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An epic and inspiring story of an ordinary bloke with a passion for adventure who attempts to row 3,235 miles across the Atlantic. Achieving this would make him the only person to sail and row the Atlantic solo. With candid and sometimes humorous writing you really feel you are on Dave’s shoulder as you follow the adventure from first inception to the challenges he faced re-integrating himself into normal life. A testament to what is possible if you are determined enough to follow your dreams.
Dave Clarke is an inveterate adventurer: a man with an incurable desire to test his physical and mental limits against the forces of nature. He has a passionate relationship with rugged country and wild oceans, constantly seeking out new challenges where he is able to commune with the natural world and find solace and freedom from the constraints of a busy working life. One of his favourite environments is the deep ocean; as he puts it, one of the last great wildernesses and one that can never be tamed. From an early age he drew inspiration from the sea and the men who took their living from it. Self-taught in sailing skills, he sailed solo and unsupported from Falmouth to Barbados across the great North Atlantic in one of the smallest boats to ever make the journey; described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as a story that turned a dream into a life-changing reality. And now Dave has another adventure to relate. In Solo: A Thousand Miles from Anywhere he again hears the siren call of the great oceans and attempts to row single-handed and unsupported the three thousand mile journey across the Atlantic - despite never having rowed a boat in his life. This book is about that adventure. Of the year-long struggle to find the funds, the problems of boat design and construction, the frustrations of bureaucracy, the heartbreak of leaving his family for many months, the pain and joy of ocean rowing and the eventual success that brought its own difficult re-adjustments. Solo is the inspiring story of an ordinary man who refused to let go of his dream. Written with humour, self-deprecation and deep insights that can only come when you're on your own - a thousand miles from anywhere.
A'nyone who rows an ocean single - handed deserves respect and Dave Clarke is one of those very respected few.' Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
'His story cannot fail to impress; an ordinary man doing extraordinary things... The world needs adventurers - Dave Clarke is surely one of them: you might be too.' Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Publication date: 12/09/2012
Publisher: Blue Dolphin Books
|Publication date:||12th September 2012|
|Publisher:||Blue Dolphin Books|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, Travel,|
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 www.daveclarkesolo.com to see details of the authors latest project.More About Dave Clarke