Sailing With Senta - Eastward Ho!

Rated 3.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Have you ever dreamed of abandoning your current life-style and going adventuring on the high seas? Faith and her husband did just this. They retired from their careers in advertising and computers, bought and repaired an old sailing boat and set off to explore the Indian Ocean. This book tells you what happened. More

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About Faith Van Rooyen

Born 1938. Educated at Yeoville Convent, Johannesburg High School for Girls and Witwatersrand University, all in South Africa. Worked for more rhan 35 years in the computer software industry, designing and writing and implementing systems for business on mainframes and personal computers. Retired in 1995 to fulfil a life-time dream of cruising with her husband Pierrre on their forty foot Armel sailing boat, Senta.

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Farkwar reviewed on on April 28, 2017

First off, it's hard to assess stars for a book like this. For the general travel/adventure reader, it's probably a 3-star, but if you are specifically interested in cruising your sailboat around the world, it should get 4 stars.

I fall into the latter category. Mrs. Van Rooyen writes well in a straightforward way with little embellishment. This, her first volume, reads a bit like a journal and, given that, could benefit from painting characters more vividly and describing some activities with more detail and color. Even some dialog would help.

But, when relating the sailing experience, the challenges, weather conditions, routes and ports-of-call, it is good. There are photos and maps, diagrams of the sail plan, layout of the boat and a glossary--all are well wrought.

Because the prose is spare, the reading goes fast. I finished in two sittings and found, at the end, a need to read another in her series of seven "Sailing with Senta" books.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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