Beer in the Bilges: Sailing Adventures in the South Pacific

Beer in the Bilges: Sailing Adventures in the South Pacific

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by Boreham; Jinks; Rossiter
     
 

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In the early 1980s, after the sexual revolution and before the explosion of the electronic age, the remote islands of Polynesia begged to be explored. For three experienced sailors who dreamed of sailing through the idyllic South Pacific, it was a perfect time to embark on a quest through some of the most amazing cruising destinations in the world.

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In the early 1980s, after the sexual revolution and before the explosion of the electronic age, the remote islands of Polynesia begged to be explored. For three experienced sailors who dreamed of sailing through the idyllic South Pacific, it was a perfect time to embark on a quest through some of the most amazing cruising destinations in the world.

As New Zealander “Hollywood” Bob Rossiter, Australian Peter Jinks, and Canadian Alan Boreham set off from different points in the world—one in the company of a Hollywood star, one racing aboard a classic wooden yacht, and one on his first high seas adventure—none of them has any idea that a series of unanticipated events will eventually bring them together in the tropical swelter of Pago Pago. Along their journey lined with unexpected moments, the sailors meet a wide array of eclectic characters, including Sharkbite Charlie; Rosie, the three-hundred-pound dancer; and Gunter, the mysterious German chef from South America.

Beer in the Bilges offers a fascinating glimpse into sailing voyages to the other side of the world where three men join forces and have to rely on their skills, their wit, and, most importantly, on each other as they embark on an unforgettable nautical adventure.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475928815
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
370
Sales rank:
329,007
File size:
10 MB

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Beer in the Bilges: Sailing Adventures in the South Pacific 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ArkansasBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Individually, these three authors of Beer in the Bilges have lived enough high adventure that they could write their own seperate, and successful, tales. But for the world’s benefit, they have joined together, as they had in the early ’80′s, to share their exciting experiences, before and after they met, in this memoir that will have you dreaming of distant lands. With a steady stream of beautiful photographs to punctuate their tales, “Hollywood” Bob Rossiter (of New Zealand), Peter Jinks (of Australia) and Alan Boreham (of Canada) bring you aboard their yachts as they set sail through the South Pacific. You will hear first, from each in turn, the trials of sailing with leaking bilges, sea sickness and unpredictable weather and meet their stalwart crews, including some famous ones you may have heard of, as well as the, sometimes, curious and quirky islanders. Later, they will come together to deliver a yacht while facing similar trials and becoming spiritually conscience of the gift of life on a voyage that would make the three men lifelong friends. Beer in the Bilges is an exciting read, a true tale of adventure and fortitude. And friendship. A sailing adventure in the South Pacific, it certainly is. And one voyage you’ll want to set sail on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorite "Beer in the Bilges" is a true life account of three men’s sailing adventure in the South Pacific. The book is split up into four parts. The first part is the story of “Hollywood” Bob from New Zealand’s sailing adventure from California to New Zealand with his actor friends Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter. The second part is the story of Peter from Australia’s sailing and racing adventure from Sydney to Suva yacht race to his voyage to the Polynesian Islands. The third part is the story of Alan from Canada’s first offshore voyage from Canada to Hawaii. Part four is where the three intrepid men combine forces for the yacht delivery of Ron of Argyll to Hawaii with their extensive time in Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa. Coauthors Alan Boreham, Peter Jinks, and Bob Rossiter smartly divide their individual adventures in the first three parts to introduce each author with their own sailing adventures accompanied by great pictures. The reader gets to become familiar with each storyteller about their exciting, fascinating trips across faraway lands that most people can only dream of. Coming from a sailor who has been traveling on a boat for the last five years, "Beer in the Bilges" accurately and amusingly depicts the lifestyle of cruisers/sailors with their stories of drinking copious amounts of beer, constant maintenance, hilarious characters that you meet along the way, and disasters at sea. The lingo is pure sailor and it was also clever of them to have a guide of sailor terminology and hilariously enough, British and Kiwi slang. This book is terrific for anyone that dreams of adventure, especially for anyone wanting to conquer the sea!