By Peter Clutterbuck
After learning to sail his Wayfarer dinghy in coastal waters, a teenage Peter Clutterbuck decided to embark on a real-life Swallows and Amazons adventure - setting out on incredible voyages across the high seas. He and a series of intrepid crew first sailed across the Channel, then braved the notorious Bay of Biscay, cruised the Mediterranean, before tackling the North Sea and Baltic.
They lived aboard the 16-foot dinghy for months at a time, without a cabin, exposed to the sea, completing some of the longest voyages then achieved in an open boat. Sailing on the edge, often on stormy nights, they survived towering waves, gales, capsizes, dismasting, nine rudder breakages in heavy seas, getting lost in fog, and hallucinations caused by sleep deprivation.
Beautifully written and charmingly told, with plenty of offbeat humor, this is a classic true story and a delightfully entertaining and engaging insight into a golden age of freedom and adventure.