Little Wing: Eastabout the Southern Oceans O'Brien

Raud O'Brien

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The author shares more than a little in his exploits with two other intrepid adventurers , H W Tilman of "High Mountains and Cold Seas" fame (J R L Andersons celebrated biography) and French solo sailor Bernard Moitessier, who sailed his steel ketch "Joshua" to fame in the 1968 Golden Globe Race. Raud OBriens book starts with his own mental and physical resurrection following a terrible rock-climbing accident which left him unconscious for eight days and paralysed down one side. An architect by profession, OBrien chronicles his recovery without the aid of the medical profession, but through the sports he loves - sailing and rock- climbing.

Little Wing is the name of the 10m(33ft) steel cutter he designed, built and sailed eastabout through the Southern Ocean, from Sydney and south of all five Great Capes in 1990-1. Remarkably, these days, OBrien(41) set out with no means of communicating with the outside world beyond line of sight, let alone an engine, liferaft, satellite navigation,radar or weatherfax.

His book, which describes his "ultimate voyage", and his determined fightback to an active life, has a compelling narrative that holds you as firmly as a climbers grip on granite, and yet is full of hidden depths and eloquent descriptions.

Paul Gelder, Features Ed. Yachting Monthly, U.K., September 1997

From the Author: Soloing in climbing and mountaineering terms has always meant climbing alone, with nothing between the climber and his/her own Doom but the skills and steadiness of the climber.

Single-handed sailing in the era of the "Greats" such as Slocum, Dumas, Gerbault, Hansen and Moitessier also meant sailing alone with nothing between the sailor and his/her own Demise but the solitary judgements and skills of the sailor.

In contrast to the current crop of so-called "single-handers", I chose to circumnavigate the world south of all five "Great Capes" in a vessel totally designed, predominately built, and entirely financed from my own work efforts; with no sponsors, no liferaft, no means of communication beyond line of sight, no engine, no satellite navigation, radar, or weatherfax - that is, no excess cargo! This was achieved with only partial use of one hand due to a rock-climbing fall that left me unconscious

for eight and a half days and initially paralysed down one side - in need of much self-resurrection!

But as observed by Peter Blake after New Zealand won the last America's Cup:-"if your initial design parameters and judgements relating to the project are correct, the rest will be "plain sailing"

20,000 Southern Ocean miles later, Little Wing returned almost undamaged, the voyage as a whole being an analogy with the situation of life aboard our planet:- Alone, as far as we know in our immediate Universe, with no lifeboats, no communication with outside and no chance of rescue by others.

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