This thread brings a smile to my face.
My dad gave me "Dove" for Christmas
when I still had two years of school
to go. Needles to say, the book plus the National Geographic articles messed up my brains forever. I must have re read that book a dozen times by the time I sat my final school
exam. And during the exams came my English
paper essay topic, wait for it, "You are sailing singlehanded accross the Atlantic and about to make landfall at the island of St Helena. Write an extract from your dairy" . I could not believe my luck. I just wrote and wrote. Robin Lee Graham would have been proud of me! Got my best marks EVER for any exam.
I am writing this in my study, and there is the book, signed by my dad, Christmas
, December 1972. Next to it the three National Geographic magazines covering his voyage.
10 years later in 1982 I completed my solo passage
accross the South Atlantic, Punta del Este,Uruguay to Cape Town
, South Africa
Yep, I too was inspired by Dove, the books
, the mags and the (rather poor) movie
St Francis Bay, home of the perfect wave,