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Sir Alec Rose
193 pages long
Black & white as well as coloured photographs throughout!

'Here is Alec Rose's own story which includes two heroines, Lively Lady his boat, and Dorothy his wife. He tells it in his own words and writes of his early days, first as a rather delicate youngster, and then of his ventures in market gardening and of how he took to the sea. He describes how he came to race singled-handed across the Atlantic and how he gradually built up the plans towards his life's ambition of a voyage alone round Cape Horn.
Sailing forth the first time on his single-handed circumnavigation of the world he was set back by a chapter of disasters, but he doggedly carried on with his plan. He set out once more and, after weathering many gales, and nearly being dismasted, his Lively Lady arrived safely in Melbourne. The yacht suffered damage again in the storms of the Southern Ocean, so he turned into New Zealand for repairs before on the Horn itself. He goes on to tell of his voyage home from the Horn; when as a day succeeded day he had been on his own at sea for five whole months since leaving New Zealand, and 318 days at sea since leaving Portsmouth. He concludes with the enthusiastic and joyful welcome at Portsmouth, and then in London where he and Dorothy went to lunch at Buckingham Palace and the Queen knighted him only a few days after his safe return. It is almost a fairy story of a man who inherited to financial wealth but achieved his life's ambition through his own efforts, with no sponsorship, and became an inspiration to millions of people'.


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