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