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Who is Roger Taylor? I had no idea when I stumbled accross this book. The Queen drummer? Well sure yeah, that’s one Roger Taylor, but this Roger – Roger D Taylor – is somebody far, far more interesting.
I have to be honest here, I was expecting ‘Voyages Of A Simple Sailor’ to be mediocre account of some amatuer sailor with a half interesting story. I only bought the book because part of it is about his Corribee, and since I’d just bought one was interested to read about them.
It turns out I could not have been more wrong. After a couple of pages I felt I was in the company of a great writer. His style is absolutely captivating, so completely absorbing that you could be forgiven for wearing a life jacket whilst reading it in bed.
The book is split into four parts, each a story of it’s own, the first is about how Roger began his sailing career and how he found himself in New Zealand, it’s easy reading and makes a good warm up and gentle segway in to the most fascinating roller coaster of a tale that I’ve read for a long time.
The second part is about the Endevour 2, a square rigger that Roger went sailing on in his early twenties, in fact just a touch younger than I am now. It’s the most gripping of the three stories and he does stunning job of portraying the situation. I don’t want to give any of it away, but you’ll just have to trust me on this, it’s one hell of a good story.
The third part is about his little self built 19 foot Ferro Cement boat ‘Roc’, and how he sailed her across the Tasman sea from New Zealand to Australia in some absolutely horrific conditions. In fact, it was on that trip that he died – you’ll have to read it to undertand that bit
The final part is the reason I bought the book in the first place, the story of mingming, his 21ft Junk Rigged Corribee. This final part of the book is by no means poorly written, but I don’t think it’s quite as elegant as the former two parts. This is perhaps down to the fact that the story being told is not quite so full of peril and near loss of life, but nevertheless it’s by no means a chore to read.
Overall this book as been one of my favorite reads this year and I really do encourage anybody with that faint flame of adventure in their hearts to buy a copy and read in awe, or envy at what’s possible if you just put your mind into it (and of course, your backside on the line
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