TO THE ICE AND BEYOND

Yachting Monthly - - BOOK CLUB -

Graeme Ken­dall, Mary Egan Pub­lish­ing

Graeme Ken­dall’s solo cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion was Auck­land to Auck­land, 28,000 miles east-west through the North-west Pas­sage with a five-year in­ter­mis­sion at Nuuk, Green­land. He didn’t set out to win a race, set a record or prove a point, ex­cept to him­self – this was the ful­fill­ment of a boy­hood dream. Ken­dall used his own money to plan and build his ideal yacht, spend­ing two years full time re­search­ing ev­ery item of equip­ment be­fore buy­ing the best. His Kevlar-coated yacht As­tral Ex­press is fast and tough, keep­ing up her 6.5-knot av­er­age cruis­ing speed over 32 seas and oceans. His in­ti­mate un­der­stand­ing of her qual­i­ties gives his writ­ing – and his sail­ing – an en­vi­able cer­tainty. He’s prag­matic, re­flec­tive yet never smug.

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