Rowing After the White Whale

Rowing After the White Whale : A Crossing of the Indian Ocean by Hand

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What's it like to be on a small boat with no power but oars, and over 1,500 miles from the nearest land? Two friends decided to find out...

Over a boozy Sunday lunch, flatmates James Adair and Ben Stenning made a promise to row across an ocean despite having no sailing or rowing experience whatsoever. This is an account of their 116 days at sea as they undertook the voyage of a lifetime. From eerie calms to their capsize in stormy seas, their determination and perseverance pushed them through the relentless dangers of rowing and sleeping under sun, moon, wind and stars for day upon day. Their tale is one of moonbows and meteor showers, passing whales and thieving fish, lurking sharks and giant squid ... and a terrifying fight for survival.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 285g
  • Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None ed.
  • 1846973279
  • 9781846973277
  • 89,951

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'This is an outstanding book brilliantly written and I very highly recommend it' * Shipping Magazine * 'an excellent read: spirited and funny but also thoughtful, touching and well written' -- Stephen Taylor 'This is a truly splendid book, reminiscent, in its celebration of the triumph of cheerful resolve over incompetence, of Eric Newby's A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. It is a book without artifice of any kind, very funny and with the ring of many appalling truths' -- Sam Llewellyn 'a most readable account of real adventure by brave men' -- John Blashford-Snell 'An heroic journey' * The Daily Mail * 'A rousing tale of an adventure that most of us could scarcely dream about' * The Canberra Times * 'Funny and terrifying' -- Hattie Morahan * The Independent * 'A challenge like few others - one that requires total commitment and perseverance in the face of Mother Nature often at her most terrifying. I have huge respect for this brave duo. They knew that the blisters and pain wouldn't last forever! An epic achievement' -- Bear Grylls
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About James Adair

James Adair read Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He worked for two years as the editor of the Alderney Journal, perhaps the world's smallest paid-for newspaper, wrote a column in the Guernsey Press and wrote freelance articles for The Times' Books and News sections. To finance his dream of rowing an ocean he took a job as a shipbroker with HSBC in London. In the aftermath of his and Ben's incredible journey, he has returned to shipbrokerage.
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86 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 48% (41)
4 33% (28)
3 19% (16)
2 1% (1)
1 0% (0)
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