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ALLCARD, Clare. A Gypsy Life : Adventures of Clare and Edward Allcard aboard their Yacht Johanne. New York& London : W.W. Norton & Company, (1992). First Printing. Pp (6),-237,(3) + 16-page central section of colour photos. With 8 maps in the text. 8vo (162 x 240 mm), red cloth spine, red paper-covered boards, with gilt lettering to spine.
Clare Allcard (b. 1946, England) was living in Andorra (when not at sea) at the time of publication.
The narrative is split about equally between an account of the author and her husband's restoration of a Baltic trading ketch found rotting on an Antiguan beach, and an account of their subsequent cruises in her, to England, France, and finally home to Denmark.
"Clare Allcard and her husband, Edward, have dared to live a life that armchair adventurers can only dream about. Here Clare tells the story of their adventures aboard the Regina Johanne, a rotting, worm-riddled, 69-foot Baltic Trader they discovered beached in Antigua.
Clare and Edward (a naval architect), their daughter Katy, and an ever-shifting crew spent twelve years on the Regina Johanne, working to replace rotten timbers, exterminating the worms that were devouring her hull, constructing a peculiar one-and-a-half poster bed in preparation for a cruise with Clare's parents, and patching the frayed sails by hand.
While repairing the boat, they sailed from Antigua to Nevis, England, France, Denmark, and other exotic ports. Clare's insightful writing both addresses her family's personal experiences on the R Regina Johanne and includes useful information about the ports they visited, critical advice on the predominant sailing conditions in each area, and characteristics of the various foreign cultures they encountered. Sailors and nonsailors alike will be inspired by Clare's fascinating discussion of the family's nomadic lifestyle aboard the Regina Johanne." - from the jacket.
1. Of Dream Ships and Fish Poison.
2. Rats, Roaches, and Other Scavengers.
3. Out of the Water, a Worm's-Eye View.
4. Pumping Our Way to Bequia.
5. Careening and Crooks and the Concord Falls.
6. Hurricane Gertrude.
7. Re-rigging Ready for the Crossing.
8. The Atlantic.
9. Cossetting and Cruising in the U.K.
10. Chilly Adventures in France.
11. Johanne Returns to Her Birthplace.
12. A Time of Gales and Topmasts.
13. "L'abordage!" ( Collision at Sea).
14. Adios to Timothy and the Mainsail.
15. Mediterranean Spain.
16. The Good and the Bad in Italy.
17. A Greek Holiday.
18. The Suez Canal.
19. An Incident off Ethiopia.
21. Final Haul to the Garden of Eden.
With glossary of nautical terms.
Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 35.00
Title: A Gypsy Life : Adventures of Clare and Edward Allcard aboard their Yacht Johanne. First American Edition in dustjacket
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company: 1992
ISBN Number: 0393030725
ISBN Number 13: 9780393030723
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