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Passage to Torres Strait
By Miles Hordern

Having first crossed thee oceans from the northern to the southern hemisphere in his early twenties, the next leg of Miles Hordern's round-the-world journey eluded him for twelve more years: the stretch between New Zealand and the Indian Ocean, guarded by the Torres Strait. Over the years, sailors attempting a passage through his mythical strait have either drowned on the treacherous reefs or starved in open boats. Yet Miles Hordern was unable to resist its siren call.
The cabin library of his 28-foot sloop included tales of individual, lingering histories that he wanted to trace for himself between the lines of the great chronicles, for it was the beachcomber - the sailor who jumped ship, mutinied or was shipwrecked and stayed - who had an enduring impact on island life. This is a thrilling single-handed voyage to the point where past meets present, messages from history forever bobbing in the wake of Hordern's yacht.

Miles Hordern grew up in land-locked Worcestershire. He first went to sea at the age of nineteen, in a 16-foot open boat bound from Cornwall to Africa. In 1990 he sailed single-handed from Britain to New Zealand. He has crossed the Pacific four times under sail and lives on Waiheke Island.

Soft cover 15 X 23.5 cm. 290 pages

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