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An Ocean Away by Dave Clarke

An Ocean Away

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An inspiring book in many ways, Dave Clarke’s story of sailing across the Atlantic in a renovated 18 foot yacht is a joy to read. This book is about a chap with a lot of determination and enthusiasm who wanted to make his dream a reality and was not going to keep putting it off with excuses that could be there for years to come. Clarke is an ordinary bloke fulfilling an extraordinary dream and tells his tale with honesty and humour.


An Ocean Away by Dave Clarke

Dave 'Sharky' Clarke might be a typical Northern lad, yet from a very early age he harboured an extraordinarily untypical ambition. He dreamed not only of sailing, and not merely of sailing solo, but of sailing solo across the Atlantic.What in an unsettled upbringing, a fractured family life, and a catastrophically disrupted education, had brought him to that ambition? Perhaps it was in spite of those things that he set himself so monumental a challenge. Furnished with only an eighteen-foot sailboat, which lovingly christened Sharky, the remarkable adventure of Dave Clarke's life began, with its highs, lows, its near-death scrapes, and the people who lit his path along the way - not least the woman he was eventually to marry. As the author himself points out, 'The 76,000,000 square kilometres of turbulent menace, vengeful and forgiving in turn.'

Not a place for the foolhardy or reckless, but a challenge to those who dare test themselves against its mesmerising power. Few have sought to pit themselves against it, armed only with those precious commodities, personal skill and determination.Dave Clarke, with no seafaring tradition, a sailor entirely self-taught, lacking finance, and blessed only with a steely resolve, turned his dream into reality. An Ocean Away is quite simply an unforgettable account, by turns poignant, modest, full of longing, but above all hugely inspiring - required reading for all those with a sense of adventure in their souls.


'This book affords the rare privilege of enjoying a real-life ocean adventure without getting wet. Read it, it's brilliant!' Barefoot Doctor, author, healer

'A passionate story to inspire us all to follow our dreams. This is an exciting account of an unsupported journey that overcame adversity, setbacks and moments of real doubt to turn a dream into a life-changing reality; an inspirational read with a wild touch.' Sir Ranulph Fiennes

'The inspiring tale of a solo Atlantic crossing in a tiny pocket cruiser. Dave Clarke was fascinated by Shane Acton's circumnavigation in the 18 ft Shrimpy and set his mind on sailing a boat of the same size across the Atlantic. Clarke's funds were severely limited and as well as refitting the boat he had to teach himself to sail. A moving tale of a determined and modest adventurer.' Yachting Monthly

About the Author

Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke, now in his mid forties; is recovering from rowing solo across the Atlantic earlier this year. Dave's epic adventure puts him in the Guinness book of records as the first to have sailed and then rowed this route solo. Visit to see details of the authors latest project.

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Publication date

25th October 2007


Dave Clarke

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Blue Dolphin Books


252 pages


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