Thinking up a Hurricane

Kobo ebook | September 28, 2012

byMartinique Stilwell

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In the spring of 1977 Frank Stilwell launched Vingila, 17 tons of welded together 11-millimetre steel plates, in Durban harbour. An electrician by trade, Frank's experience of sailing amounted to not very much - an unpleasant spell on a Scottish fishing trawler as a young man and a brief holiday on someone else's yacht off the coast of Mozambique a couple of years before. Never one to be daunted by a challenge or to be resisted in any way, he took his nine year old twins, Robert and Nicky, out of school, persuaded his wife Maureen that they would all learn how to sail and cope with life on the open seas as they went, and prepared to follow his dream of circumnavigating the world. Facing real danger from the elements and at first having to live more by their wits than their skills, the Stilwell family set off boldly, determined to become part of a community of sailors and adventurers who spend more time on the ocean than they do on dry land. In this unique coming of age memoir Martinique Stilwell's recounting of her true life gypsy childhood is poignant and funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. With the wisdom and innocence of a child's point of view, it is a powerful yet tender story of physical and emotional adversity, of family dysfunction and the ties that bind, and of the shackles and exhilarating freedom of growing up different.

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In the spring of 1977 Frank Stilwell launched Vingila, 17 tons of welded together 11-millimetre steel plates, in Durban harbour. An electrician by trade, Frank's experience of sailing amounted to not very much - an unpleasant spell on a Scottish fishing trawler as a young man and a brief holiday on someone else's yacht off the coast of...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 28, 2012Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143529765

ISBN - 13:9780143529767

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written and a brilliant read. A book really worth reading. I am sure many people wish that they had the nerve to sell up and set sail. This is close enough for me! A very brave and courageous family embarking somewhat blindly to the adventures of the sea.
Date published: 2014-08-07