Preface; PART ONE: SWAPPING THE LONDON UNDERGROUND FOR THE BRITISH SEAS: Cruise Philosophy, My Sailing Experience, Hobo the Yacht, Safety for a Sailor; PART TWO: GREENWICH TO GREENWICH AROUND THE BRITISH ISLES: East: Greenwich to Inverness, North: Inverness to Bangor NI, West: Bangor NI to Newlyn, South: Newlyn to Greenwich; Epilogue; Glossary; Appendix.
Kim Sturgess describes himself as a conservative 'weekend' sailor. He learned to sail at 24, had an RYA Day Skipper qualification and, before this trip, had logged about 5,800 nautical miles cruising, mostly in the sight of the coast. He had never before attempted a substantial voyage.
"If the thought of tough coastal night passages puts you off sailing round Britain, try Kim Sturgess's tactic of breaking the voyage down into '50 day sails and one night passage' as he did... It's interesting for anyone thinking of making the voyage." (Yachting Monthly) "His narrative grips the reader as we share the heart-in-the-mouth experience... He tells his story with a vivid immediacy: we are there with him. We share the dangers he faces during the miserable summer of 2007, his philosophical observations along the way and his sadness at recurring evidence of national decline in the places he visits." (Cruising Association) "Sail the glorious and challenging coast of Britain with Kim Sturgess in his salty tale.... His leisurely approach to adventure takes in towns and villages along the way and brings to life the great variety of culture and cuisine on our small island... It's wonderful, warm and well worth a read." (Sailing Today) An unusual travel guide by an unusual companion." (Yachting Life)