Spindrift: A Wilderness Pilgrimage at Sea

Spindrift: A Wilderness Pilgrimage at Sea


By (author) Peter Reason

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  • Publisher: Vala Publishing Cooperative Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 16mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 24 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Bristol
  • ISBN 10: 190836310X
  • ISBN 13: 9781908363107
  • Illustrations note: 2 maps
  • Sales rank: 604,996

Product description

Spindrift is the story of a sailing odyssey, but also of an inward journey into deep truths about who we are and how we belong in the universal scheme. A meditation on sailing and life, it is a hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking book for landlubbers, sailors, philosophers and naturalists alike. It is a story of pilgrimage, of reflection through solitude and through connection with nature. Mostly sailing alone, Peter Reason invites us to share in the minute-by-minute challenges of seamanship and navigation, on his enthralling journey in his 31ft yacht from Plymouth across the Celtic Sea and back. Exploring far more than the seaways, the author successfully manages to tell the story of a journey with another dimension - that of investigating and reflecting on our human place in the ecology of the planet. He reaches towards his stated aim of re-opening the 'great conversation' with the Earth, in contrast to our modern ways of living, which leave us speaking only to ourselves. Above all, this book shows us that Nature is not just a place to visit, but our home. As we finish the book, we may feel we, not it, are the ones being returned, to a rather dusty shelf. Along the way we have been given glimpses of 'the gorgeous arc of the universe' and shown how we ourselves are part of this immense, continuing process of evolution. We may be back at our mooring, but we find ourselves listening to the weather report with a new sense of engagement.

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Author information

Peter Reason is a long-time sailor and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bath. Before he retired in 2009 he was a leading international figure in action research - exploring how direct experience and reflective learning can inform personal and organisational change. Post-retirement he has focused on writing for an ecology in crisis, drawing in particular on his experience of the sea through mindful sailing.

Review quote

"A wonderfully salty, sea-soaked voyage of discovery. Peter Reason shows us what it is to fall in love with the Earth all over again" Sharon Blackie, Editor, EarthLines Magazine

Table of contents

A Day in the Life Getting on Board Setting Out Along the Coast Interlude at St Mawes: Memories & Reflections Catching the Tide Scillies and Gaia Across the Celtic Sea Kinsale, Baltimore, Dunmanus Dunmanus to Derrynane Derrynane to Ventry The Blasket Islands Skellig Rocks Interlude at Derrynane: What is Wild? Downwind to Kinsale Rough Seas and Night Sky Returning Home