small boats is non-fiction sailing writing at its best. This volume and his subsequent books tell the true tale of his travels as a simple, solo sailor in very small (in the neighborhood of 20 foot) yachts.
Taylor doesn't sugar coat the hard parts, nor does he paint himself as a swashbuckling hero. He has good days and bad days, good sailing weather and bad, and he tells it all in simple prose that keeps the reader turning pages long after the lights should be off. Highly recommend this book.
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More About the Author

Roger Taylor was born by the sea, of sea-faring stock, and has been sailing for well over fifty years. As a young seaman he was shipwrecked on a remote New Zealand shore aboard the square-rigger Endeavour II. He then built the 19' Roc and twice crossed the Tasman Sea in her. He has forged a unique sailing partnership with his latest yacht Mingming, using her to develop his ideas on simple, harmonious voyaging. Taylor has now written three much-praised books covering eight of his many ocean voyages.

In January 2010 he was awarded the Jester Medal by the Ocean Cruising Club for 'an outstanding contribution to the art of single-handed sailing.' In 2011 he sailed Mingming to 80 degrees North - just 600 miles from the North Pole. In 2013 the French edition of Mingming & the Art of Minimal Ocean Sailing was awarded the Prix Henri-Queffelec.

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