Eric decided to swap his 23 1/2-foot wooden sloop for a 38-foot Rival yacht called Luna Quest to satisfy his long-held desire for making more extensive sea voyages. In 2005 he set off rather late in the season from Turkey for France, where he arrived unscathed when winter had already set in. This short-handed trip across the Mediterranean Sea gave him an insight into what can be expected to befall the long-distance sailor, giving him the opportunity in France to have the boat fully fitted out in preparation for an ocean voyage. In the spring of 2006, again short-handed, he made his way to the Canary islands before making his first Atlantic Ocean crossing. In December, as a participant in the annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, he nearly lost his spinnaker on the first day. He managed to come in third on arrival in St. Lucia. His return home was fraught with gales and sickness ended with the near sinking of his ship in Falmouth Marina. As this well-written book focuses on long-distance sailing and its associated experiences, it is uniquely placed for anyone contemplating ocean voyaging.
The Cruise of Luna Quest
29 Nov 2011