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Fair Wind & Plenty of It: A Modern-Day Tall Ship Adventure

Crockett, Rigel

Published by Rodale, Emmaus, Penn., 2005
ISBN 10: 1594861609 / ISBN 13: 9781594861604
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Title: Fair Wind & Plenty of It: A Modern-Day Tall ...

Publisher: Rodale, Emmaus, Penn.

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition


First American edition; first printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the title page: "Rigel Crockett." The book is unmarked; slight spine slant; one corner, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $23.95); light edgewear; an "Autographed Copy" sticker on the front panel. Brodart protected. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005503

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Synopsis: A modern, true-life equivalent of Patrick O'Brien's popular books, this is a must-read for lovers of nautical adventure. On November 25th, 1997, a three-masted, square-rigged tall ship headed out from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, on a voyage around the world. It would travel for more than a year and a half, calling at ports as exotic and varied as Aruba, Samoa, Bali, and Zanzibar. In Fair Wind and Plenty of It, Rigel Crockett-a man who grew up in a shipbuilding village in Nova Scotia, whose own father was a shipbuilder and mother a sailmaker-tells the true story of that journey, and of his own quest to reconcile his family legacy with his need to take part in that harrowing voyage.

Fair Wind and Plenty of It is a virtuoso debut, perfectly captured in a mariner's idiom, filled with high seas drama and human intrigue and a personal exploration of what it means to be a sailor.

From the Inside Flap: In the tradition of Godforsaken Sea and In the Heart of the Sea, Fair Wind and Plenty of It is a virtuoso debut by a sailor turned scribe -- a must-read for lovers of nautical adventure.

On November 25th, 1997, the barque Picton Castle, a three-masted, square-rigged tall ship, headed out from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on a voyage around the world. Aboard ship a shifting crew of thirty, a combination of professional sailors and paying crew who were out $32,500 for the privilege of working "crew before the mast," would travel for over a year and half, calling in at ports as exotic and varied as Aruba, Somoa, Bali and Zanzibar.

Fair Wind and Plenty of It tells the story of an obsession, as Captain Dan Moreland, driven by a desire to make his mark in the world of traditional sail, rallies forces to convert a sixty-nine-year-old North Sea trawler into a seaworthy tall ship, and then assembles the crew to sail it. It's the story of the uneasy balance that is achieved on board, where insubordination and rancour must be kept in line among a crew whose only connection is their common desire to be part of this journey. And it is Rigel's story: a man who was conceived the day his father laid the keel for his first boat, whose mother was a sailmaker, and who has to reconcile his family legacy with his own need to understand why he must take part in the voyage of the barque Picton Castle.

In Fair Wind and Plenty of It, Rigel Crockett tells a tale of shipboard camaraderie, gut-wrenching struggles and the near-mutinies that marked the year-and-a half journey -- where fellow shipmates proved to be as perilous as the ever-present sea.

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