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“Hebridean Diary of a Serial Sailor”
ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ONE BOAT TO SAIL
The “Hebridean Diary of a Serial Sailor” offers fascinating insight into the life of serial sailor, Cully Pettigrew, who has one passion and obsession, to sail the seas off the West Coast of Scotland, one of the last wildernesses in Europe and Mecca for yachtsmen the world over!
Thirty three years and over 25,000 miles in the same boat is one hell of a journey, and Pettigrew`s lively and thought-provoking account of this existence viewed from his strong belief in living the one life to the full, present a unique perspective of interest to both sailor and landlubber alike.
Starting in 1979, his account is taken directly from the log-books of his yacht, Papillon of Carden, and will be of serious interest to any sailor planning to explore the West Coast of Scotland by giving a record of the remote anchorages visited, distances covered, and further adventures experienced, all beautifully illustrated with over one hundred original colour images. The diary ends in 2012 with the author`s “year of sailing dangerously” and this near death experience may just have been the catharsis leading to his autobiography.
His hope is to give future voyagers the inspiration to float their dreams onto water, and not to remain self -indulged, immobile or afraid of seeking another truth which may lie over the horizon; his unique story will be of additional interest to the arm chair sailors happy to allow others to experience the discomfort of hard sailing in sometimes treacherous conditions!
Much more than just a sailing story, the author gives a vivid insider account of his life as a Scottish art dealer, and lively discusses his core belief in “one life to live”, how mindfulness and keeping an open mind are essential for us all to live in harmony further expanding his strong views on anti-consumerism and materialism, and the dramatic part technology is presently playing in all our lives. He projects the theory our society may be drifting into a second “Dark Age”, and ends with a prediction of the future of our biosphere with mankind at the helm but Gaia in ultimate charge.
Norman Stone; Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara :“lively and original, like the thoughts of an Irish monk of the St Columba vintage setting out in a coracle”