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Dolphins Under My Bed

By: Sandra Clayton(Author)
288 pages, 3 b/w maps
Dolphins Under My Bed
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  • Dolphins Under My Bed ISBN: 9781408132883 Paperback Feb 2011 Usually dispatched within 6 days
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Proving that sailing is not just the husband's pursuit, this charming narrative of one couple's first long distance voyage is told from the wife's perspective. Writing in a lively, humorous way, Sandra Clayton gives an entertaining account of her and husband David's maiden cruise from the UK, down the Atlantic coast and into the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Conscious that old age or poor health could prevent them from sailing away for much longer, they left the world of work behind to chase their dream of adventure. Conditions are sometimes maddening, occasionally dangerous, but frequently magical. Marine creatures enchant their days while ships that pass in the night add a touch of romance.

But Dolphins Under My Bed is far more than just the story of the Claytons' 2000 mile trip. Somewhat unprepared for what faced them on the way, they had to learn from their own mistakes, finding themselves in places and situations where they never expected to be. Dolphins Under My Bed has plenty to offer those who might consider embarking on a similar voyage of their own: learn how the Claytons did it, which route they took, the beautiful locations they visited, who they met along the way, and their good decisions as well as their bad. A great bunkside read, it may inspire others to make a similar break themselves.

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Initially a most reluctant sailor, Sandra Clayton fell in love with sailing and the sea, and the urge to write it all down became irresistible. Writing has been her pasttime or her job for most of her life, and her output includes an award-winning radio play for the BBC.

By: Sandra Clayton(Author)
288 pages, 3 b/w maps
Media reviews

"a refreshing tale of a well planned and executed voyage to the Med. Soothing stuff."
Practical Boat Owner (April 2011)

"Dolphins would appeal to both experienced boaters and those who have never been on the water. It is free of complicated or technical terminology and is a most charming read."
The Lifeboat Magazine

"an entertaining account of the adventures of a middle-aged couple who decided to retire early, buy a catamaran and sail off to the sun [...] a useful addition to the cruising bookshelf."
Royal Naval Sailing Association (Summer 2011)

"A delightful and enjoyable book"
Cruising Magazine

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