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Long Lost Log - Diary of a Virgin Sailor


Loved it! 😍

The journey of a lifetime unfolds as Mick signs on as deckhand on a yacht bound for the West Indies - despite no previous sailing experience

At a loose end and with his life going nowhere, Mick accepts an offer to be a deck hand on a small yacht bound for Spain and then the America’s. The only problem is that Mick has never sailed in his life.

With a crash course in the basics of knots, sails and navigation and armed with just his journal and his trusty banjo, Mick sets off on the adventure of his life with his skipper John and John’s girlfriend, the somewhat posh Carola.

Set during the 1970’s at a time when strikes have caused problems and the UK is gripped by an economic downturn leading to the 3 day working week, Mick decides enough is enough.

What follows is a travelogue and personal diary written nearly 50 years later following the return of Mick’s lost journal from an old flame, discovered in an attic on the other side of the world.

The author combines his personal observations with colourful descriptions of the foreign locations he visits. He adds a witty chronicling of the people and situations that he encounters on his maiden voyage.

I’m not a sailor. My relationship with boats is limited to just a trip on the Dover to Calais ferry, ironically in the 1970’s, plus a river trip on a paddle steamer between Tilbury and Tower Bridge. Neither of these required any sailing knowledge from me so I was intrigued by the details on how to sail that Mick had to learn as his trip unfurled.

I like the way that the author doesn’t try to hide any of his failings and describes his adventures in a ‘walts and all’ way that strangely makes him more endearing.

Written in a nice easy style that makes for a fluid reading experience, this was fun to read whilst also being partly educational.

This book is Ideal for anyone who likes biography, travelogue, sailing, or just enjoys a good adventure story.

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About the author

A successfully published author with Lilliput Press, Michael is the son of Chapman Pincher, the famous British investigative journalist. At 17, he ran away to sea before settling down and working in IT. He is a sculptor, songwriter and Citizen Scientist - campaigning on the decline of insects. view profile

Published on April 28, 2022

Published by Lilliput Press

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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