Solitaire Spirit: Three times around the world single-handed

Solitaire Spirit: Three times around the world single-handed

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by Les Powles
     
 

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Les Powles only had 8 hours of sailing experience when he decided to sail solo around the world. Many novices would be content to just dream of such an adventure, and maybe get as far as a solo Channel crossing a couple of years down the line. Not so Les Powles, one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary and eccentric sailors.

Les was in his 50s when he

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Les Powles only had 8 hours of sailing experience when he decided to sail solo around the world. Many novices would be content to just dream of such an adventure, and maybe get as far as a solo Channel crossing a couple of years down the line. Not so Les Powles, one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary and eccentric sailors.

Les was in his 50s when he built himself a yacht with little prior knowledge of boatbuilding. Remarkably he made it across the Atlantic, though his navigation skills didn't match his boatbuilding abilities; his first landfall was Brazil. He'd been aiming for Barbados - 100 miles north, and in a different hemisphere!

Three complete solo circumnavigations followed, all of them full of incident. The last one saw him given up for dead when he hadn't been heard from for four months. His boat had been damaged in a storm, he'd lost all communications and had virtually run out of food. When he sailed up the Lymington River (aged 70) in a skeletal state his arrival caused a media frenzy. Lymington Yacht Haven subsequently gave him a free berth for life.

A terrific achiever who has beaten the odds, Les Powles tells his story in a lively, entertaining, humorous and compelling way. It will resonate with sailors and non sailors alike, and may inspire one of them to become the twenty-first century's Les Powles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408154151
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/15/2012
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Les Powles, now 85 and living aboard his beloved self-built yacht Solitaire in Lymington Yacht Haven, is an ordinary yachtsman with an extraordinary tale to tell. He won Yachtsman of the Year in 1981 in recognition of his amazing achievements, and after completing his last great adventure, Lymington Yacht Haven gave him a free berth for life.

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Solitaire Spirit: Three times around the world single-handed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Who's the Man? Wow - Les sure let his inner child loose when he decided to sail around the world for the first time - and it egged him on to more than one should normally survive. Tis the tale of a true sailor. Is a sea shanty in order?