Thirty Years Around the World Sus­tain­able Seas: man­ag­ing the marine en­vi­ron­ment

Boating NZ - - Opening The Books - By Tim Lecou­teur Self pub­lished CRUIS­ING BOOKS CAN By Lucy Brake and Raewyn Peart Pub­lished by En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fence So­ci­ety (EDS) $45

ex­hibit a cer­tain same­ness: ex­otic places, wild ad­ven­tures, brushes with dan­ger and lots of log book ex­tracts. Thirty Years Around the World has all of that, but also cap­tures the ro­mance, ad­ven­ture and sheer joy of sail­ing the world’s oceans.

Tim and Ginny Lecou­teur left their na­tive Eng­land in 1971 aboard the diminu­tive 28-foot tim­ber sloop Wei-hai, bound for New Zealand. This book re­calls their orig­i­nal two-year voy­age and two other mem­o­rable cruises with a grow­ing fam­ily and in the com­pany of yacht­ing friends.

In 1993 af­ter 15 years liv­ing in Auck­land “work­ing my­self into an early grave” Tim de­cided he’d had enough. He sold his busi­ness, bought Fal­coner, a yacht he’d briefly char­tered in the Mediter­ranean, and flew to Gi­bral­tar with the fam­ily to be­gin another ad­ven­ture.

The fi­nal sec­tion of the book chron­i­cles a third ex­tended cruise be­gin­ning in 2001, this time in the yacht Hersper­ine. With this ad­ven­ture the Le­cou­teurs fi­nally ful­filled their long held am­bi­tion of sail­ing around the world.

Nicely writ­ten with lots of charm­ing photos, Thirty Years Around the World is a bet­ter than av­er­age read.

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