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The Improbable Voyage


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Jones, the irrepressible Welsh sailor who told of his circumnavigation of the globe in Outward Leg (LJ 4/15/86) writes of yet another remarkable voyage. This tale recounts a river trip from the North Sea to the Black Sea through the heart of Europe by way of the Rhine and the Danube in his oceangoing trimaran, Outward Leg. A river voyage offers its own unique hazards, but this voyage had unusual ones. Jones's saga of his dealings with the regulations of the Eastern bloc nations brings home the vast gulf between our lives and those of Eastern Europeans. Fascinating too is the personality of ``Old Father Danube.'' Jones's efforts to reach the handicapped (he is an amputee) with his message of hope continues to shine in this work. Highly recommended. Susan Ebershoff-Coles, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L.

In this sequel to Outward Leg we find Jones preparing to take his ocean-going trimaran from London to Amsterdam and then through the heartland of Europe, via the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers to the Black Sea. Navigation will be more difficult than on the open sea, he tells us, because of heavy commerical traffic on the Rhine, the 62 locks on the Main between Frankfurt and Nurnberg (Nuremburg), submerged rocks and shifting sand bars. At the Nurnberg docks, ship and crew reach a dead end, trapped in ice and a web of bureaucracy. There is no water route to the Danube, and Jones needs a special permit to haul Outward Leg overland. His involuntary 10-week delay garnered publicity and sympathy for his cause (aiding the handicapped); his original two-man crew (from New York) departed, to be replaced by an engaging young German, Thomas. At the end of March they set out from Ingoldstadt on ``Father Danube,'' accompanied by the blare of bagpipes from a tape deck. It is Jones's boast that his trip marked the first time that a sea-going yacht has traversed the uncharted lower DanubeAustria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, to the port of Varna in Bulgaria and into the Black Sea. There are hostile border guards, gunboats, hazardous defiles and rapids; a few glorious days in Vienna and Budapest; relief at journey's end. Good adventure, vintage Tristan Jones. (May 18)

This is the astonishing tale of Tristan Jones' 2,307 mile voyage across Europe in an ocean-going trimaran. This book continues where his book Outward Leg left off, and the legendary sailor and storyteller doesn't let his readers down. Riveting and spellbinding from start to finish. * Latitudes & Attitudes *
With characteristic wit and inimitable style, the legendary sailor and master storyteller continues this tale of his round-the-world voyage begun in his book Outward Leg. * Sailing Inland & Offshore *

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