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Author Name:    RAYNES, Rozelle

Title:   Sea Bird. UK in clipped dj.

Publisher:    Springwood Books, London, 1979, ISBN:0905947770 

Seller ID:   86699

RAYNES, Rozelle. The Sea Bird. (London) : Springwood Books, (1979). Pp [i]-x,(2),[1]-188,+ 20 pp plates. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Toy231. "There are two contrasting types of yachtsmen - the ocean sailors who circumnavigate the globe in a blaze of sponsored glory and the coastal sai lors who pick their way precariously among rocks and shifting sandbanks with swift-flowing tides and gusts of wind threatening to wreck their flimsy boats. Rozelle Raynes learned to row almost before she could walk and becameentranced by the problems and challenges of the coastal mariner at an earl y age. She joined the WRNS as a stoker when she was seventeen and spent three years at sea on liberty-boats and small landing craft, worked as a deck-hand on a 100-ton sailing cutter which turned out to be a smuggler's vessel. Her own first boat was a very leaky converted ship's lifeboat in which she made voyages to France, Belgium and Holland, until she was wrecked in a gale on the Belgian coast. Deciding to learn to sail, she bought a 2 1/2 tonFolkboat and discovered the excitement of cross-channel races in rough sea s; intricate navigation under sail alone; learning to be a single-hander and reaching the Finn/Russian frontier and the west coast of Norway. She spent two years in the Merchant Navy working as an assistant purser on a cross-channel ferry, and gained her Life-boatman's certificate. She married another keen sailor and they both passed their yachtmaster's certificate. They have two wooden sailing-boats and the author uses the Folkboat for teaching a group of East End children how to sail and navigate on the River Thames. Her enterprise, enthusiasm and courage make this a fascinating account of her adventures at sea." - from the dj. Very good in price-clipped dustjacket. 20.00


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