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Saturday 06 June 2009

John McCarthy talks to author Chris Stewart about the delights and disasters of his days as a novice sailor around the Greek Islands, and crewing on a yacht in the considerably more stormy north Atlantic.

Damian and Siobhan Horner explain how they escaped the rat race by taking their two toddlers on a life-changing trip on an old fishing boat through the waterways of France to a new home in Spain.

And Janie Hampton tells the story behind the oldest ship in Africa and the man it is named after. The SS Chauncy Maples started as a missionary ship but now, more than a century later, is becoming a floating clinic on Lake Malawi.

  • Janie Hampton

    Janie Hampton is an author and former journalist. She’s travelled widely working as journalist in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zaire (Kinshasa -Congo), Rwanda and Uganda, living in rural communities, travelling by canoe, bus, river-boat and train. In recent years Janie has been working for health charities and is the director of the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust to restore the SS Chauncy Maples as a clinic ship.

    find out more about Janie Hampton
  • Siobhan and Damian Horner

    Siobhan and Damian Horner are the authors of a new book For Better For Worse, For Richer For Poorer. Four years ago, Damian gave up his successful career in advertising and with his wife Siobhan, a former travel consultant, left behind a world of suburban domesticity. Together with their two young children they embark in their sixties wooden fishing boat travelling down the inland waterways of France to the Mediterranean sea.

    For Better For Worse, For Richer For Poorer
    Publisher: Phoenix
    ISBN-10: 0753823225
    ISBN-13: 978-0753823224

  • Chris Stewart

    Chris Stewart is the author of Driving Over Lemons and its sequels A Parrot in the Pepper Tree and The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society

    In his latest book Chris remembers his sailing experiences when he is given the job of skippering a yacht in the Aegean. Unable to sail, Chris hastily takes some lessons and then embarks on some eventful journeys round the Greek islands. He capitalises on his experience by joining the crew of a sailing expedition from Norway to Newfoundland along the route of the Vikings.

    3 Ways to Capsize a Boat, An Optimist Afloat
    Publisher: Sort of Books
    ISBN-10: 0956003834
    ISBN-13: 978-0956003836

    Find out more about Chris Stewart



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