Spindrift : A Wilderness Pilgrimage at Sea

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This 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. Mostly sailing alone, Peter Reason invites us to share in the minute-by-minute challenges of seamanship and navigation, on his journey in his yacht Coral from Plymouth across the Celtic Sea and back again. 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. Above all, this book shows us that Nature is not just a place to visit, but our home.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 400g
  • Vala Publishing Cooperative Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 maps
  • 190836310X
  • 9781908363107
  • 38,608

Table of contents

Foreword by Paul Evans. 1. A Day in the Life. 2. Getting on Board. 3. Setting Out. 4. Along the Coast. 5. Interlude at St Mawes: Memories & Reflections. 6. Catching the Tide. 7. Scillies and Gaia. 8. Across the Celtic Sea. 9. Kinsale, Baltimore, Dunmanus. 10. Dunmanus to Derrynane. 11. Derrynane to Ventry. 12. The Blasket Islands. 13. Skellig Rocks. 14. Interlude at Derrynane: What is Wild? 15. Downwind to Kinsale. 16. Rough Seas and Night Sky. 17. Returning Home.show more

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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 A truly great reading experience that drew me out of myself into the turning world of the oceans and into the depths of ecological awareness. -- Stephan Harding, resident ecologist, Schumacher College An enthralling sea journey which is thoughtful, courageous and unforgettably human. I was absorbed from the very first page. -- Miriam Darlington, author of Otter Country, published by Grantashow more

About Peter Reason

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. You can follow Peter's blog at onthewesternedge.wordpress.comshow more

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